HomeKit and home automation

Ok since my OP, I’ve also added the following non-Home Kit automation items that I can control remotely:

Security alarm
Sliding gate
Video doorbell
Heater/ cooler unit

These are non-Homekit since Homekit ones don’t exist yet for them.

I’m considering Blinds and Garage at the moment (no real reason, just why not). Any ideas for these?

I’m considering garage. My door and auto opener need replacing, so if I do that, I’d probably prefer homekit compatible… but does it even exist…

Ok, I found a couple of homekit Garage ones: Insignia and Ismartgate - I’m going to go with Ismargate for now, will let you know how that goes.

I also found a couple of homekit Door ones: August and Danalock - I’m going to go with August, also will let you know how that goes.

Blinds automation is a lot trickier and more expensive as there are so many of them. Ikea is going to release one later, will let you know how that goes.

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I had an August, bloody hell it munched the batteries!

Didn’t really help that I still needed a key to unlock the security door - I ended up eBaying it and going back to keys - I have one of these on the door though so at least I can wander around close to home or in the depths of the garage (where I can’t see or hear what’s going on outside) without needing keys to get back in and without being concerned that the front door is unlocked.

Excellent. I also found https://www.gogogate.com/ which might be OK for mine, since I already have an automatic opener. I can make do with it for quite a few years yet.

Chamberlain makes a bridge to add homekit to chamberlain garage door openers

Yeah gogogate makes the ismartgate device, so same thing. Will let you know how it goes.

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This only works with certain Merlin and Chamberlain garage door openers/lifts, though. It doesn’t retrofit older non-MyQ door openers.

I looked at it and wished that it had Australian approvals when I bought my place as I’m not paying for a brand new opener again…

Ok got the iSmartGate to work well with the Home app. It’s actually an easy install. Looks it would work with most garage openers - need a red/white wired connector directly.

I liked it so much I got a second one and hooked it up to our sliding gate as well. Again an easy install. So both gate and garage are in the Home app.

The August smart lock was a bit more complicated as my deadbolt wasn’t compatible and I only found out after I disassembled it. I finally got a locksmith to do it properly for me. So now the front door is in the Home app as well.

So far so good all working well.

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Ok I’ve done my smart blinds research and the HomeKit compatible one that you can retrofit to existing blinds is Soma. So I’m getting a bunch - will let’s people know how this goes.


Ok - update.

I’ve just installed Soma Smart Shades to my blinds downstairs. The process was not as straightforward, as they are not natively Homekit compatible, but they provide a Soma Connect device that can be used as a bridge, that connects the devices to Homekit. The device themselves retrofit reasonably easily to existing blinds with chains.

Once they are installed and integrated into the Home app, it’s been great. I’ve added a Philips dimmer switch, so that the On/Off buttons controls my August Lock for the door, and the Dimmer Up/Down buttons controls the downstair blinds, so we don’t have to use the phone to do it exclusively.

Overall, my final Home app setup includes:

Front sliding gate, Garage door (via iSmartGate)
Front door lock (via August)
Bedroom and garage lights (via Philips)
Watering system front and back (via Eve)
Blinds (via Soma)
Printer socket switch (via Eve)
Cameras in and outside house and motion sensors (via Omna)

Automation that is OUTSIDE of the Home app that I have to use other apps for:

Video doorbell
Home security system
Home heating/cooling system

So my quest for full home automation I think has reached its limit. You don’t want to know the final cost of the above, as it all adds up, but it’s been a fun journey.