Adding devices into your smart home hubs
You have gotten Home-A-Genius and bought your smart home hubs and gadgets. What next?
Integrating devices into the respective hub
While devices such as Broadlink and TP link can be detected by Home-A-Genius, each device is unique to its own and can only be tagged to its respective hub. e.g. Philips bulbs can only communicate with Home-A-Genius via the Philips Hue Hub. Same goes to Xiaomi devices via the MiJia Gateway.
Understand the excitement in seeing the end result of your smart home, However, it is strongly advised that you spend some time naming your devices so that you can easily identify the devices.
Integrating devices into Securifi Hubs
Almond 3 is equipped with Zigbee/Wifi. Unlike its predecessor (Almond+), Almond 3 does not come with a Z-Wave. This could be due to limitations in Z-Wave. i.e. specific Z-Wave for specific countries, making purchasing of devices cumbersome. Almond 3 is a hub for most of the switches, sensors etc. You may refer to the link for more details about Almond 3.
Pre-requisite: Pair all supported* ZigBee/Z-Wave* devices or sensors to the Almond 3 via the Almond mobile app or the router user interface
To add an Almond to Home-A-Genius,
From the Devices page, select +Add Almond.
2. Click on the textbox for the IP Address. You will see a dropdown list of IP Addresses (as shown on the right).
3. Select the IP address with Securifi. Enter your password and select done.
4. Simple, it is completed.
Adding a TP-Link Smart Plug
Pre-requisite: Pair your TP-Link Smart Plug to your home network (same as Home-A-Genius) via the Kasa mobile app
1. Select + Add Hue Bridge
2. Select Next.
3. Press the Hue Bridge Button. All your devices (that was paired to the Hue Bridge) would be automatically synced to Home-A-Genius.
Scenario: you are trying to activate the aircon in your study room using a Broadlink IR Blaster.
In the Home-A-Genius Devices page, select Setup. Wait for Home-A-Genius to complete its search for all the Broadlink devices within range. Select done. Wait for the loader to complete the addition.
Select the + Sign to add devices.
You will see a new pop up screen: Create IR device. Enter a device name.
Next, select the Broadlink IR remote controller you would like to link with Home-A-Genius. Home-A-Genius recognizes each the IR remote controller via its MAC address.
If you have more than one Broadlink IR remote controller to connect, it is recommended that you "teach" and "test" each controller one by one so that you know which IR Blaster you are connecting to. We also recommend to copy and write the MAC address at the bottom of each controller for future reference.
Once everything is done, select save. Now you can select the study aircon to turn on/off through the quick button. You can now discard the remote control in a safe place until you decide to reset the Broadlink.
How to teach your BroadLink IR commands?
Selecting “Learn” means that the device is waiting for your IR signal. Your Broadlink will be activated to receive any IR commands from the remote control.
Assuming you’d want to turn on your aircon. The conventional way of doing this would be to point the remote control to the air con and turn on the air con. The temperature/fan speed etc would have been set based on the previous use. Likewise, simply point your remote at the Broadlink and press the power button to teach it how to “turn on” the aircon. Behind the scenes, Home-A-Genius will translate the IR signal from your remote into a series of codes that it can remember.
Now, point your remote at the Broadlink and press the button you would like Home-A-Genius to remember. A series of code would appear under the “On” Button section. Do the same for the “Off” button section. You can always check if Home-A-Genius has learnt the IR command correctly by selecting “Test”.
Note: The Broadlink on the right (image below) is activated and ready to receive any IR command that you want it to "learn". Remember to check that the white light is on before activating your remote control.
Adding Mi Home Gateway to Home-A-Genius
1. From Trigger, go to Mi Home Section, select Setup.
The following instructions will be shown in the pop up window.
To begin setup:
Step 1: From you Mi Home App, Select Default Gateway (as shown on Image 2).
Sometimes a popup will appear (as shown in Image 1),
If not, you be directed to page in Image 2.
Step 2: Select the 3 dots on the top right corner > Select About
Step 3: Tap the bottom of the screen repeatedly. You may tap anywhere in the area that is boxed up in red.
Step 4: The following screen (as shown below) will pop up.
Select the 3rd option (as highlighted in the red box below)
Step 5: Turn on the toggle button labelled as B in the image below. After which, you will see a series of numbers (labeled as A) and a toggle that is turned on (labelled as B).
Finally: Enter the password (indicated as A in the Mi Home App) into the text field below. Select "Save"
Note that the Password (like any other password), is case sensitive. If you have entered the wrong password, a pop up at the bottom right corner will appear:
If you are successful, all your Mi Home devices will magically appear.
All the best and good luck!