• Adding A Device

    Devices comprise of both the Smart home hub and its gadgets. Devices will take action/give instructions to your smart home (usually through voice controllers/switches), fulfilling your smart home experience.
     
    In this section, learn some of the devices that you may add to Home-A-Genius.

  • 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.

  • Securifi 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,

    1. 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

    Pair

    Pair the TP Link plug with the TP Link App

    2

    Setup

    Within Home-A-Genius, go to Devices page > Select Setup

    3

    Done

    Wait for devices to be detected > Done

  • Philips Hue Hub

    Pre-requisite: Pair all Hue devices or sensors to the Hue Bridge via the Hue 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.

  • BroadLink IR Blaster

    The Broadlink RM Mini 3 is currently the most affordable and reliable IR blaster out in the market right now. At a price of less than SGD20, you can use it to control your TV, sound bar, remote controlled fan and air con.
     
    The best thing, it is low powered, and requires only 5V. It has a USB cable that allows you to plug it at anywhere that is within line of sight of the device you want to control.

    Learn how to "teach" the Broadlink RM Mini 3 IR commands with your existing remote controls and Home-A-Genius.
     
    Pre-requisite: Pair your Broadlink RM Mini 3 to your home network (same as Home-A-Genius) via the iHC mobile app

    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.

  • Mi Home Gateway

    Mi Home line of products from Xiaomi has become one of the most popularly used smart home gadgets, simply due to its affordability and how readily they are available online. We are delighted to inform that Home-A-Genius recognises most of the devices and sensors from Mi Home just by adding the Mi Home Gateway.
     
    Pre-requisite: Pair all Mi Home devices or sensors to the gateway via the Mi Home mobile app

    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:

    1. Open your Mi Home mobile app and go to Gateway > Enter device
    2. Tap the More (3 dots) icon and tap About
    3. Tap the bottom of the screen repeatedly until you see extra options that are in Chinese
    4. Tap the third option and you should see a toggle switch and password
    5. Turn on the toggle switch and enter the password to the text field below
    6. Select "Save"

    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.

    Image 1

    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!

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