• Adding Triggers

    Triggers are different from devices; in a way Triggers initiate the changes. e.g. turning on a switch to turn on a light. In this scenario, the switch is the trigger.

     

    In this section, learn some of the triggers that you may add to Home-A-Genius.

  • 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

    1

    Adding an Almond

    Select the "Add Almond" sign in Trigger page of Home-A-Genius local server.

    2

    Search IP

    Click on the text box of IP Address. Select the IP Address that is labelled with (Securifi)

    3

    Credentials

    Enter your username and password

    4

    Syncing up

    Almond will sync up whichever triggers you have paired with Almond.

  • Philips Hue Bridge

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

    1

    + Trigger

    Go to the Trigger page > Select +Add Hue Bridge > Next

    2

    Wake up the Bridge

    Press the main button of the hue bridge once.

    3

    Leave it to us!

    Home-A-Genius will do the rest of the work for you

  • 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!

  • Adding an IP Camera (VStarcam)

    In today's market for home monitoring, there is a massive range of IP cameras you can choose from and some times it can be rather confusing. For Home-A-Genius, we have decided to focus on 2 brands of IP cameras, VStarcam and Edimax, mainly due to their affordability and robust features. 
     
    In this section, we will provide step by step instructions on how to add your VStarcam IP camera to Home-A-Genius.
     
    Once added to Home-A-Genius, all IP cameras will only start recording after motion is detected. i.e. saves energy as only the required scenes are recorded.
     
    Pre-requisite: IP Camera should be plugged, powered on and paired with your home network (same as Home-A-Genius) via the Eye4 mobile app.

    From Triggers, go to IP Camera.

    Select the + sign at the bottom right of the section.

     

    In the Add IP Camera section, select VStarcam and give a name to the camera.

     

    Next, enter the IP Address by selecting the option from the dropdown based on the MAC Address of the VStarcam.

    How to finding out what is the MAC address of your VStarcam?

    From your Eye4 app, select more (3 dots) on the top right corner of the camera of interest > Select Settings > you will see the MAC address on the top section of the app.

    Once the IP Address has been selected, a pop up will appear below the IP Address.

     

    Select Learn More 

    A popup will appear, showing you "How to assign a static IP address and port number 88 to your IP Camera?"

    Instructions for VStarcam is listed in the 2nd section:

     

    1. Click Sign In according to the browser you are using
    2. Click the Settings icon (see image below) and go to Network Settings > Basic Network Settings
    3. Uncheck Obtain IP from DHCP Server, and set Http Port to 88
    4. Click "Submit" and wait a while to allow the camera to reboot
    Settings Icon

    Enter Username & Password of the camera >

     

    Select Face or motion detection > Set Sensitivity of motion (we recommend 70% for medium sized objects e.g. a cat.

     

    Select Save.

     

    Your VStarcam IP camera will now appear as one of the triggers in the IP Camera section.

  • Adding an IP Camera (Edimax Door Camera)

    The Edimax door camera is battery powered (from our testing, lasts for approx 3 months with rechargeable battery*) without any need for wires. This makes it ideal for placement at the main door as no messy drilling or additional power point is required. You also simply hook the camera over the door without needing to modify your beautiful door in any way.
     
    Like the VStarcam, once added to Home-A-Genius, the camera will only start recording after motion is detected. i.e. saves energy as only the required scenes are recorded.
     
    Pre-requisite: IP Camera should be powered on and paired with your home network (same as Home-A-Genius) via the EdiLife mobile app.

    From triggers, go to IP Camera.

    Select the + sign at the bottom right of the section.

     

    In the Add IP Camera section, select Edimax.

    Name the camera

     

    Next, select the IP Address based on the MAC address of your Edimax.

    Note: The MAC Address of the Edimax camera can be found at the bottom of the plugged-in receiver (with an antenna) that comes with every camera.

    Once the IP Address has been selected, a pop up will appear below the IP Address.

     

    Select Learn More 

     

    A popup will appear, showing "How to assign a static IP address and port number 88 to your IP Camera?"

    Once the loading complete, open the camera's website (as shown on the first red box below) Home-A-Genius has found for you.

     

    Follow the instructions for Edimax (as shown on the second red box below).

    Once done, head back to Home-A-Genius local page. Enter your camera's login and password.

     

    A popup will appear. Follow the instructions on the pop up. For ease of use, you may copy and paste the links provided by Home-A-Genius.

     

    Note that you will see a black screen on the Edimax camera as the camera will only be activated when movement has been detected. To view the camera, you have to add it to a room/scene. for more information on creating rooms/scene, please refer to here.

  • Adding a Voice Controller (Amazon Echo)

    Amazon Echo was the first thing that came to our mind when it comes to voice controllers. We have painstakingly built 2 skills in the Alexa App that complement to Home-A-Genius. You will need to work on a web browser for this to work.

    In the Voice Controller section, select "Login with Amazon"..

    Sign in to your Amazon account. Once signed in, your Voice Controller will now need to discover Home-A-Genius to sync your rooms and scenes.

    Visit the Alexa web page to begin installing Home-A-Genius Skills for Alexa.

     

    Next, sign in with your Amazon account again at the Alexa web page

    Select the menu bar on the top left corner of the page (boxed up in red).

    Click on skill

    Search for Home-A-Genius.

    Select "Home-A-Genius Assistant"

    Select Enable > Select Allow

    You should see this after the Alexa skill has been added.

    Continue doing the same for the other Alexa skill.

    What can you do with the Home-A-Genius Assistant Skill?

    Similar to the AI smart home assistant in the iOS Home-A-Genius app, you can use Alexa to "ask Home Genius" questions like "Alexa, ask Home Genius, how is my home", "Alexa, ask Home Genius, who is home?", "Alexa, ask Home Genius, what rooms are on?".

     

    These commands will come in handy if you are having severe muscle ache and love to continue sinking into the couch you are lying on.

     

    Read more about Home-A-Genius Assistant from here.

    What can you do with the Home-A-Genius skill?

    By integrating Home-A-Genius skill into Alexa, you can effectively command Alexa as a trigger to "Turn on <Room Name>" as what you have set up in our Automation page (Rooms/Scenes/Routines).

     

    This allows for commands to be triggered without saying "Ask HomeGenius bla bla bla", allowing for a more natural interaction with Alexa.

    Confused with which commands to use?

    Home-A-Genius will dynamically populate a list of commands for you based on what you have automation.

    Select the book icon on the bottom left corner of your Voice Controller section in the Trigger page.

    A list of commands will be populated. You can print the commands via the print button.

    What happens if you accidentally unlink your Amazon Account from Home-A-Genius?

    Note: It is advised to not unlink the Amazon account from the Home-A-Genius account. Doing so will make Amazon Echo disappear from the trigger. i.e. if you want to re-instate Amazon Echo to your Home-A-Genius account, there are 2 ways to get your settings back:

    1. Add the voice controller option back to every automation that used to have the voice controller.

     

    2. Restore Home-A-Genius setting completely. Go to Settings > Backup/Restore Data > Restore

  • Adding a Voice Controller (Google Home)

    Google Home is a popular new comer for voice controllers. To meet the demand, we have recently built a Google Assistant Smart Home App that works with Home-A-Genius.
     
    Download the Google Home App from your mobile app store to get started.

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