|The Broadlink RF functionality is STILL not working in the EU for Alexa or Google Home, so I’ve been on the hunt for Smart Home Broadlink alternatives until a fix for RF finally gives the EU back full functionality of RF plug sockets and RF light switches. If you’re looking for a Broadlink alternative then I may just have found something special. Question is, is it any good?
For under £90 the Energenie Mi home starter packs give you a smart home hub, 3 plug sockets, a light switch and a wireless ‘click’ switch. Energenie’s Mi home products are compatible with Alexa, Google Home and IFTTT, so it’s high time I checked out the Energenie Smart Home Starter bundle.
This review / tutorial is in typical Paul Hibbert style so you might want to mute your Alexa and Google Home devices 😉
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1. Infrared versus RF: Energenie doesn’t have the full functionality of the RM pro, it can’t control Infrared products, it isn’t a like for like alternative. If you’re looking for Infrared alternatives then hit me up on social media and I’ll give you my recommendations 😊
2. Can this control my existing RF stuff?: No, sadly not it’s all proprietary stuff, but a pack of 3 sockets is £25 so it’s still a really affordable replacement. I suppose it depends how much RF stuff you’ve got already but if you have a lot then there’s also this Sonoff product which controls most of my stuff (I couldn’t get it to learn my home easy light switches), but it will control most RF stuff… amzn.to/2QuCDNJ
3. Compatability: Energenie has 2 generations of smart home products. The first generation products are not controllable by the 2nd gen hub and vice versa, don’t accidentally buy 1st gen products for a 2nd gen hub!
4. Availability: Unfortunately Energenie aren’t widely available outside of the UK yet, though some products are for sale in other countries you will likely require an adaptor for your region.
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