Regular readers will know I go out of my way to avoid anything remotely approaching outright advertising – after all I do this absolutely for fun, not profit. But read on, I feel obliged to help out ZemiSmart.
Firstly they sent me some kit not knowing me from Adam (as we say in the UK occasionally). The first item I opened was a Smart Blinds controller. I was going to review this (and will at some point in the future) but it needs one of several types of blind – with beaded control strings of one kind or another – well, mine are NOT beaded, so that review went out of the window as it were. Hah, I just realised the irony of that as I was writing it.
As you can see I was all ready to go but the mechanism just won’t handle my kind of blinds. Oh, well. I checked out the controls and it is all good stuff, the unit comes with power supply and a separate stick on solar-panel/sensor, can be controlled (up/down) manually, automatically (light sensor) or with an App. They also sent me a shedload of Zigbee stuff which I can’t usse yet as I need a Zigbee gateway. I was quite open and told them that this was an issue and they quickly rsponded with an offer to send me a Zigbee hub. It is on it’s way.
I’ve no idea of the quality of their kit yet though they do more gadgets than you can shake a stick at. SO, I can’t write about the blinds controller as our blinds are the wrong type (non-beaded) so instead I promised to link to their Zemismart AliExpress 11/11 discount day while I await the Zigbee hub… can’t be any harm in that… I spend half my idling hours on AliExpress or Banggood (and I know that many of you do too from your feedback) so that’s not much of a leap of faith!!
Warrning, the following links could take up much of your time… I won’t be anywhere near the first to talk about Zigbee when I do… and I’ve been fighting it for the longest time but it seems it is of great interest to some of you so enjoy… our friend at NonEnoughTech discusses the subject and there’s a Node-Red node for Zigbee (direct Hobbyquaker link on GitHub) if you want to read more).