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Selected products from this vendor are presented on this page, with my assessments where I have personal experiences to share. The links are primarily directed to the vendor’s own pages, in English; for local pages/prices you will have to conduct your own search.

About the vendor and its products

Fibaro is a large player in the smart home market, both as supplier of individual components and of its own extensive system built around its own base station, Home Center. Examples of useful products are:

  • The base stations Home Center 2 and Home Center Lite, which both utilize the Z-Wave protocol (more about this under control & automation). Through a graphical interface in an app on a PC or Mac, comprehensive smart home algorithms can be set up and the system is also compatible with both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

  • Sensors of many different types, for motion, water leakage, door/window, CO level and smoke

  • Switches is another category spanning a wide variety of products; a smart plug, thermostat controller, smart light switches, smart dimmer relay, relay for controlling blinds, shades, etc., and a relay for changing the color of lights

  • Intercom, which in reality is a smart doorbell

  • Remote controls, including a keyfob, smart button and a kind of tablet for controlling devices based on gestures

  • In addition, at the start of 2019 Fibaro announced a new line of products, Fibaro Walli, containing a number of products based on the same design and meant to replace existing wired switches/outlets. This includes both smart outlets, on/off and dimmer switches, switch for sun coverings, and a “wall controller”. The whole line used Z-Wave and is compatible with both Amazon Alexa and Google Home

Fibaro offers several apps, including this one for iOS (others requires the Fibaro base station) and many of the individual components are also compatible with HomeKit, and there is both a Homebridge plugin for the home centers, a Homey app, and official support for many of the devices in Samsung SmartThings.

Our experiences

We have several Fibaro products integrated into our system, see more specific experiences in the table below. Generally, these are of high quality, but there are some frustrations linked to a need for rebooting and an app that often crashes.

Notice that on phones, the table might only display in landscape mode

Component Room Experiences

Single Switch smart relay x 3

Library, master bedroom, and guest room 1

These have been installed behind wall switches/fan connection box and these provide solutions to challenges that few other products can. Our experiences with these are very good; we have so far never had to reboot any of these or see them fail in any other way, fortunately, since they are not easy to reach.

Door/Window Sensor

Kitchen

This one gave us some problems in terms of staying connected. At that time, it was located in the outdoor shed, though, and after relocating it to the kitchen, it has worked very well, indicating distance from the base station was the issue. And it offers temperature measurements, which can be useful.

Smart Plug

Office

We have had frequent issues with this plug, which often becomes unresponsive. This required resetting it, after which it’d work again for a while, before failing again. After a firmware update, the problem has been reduced, but certainly not eliminated, and the plug has now been placed in the office and used to connect a light that is rarely in use.

Roller Shutter 2 smart relay for sun screen

Living room

After some issues with setting it up, connecting it to the base station, and calibrating it, this works just as it should to control an external sun screen

Walli Switch smart light switch

Downstairs bathroom

This caused some initial headache. Like many switches not made specifically for our Norwegian market, both the physical dimension and not in the least in the way the switch plate is attached to the switch itself are different from out other components. So instead of mounting it where I ideally wanted it, I had to change the installation somewhat, but in the end it worked out. And since it is not compatible with HomeKit, I had to go through SmarttThings and Homebridge, but in the end got it working. And it looks good, with a light ring around the switch when turned on.

Motion sensor Uninstalled This is an expensive, but nifty motion sensor. It looks like an eye, uses colors to indicate status, and in addition to motion, it also measures temperature and light level as well as warns about tampering. The experiences with this sensor were basically very good, but the setup, in our case using SmartThings and Homebridge, is a bit more clunky than for sensors natively supporting HomeKit, and its use in HomeKit was a little unreliable. It was therefore replaced by one with native HomeKit support.

Fibaro Walli Outlet

Kitchen This is a rather unique product; a smart power outlet (i.e., not a smart plug) that replaces a traditional power outlet with one that can be remotely operated. There are a couple of issues with it, however; depending on the size and shape of your wall recesses, it might not fit perfectly, and it is not compatible with HomeKit (it uses Z-Wave for communication). But it looks good, with a LED ring indicating its on/off status, and it seems well built.