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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

Frontier is a brand name of the company King-I, in Taiwan, which makes different products for smart homes. In its selection, there are thermostats and a type of smart plug with a timer, but what interests me is a type of smart light switch called Aura BLE. These use bluetooth for communication and come in versions also suited for Europe. The advantage of using bluetooth is that they can be powered by battery, thus not requiring a neutral line for connection. The switch comes in versions with one and two switches and also in different colors.

The switches are compatible with HomeKit, but do not seem to support any other ecosystems.

Our experiences

We have installed one such smart switch, to enable replacing a “dumb” switch in the hallway, see details below.

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Component Room Experiences

Aura BLE smart switch

Hallway

Functionally, the switch is very good, it uses touch of the switch plate to turn on/off lights and since it uses batteries it requires no neutral lead for connection (which not all homes have). The challenge with using the switch here in Norway is that (even though it fits into the wall boxes) its physical dimensions are less suitable here. With the attached frame, it is so large that only a single switch can be replaced by it, if the existing switch sits in a cluster of two or more components, it won’t fit. The switch plate itself is actually smaller than our switches, meaning it will fit without the original frame, but the challenge then is that the frames we typically use will leave a gap around the switch plate. I have solved this removing a bit of the enclosed frame and then it fits nicely, and this switch is ideal if you want to replace an old switch where there is no N lead.

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