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Good reliable inexpensive motion sensor for homey 2.0


#1

as per q. dont need anything except normal motion .


#2

Xiaomi Aqara Zigbee from Aliexpress


#3

Very fast, does not cost a lot


#4

Same experiences here!


#5

IKEA motion sensor. I do have Xiaomi as wel.
The IKEA one you can stick it flat to the wall and adjust the time it is ‘hot’. But but but, i use it via a Philips hue bridge. Is there a app in Homey directly?
You could use a pir and wemos mini d1 and tasmota for about 6 euro if your in to that.


#6

I use Philips Hue motion sensors, not inexpensive maybe but can be found for about 30 EUR. Neat design make them fit everywhere and I get luminance and temperature “for free”.


#7

https://m.gearbest.com/alarm-systems/pp_659226.html Even cheaper at this reseller.


#8

nice. does it work with 2.0?

The main worry I have is that I am 100% zwave based. So if
I add a zigbee will it work?

I assume the mesh wont be strong? Any hints on distance?

another Dumb question do I need a xiaomi gateway or is Homey enough ?


#9
  • Yes it works with 2.0 and no gateway is required, you should install https://apps.athom.com/app/com.xiaomi-mi
  • You should invest in Zigbee Mesh (Ikea Tradfri Wall outlet???). Neither Z-Wave or Zigbee range is great in native homey. you could think about doing the antenna upgrade discussed in this forums (search Homey Antenna Mod).

I have enforced concrete ceilings, the Zigbee signal on other floors needs routers to reach homey. If you don’t want to invest in wireless technology I guess you should stick with Z-wave. Neo has some motion sensors +/- 35 euros.

My setup is:

  • Homey in the Livingroom
  • Ikea Tradfri Wall Socket near staircase (groundfloor) 9,99 euros
  • Ikea Tradfri Wall Socket near staircase (1st floor) 9,99 euros
  • Xiaomi Motion Sensor on 1st floor 12 euros

Each hop is within 5 meter range, my experience is very fast and reliable. Ikea has released a repeater (router) device but is not yet available in the netherlands (Germany I believe) and is not (yet) supported by homey.

This setup is still cheaper than many Z-wave motion sensors, and it jumpstarts your Zigbee Mesh.


#10

Neo coolcam sensor. With the great Neo app made by @m.ruiter it’s a winner!


#11

I got two sensors from Ikea. They’re not that good. The aqara I recently switched to are great.


#12

yes I’m so impressed by their door sensors I got x2


#13

That’s a bit overpriced :slight_smile:

26€: https://m.gearbest.com/other-home-improvement/pp_861677.html?wid=1527929


#14

thanks. yeah my house is small one floor but even then with
zwave switches all over the house zwave coverage a bit iffy
at corners of my toilet.

I may just try zigbee motion sensors in my living room where Homey is.

I am wondering if x2 enough to cover the living room


#15

wow it’s pretty cheap when I buy from Asia. (around13 euro)… almost same price as xiaomi motion sensor

hmm looks like v2 has a temperature sensor. not that I need it.

wonder the cheap ones I’m looking for are v1 or 2


#16

Plz be aware u don’t buy the WiFi versions!


#17

thanks… let me look again… maybe that why it’s so cheap

edit thanks for warning was indeed the wifi version. !!


#18

Just searched in my order history this is the exact one I ordered:
https://www.gearbest.com/alarm-systems/pp_659226.html

And my experience is great, this one only has motion detecten and luminance.