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Eve Energy Homekit Elgato review; the intelligent socket responds to Siri and detects consumption

Before starting the review we must make a premise: the original box with Eve Energy remained in our shelf for a long time to try: we had tested it, made it work but the promise of remote management with Homekit based on the third generation Apple TV had not had great results and this had annoyed us. Eve Energy was waiting for better times and the best times have come with iOS 10, with Homekit and with Home as we report in this article.

So how can we not start our Homekit product tests after the release of iOS 10 with the veteran of compatible peripherals? Moreover, in recent months Elgato has updated its software making it much more proactive and functional thanks also to the developments of the entire Apple platform to which it is strongly linked. And the box has also changed.

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Who connects what

Elgato was the first to believe in the protocol and put on the market a product that you can use directly via Bluetooth only if you have an iOS 9.3 compatible device and, if you want to insert it in a slightly more complex system, iOS 10. Direct communication takes place through Bluetooth or with iOS 10 through the Internet connection allowed by the fourth generation Apple TV or an iPad configured to act as a home automation gateway for Bluetooth devices through its connection capabilities. Once entered the orbit of home systems, the socket can also be controlled on the screen of Apple Watch, iPad, iPhone and vocally from all three devices through Siri.

The box and the device

The fairly compact socket does not reach the very small size of some Z-wave loop sockets but not even those with a Backpack that we find in some old-generation Wi-Fi or Z-wave devices, colored in a classic white and has two additions on board interesting: the standard code for Homekit pasted above and the local on-off button that also functions as a reset to move it to another system or reprogram it from scratch. In the box, now in line with the Apple Store dictates, we find a small booklet that contains the Homekit code and the basic instructions. The maximum load for the European version of 11 A / 2500 W: take these values ​​into account if you want to control very demanding absorption appliances such as boilers, washing machines etc.

How to install it

Installation as for all Homekit devices is very simple and you can find it described step by step also in the images of the photo gallery below: we can do it directly from the Eve application of Elgato or from Home that the iOS 10 series app that oversees the HomeKit compatible system. The operation in any case: the iPhone or iPad camera is activated, the plate with the unique number is framed and the device is connected to your home equipment. At this point you will see it as a button at home on iPhone and iPad and Apple Watch and you can interact with it directly. In fact, it is immediately useful to take advantage of a feature of the system and assign the appliance rather than the Default position to that of the corresponding room in the house, perhaps also customizing the photo of the environment: we chose Living Room (the socket installed in that room) and we decided to leave the base photo.

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Having a simple switch available we will have a simple slider on the screen that repeats as it is also on the Apple Watch.</p><p>In reality, the through socket also has the possibility of measuring the consumption of the connected devices and even if this capacity is not detected by the House, there is always the Eve application, which works in parallel, to give us all the information and provides us with a detailed report for now , day, month of activations and consumption.</p><p>The availability of these data allows different uses of the device; moving it from one appliance to another we will be able to verify the actual consumption of the appliance in line and to calculate an average use according to different time intervals: this will allow us, for each device, to evaluate an average real consumption that will allow us to realize our habits or the "seniority" of a device that should be changed.</p><h3>How to program and how it interacts with other devices</h3><p>But simply to remotely control a non-action device that we can define as "home automation": we have to understand if and how it is possible to insert Eve Energy within a more complex and "smart" system.</p><p>For the automations we can use both the Eve software's Scene programming, which has scenes set for geofencing (the position of our phone with respect to the home) such as the return or departure from home that automatically activate the management of the connected light or maybe the temperature detection of a third detector that starts a fan, or timer programming that decides in which hours to start an electric radiator.</p><p>We can also manage the activation of a complex scene in which Hue Philips lights, an LED strip connected to Eve Energy and other devices are activated and the temperature is brought to a level of comfort suitable for use by means of a Honeywell Lyric, Netatmo or tado thermostat (these are the first with Homekit that will arrive in our country and that we will try in the coming weeks).</p><p>In addition to using Eve, we can use the Automation option of the standard app <strong>Home</strong>: with Eve Energy alone we can activate two types of programming: the change of position (GeoFencing) and the arrival of a certain time of day or a standard event such as sunrise and sunset with the possibility of differentiating the behavior according to the day of the week . The other interaction possibilities are precluded if there are no other sensors and actuators but in the next articles we will see what happens as we add a peripheral to our Homekit installation.</p><p>Below is a gallery of Home automation options with a single device and the additional information that the application <strong>eve</strong> able to provide on the outlet and relative consumption.</p><h3>At work</h3><p>As we said, we used the socket for several days immediately after the release of iOS 10 and then again (after a period of testing on another system) for this review: a reset was enough (by holding down the appropriate button) to restore integrate it into our account and review it on all the devices that we have connected according to the indications of this article. Obviously when we are within Bluetooth's range, the socket is immediately identified and the activation-deactivation takes place in about a second.</p><p>The response speed is more variable when we are outside the Bluetooth port and we use the fourth generation Apple TV or iPad as a home automation gateway: if the devices are paused it is necessary to wait for their awakening and the first response may take a few seconds but one once the interaction has started everything returns as in the direct connection. Obviously timed or geofencing activations have their timing and the reaction to the command cannot be evaluated.</p><p>The voice recognition of Siri and the management via Apple Watch comfortable and direct and, at least with a few peripherals (those installed later) we have not had major problems. obvious that given the reduced range of Bluetooth compared to other wireless home automation systems if you have a large house you must have an Apple TV for at least each group of two or 3 rooms in order to be connected with Eve Energy. The alternative is to have an area served by Wi-Fi – Zigbee devices as with Hue that embrace the whole house and reserve the areas closest to Apple TV to bluetooth devices.</p><h3>Pro</h3><p>Very easy configuration, relatively small footprint, consumption control with quality graphic reports, perfect integration into Homekit, low consumption.</p><h3>Versus</h3><p>Direct range reduced with Bluetooth when there is no Apple TV, only manageable by Apple products.</p><h3>Conclusions</h3><p>If you plan to develop your home automation system starting from the bases or you want to try the Homekit solution with a tool that allows you to automate a lamp or to control the consumption of your devices from time to time, Eve Energy is right for you. It is certainly one of the first Homekit accessories to try. The only negative point is the inability to use it remotely in multiple quantities if you do not have coverage of one or more Apple TVs (or a recent iPad) in the whole house.</p><h3>Retail price</h3><p>Eve Energy for sale at around 49.95 Euro including VAT on the Apple Store and at the most supplied Apple Resellers.</p><p></p><!-- WP QUADS Content Ad Plugin v. 1.8.17 --><div class=