Xiaomi Aqara Smart Curtain Motor a wireless motorized blind by Rodolphe Degandt
Date of last modification: Apr 21, 2019
Xiaomi Aqara Smart Curtain Motor a wireless motorized blind
I admit that my lazy side is strongly taking over with the arrival at health home of all its smart health connected objects that obey the voice or trigger in automated scenarios. I had not yet looked at the shutters, the curtains and the motorized and smart health connected blinds. So I start with this Chinese novelty of the increasingly well-known Xiaomi.
The Aqara Smart Curtain Motor 2 is an evolution of the first version marketed since 2017. This new model for motorized curtain or blind has a built-in battery. You no longer need to plug a wire or a nearby wall outlet for it to work. It is therefore even easier to install and still as simple to configure and use.
An object which completes the very economical Aqara range from Xiaomi which offers the particularity of being compatible with Apple HomeKit (products present in Chinese Apple Stores).
Design and functionality
The motorized roller blind or the curtain motor is a small rectangular box which must be clipped directly onto a compatible curtain rod. As it works on battery and it does not need its own fixing system thanks to its light weight, you will take less than a minute to install it. However, you will need a rail compatible with the DT-82 motorization which will require it to be properly fixed (Xiaomi Aqara curtain rails).
- Weight: 1.48 kg
- Dimensions (L x W x H): 35 x 7 x 5 cm
- Trained load up to 50 kg
If in appearance, it is only a motor powerful enough to turn an axis in one direction or the other in order to open or close a curtain or a blind. The Aqara Smart Curtain Motor goes a step further with its connectivity and intelligent functions. There are several ways to open your curtain:
- By pulling it a little, this automatically activates the Aqara Smart Curtain Motor which will continue to open or close the curtain or blind.
- You can also simply activate it with thelight switch wireless supplied.
- Use the app on your smartphone Aqara or Mi health home on an iOS or Android smartphone.
- Like all the Aqara range, you can pilot it with theHomeKit app House of Apple, present on the iPhone, iPad or MacBook with mojave OS.
- Trigger from a programming schedule
- But also trigger automatically as part of a scenario in association with another smart health smart health connected object. For example, a light sensor or a presence detector.
- This version 2 also supports voice command of the Xiaomi XiaoAI video speaker (still available in France).
The system also has simple and effective security. It stops automatically when it encounters resistance or an obstruction during a movement.
The battery is clipped onto the lower part of the motor and is removable for easier recharging. Its nominal capacity of 3030 mAh (14.4 V) gives it an autonomy of up to 6 months. Four small LEDs permanently indicate its charge level. You can also leave the power supply smart health connected to the mains.
Finally, it is particularly silent with a operating noise level below 30 dB.
Connectivity and compatibility Xiaomi Aqara Smart Curtain Motor 2
The device uses the low-energy Zigbee communication protocol via the multifunctional Mi Smart health home gateway or the Aqara gateway to connect to the smart health home network.
- Connect with an Aqara hub
- Xiaomi Mi Smart health home Hub
- Apple HomeKit compatible
Xiaomi Aqara Smart Curtain Motor Price
You will also need a curtain rail compatible with this type of smart health connected motorization. So you need a DT-82 type that you can find from 1 to 5 meters long. The advantage of these rods is that they are flexible and can therefore be adapted to one of the bow windows.
To my knowledge only available on AliExpress (with or without the V1 engine
Version 2 with battery of the Aqara Smart Curtain Motor should be available in EU version around 150 €. I hope it will arrive with a complete kit including a choice of rails in different lengths.
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