Onvis has been a manufacturer of HomeKit devices for many years, but I only recently started using its products. One of the easiest ways to build a smart home is to add a motion sensor to your home to automate lightning based on whether someone is in the room or not. This week I’m looking at the Onvis HomeKit motion sensor.
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The Onvis motion sensor is not just a motion sensor. It can also monitor temperature and humidity. The screen is missing, so this information will only be available within the Home app or if you request Siri.
The main reason you want to add a motion sensor to your HomeKit is to control other HomeKit equipment based on whether movement is happening in the room. I have this special motion sensor in our bonus room where my kids play and watch TV. The Home application can create certain automations if the sensor detects movement or if it stops detecting movement.
Adding to HomeKit and Automation
Onvis Motion Sensor consumes 2 included AAA batteries, so when you install them, you’ll want to scan the HomeKit code on your device using the Home app. As long as it successfully joins your network, you will be able to assign it to the room. Motion sensors and temperature / humidity sensors will be assigned to the same room.
If you don’t already have it, I would download the Onvis iPhone app because I had a firmware upgrade that was available almost immediately. The app didn’t mention what was updated, but I figured it was wise to put it all on the latest version. After the update, I returned to the Home app.
When turning on the device in the Home app, I got a suggestion to “turn on the lights in the playroom” when the Onvis motion sensor detects movement. Although I appreciate the turnkey approach in building these automations, I want to further customize it. By switching to the Home automation tab, they can configure the lights to turn on only during the day. My thought process was that if motion is detected at night and the lights aren’t already on, the kids will probably be watching a movie, so I don’t you want automation to start.
The Home app also includes an option to turn on device automation to change state if movement is no longer detected. You could build others to turn off the lights when movement is no longer detected.
Finish with the Onvis motion sensor
There are several HomeKit motion sensors on the market, but Onvis has a low-cost option that includes temperature and humidity monitoring. If you’re just starting out with a smart home, adding a few HomeKit bulbs and HomeKit motion sensors is simply the place to start.
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