Fibaro Motion Sensor Review
What’s that strange, unique eyeball looking device on the shelf right there? The Fibaro motion sensor. It’s battery powered, super compact, and can fit into most nooks and crannies. We really like this product, and think it is a great addition to any smart home.
Fibaro calls it a motion sensor, but it's actually a multi-sensor, packed with 3 other senses: vibration, current ambient temperature, and intensity of light (thanks to its built-in accelerometer). Fibaro did a great job on the design of this product, we all think it is one of the best looking multi-sensors, on the market and definitely the smallest. It is sized just small enough to be mounted anywhere and have a nifty wall bracket.
The bracket is basically a small, “C” shaped piece of plastic. On the back of the bracket is a small hole for wall mounting. Once in place, removing the actual sensor from the bracket is simple (maybe too simple in terms of how easy it would be for someone to grab it off).
Mounting them was super easy but just be aware that because of their portability, it’s important to make sure you have them in a safe place where people can’t snatch them up quickly.
Set up is a breeze and the motion sensor paired quickly with our WigWag Relay. The Fibaro Motion Sensor is one of the more sensitive sensors we’ve come across.
They're fast to trigger motion detection and the range seems at least around thirty feet or so for a human-sized moving object.
The pupil color and brightness adjustment is also really impressive. With a bit of controller-side processing, you can actually set it to just about anything, not just to indicate the temperature. You can also set it to count the number of guests in your house and when they entered/exited which we thought was pretty cool.
It also comes with a Z-Wave range tester function and glows green if it can communicate with the Z-Wave gateway directly. It will glow yellow for routed communication through other Z-Wave devices and then a red glowing color when it is out of range. These can be pretty useful if you like to find blind spots within your Z-Wave network.
Here at WigWag, we played around with our rule builder within our app and came up with some really useful ideas for use cases between our Relay and this motion sensor such as:
- There's motion around your home or business late in the evening
- You're away and the back gate was opened
The above two examples are just a couple ways to use the Fibaro Motion Sensor and the WigWag Relay together to make your house smarter and more secure.
In regards to Fibaro’s battery life on the motion sensor, the manufacturer claims 3 years so we will have to wait and see if that stays true as it is a longer battery life than almost any other motion sensor out there today.
In the end, the Fibaro Motion Sensor is a great alternative to boring motion sensors. We obviously love that it pairs so easily with our own Relay as the streamlined possibilities that can provide are endless but besides that, it is just an overall solid product. It’s another quality piece of the pie when it comes to making your own home a true smart home.
If you have already tried out the Fibaro Motion Sensor, we’d love to hear your thoughts on it as well. Leave your feedback in the comments section of this article and if you are on the fence but decide on getting one, then come back and let us know what you think when you get it!