Eve Systems has been including extra and extra Thread-enabled sensible devices to its portfolio, together with the Eve Aqua sprinkler controller (which we’ve beforehand reviewed) and the Eve Energy sensible plug (ditto). Now comes Eve Door & Window, a HomePackage- and Thread-capable contact sensor, and it’s as simple to arrange and use as Eve’s Aqua and Energy merchandise. With in a position help from the Eve app, Eve Door & Window helps highly effective automations and permits you to take a deep dive into when, and how typically, your doorways and home windows have been opened and closed.
At $40, nonetheless, Eve Door & Window is mighty costly for a contact sensor, and whereas it does help HomePackage, it doesn’t work with Alexa or Google Assistant, which suggests only Apple users want apply. You may also configure it to set off lighting scenes while you arrive dwelling, or to show down the thermostat when somebody opens the window, so it’s geared extra towards dwelling automation than dwelling safety; for the latter, you’re by yourself when it comes to integrating the sensor with a third-party safety system. Eve doesn’t provide considered one of its personal, and the only HomePackage-compatible safety programs we all know of are from Abode (be aware that we didn’t take a look at the Eve Door & Window with both the unique Abode dwelling safety system or the Abode Iota).
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Eve Door & Window consists of two parts: a bigger (2.1 x 1.0 x 0.9 inches) sensor module (or reed change) and a smaller (0.7 x 0.7 x 0.3 inches) piece that accommodates a magnet. Each part comes with a peel-and-stick backing, and little dots on each bit present you the place they should line up.
The Eve Door & Window sensor module is powered by a half-AA (ER14250 3.6V) battery, which is included within the field. Eve Systems says the sensor ought to run for greater than a 12 months on a single battery. I’ve only been utilizing my pattern unit for two months, however to this point, so good.
Connectivity and sensible dwelling integration
Eve Door & Window comes geared up with each Bluetooth connectivity in addition to help for Thread, the low-power, low-latency wi-fi protocol that we’re beginning to see on extra and extra sensible units, together with a number of different current Eve merchandise and Nanoleaf’s Essentials, Shapes, and Elements strains.
The battery-powered Eve Door & Window acts as a Thread endpoint (as does the Eve Aqua, which additionally runs on a battery), whereas the plugged-in Eve Energy and Nanoleaf’s Thread-enabled lights are Thread routers, which might prolong Thread networks by connecting a number of Thread units collectively.
For the Eve Door & Window to hook up with the web by way of Thread, it wants a Thread border router, similar to an Apple HomePod mini or the second-gen Apple TV 4K; Nanoleaf’s Shapes and Elements mild panels may also develop into Thread border routers as soon as a promised firmware replace arrives later this month.
While using a Thread border router is one solution to entry Eve Door & Window while you’re away from dwelling, it isn’t the only manner. The sensor may also hook up with a HomePackage “home hub” system similar to an Apple TV (HD or higher) or a HomePod speaker by way of Bluetooth; with that connection established, you’ll have the ability to see Eve Door & Window’s standing even while you and your iPhone are out of Bluetooth vary.
While Eve Door & Window are suitable with HomePackage and Thread, it doesn’t work with Alexa or Google Assistant. That means the sensor is just about only for Apple users. Now, it’s doable that Matter, a brand new sensible dwelling normal that guarantees to unite the Alexa, Google Assistant, and HomePackage ecosystems, might change that state of affairs, provided that Thread is a pillar of Matter. Don’t maintain your breath, nonetheless; the primary Matter-enabled units aren’t as a consequence of arrive till the top of the 12 months, and it’s not clear if Eve Systems will retroactively certify Eve Door & Window for Matter.
Getting Eve Door & Window up and working is as simple as marketed. Both the sensor module and the smaller magnet part have peel-and-stick backings, so all you want to do (after putting in the half-AA battery into the sensor) is connect one piece on the door or window and the opposite on the trim, in order that the matching sq. of dots on each bit line up with one another.
Now, you might discover that the magnetic piece of the Eve Door & Window equipment is roughly ⅔-inch shorter than the sensor part after they’re each sitting on the identical flat floor. That’ll work simply advantageous if, say, your door body protrudes out of your wall; in case your door and door body are flush, nonetheless, the dots on the sensor and magnet items received’t line up. In that case, you’ll want to connect the included plastic risers to the magnet module. Four risers are supplied, and you simply snap on as many as you want to make the sensor and the magnet line up correctly.
I managed to put in Eve Door & Window on my entrance door in about quarter-hour, utilizing all 4 of the risers for the reason that door and its body are flush. Two months later, the sensor nonetheless feels safe in my door, even after a complete of (I’m consulting the Eve app right here) 432 door opens.
Once you will have the 2 Eve Door & Window items put in, you possibly can add the accent to HomePackage by scanning the QR code on the sensor module along with your iPhone’s digicam; doing so will bounce you on to the Apple Home app, the place you possibly can group the sensor with different HomePackage units in a given room. In my case, I added the sensor to the kitchen.
The Eve Door & Window sensor will pop up within the Eve app as quickly as you add it in Home. The great thing about the Eve app is that you simply don’t have to create a seperate Eve account to make use of it; as a substitute, all of your HomePackage units merely seem there, and you possibly can instantly start organizing and automating them as you see match. Eve Systems emphasizes that Eve Door & Window (in addition to its different current HomePackage merchandise) hook up with your property hub units by way of end-to-end encryption, with out ever contacting another third-party providers.
Features and performance
On essentially the most primary degree, you possibly can set Eve Door & Window to set off HomePackage notifications at any time when your door or window opens or closes.
Using the Home app, you possibly can resolve whether or not you’ll get the alerts on a regular basis, only throughout the day, only at evening, or at particular occasions. You may also select only to get notifications when somebody is dwelling, while you’re dwelling, while you’re away, or when no person’s dwelling.
While the Home app only tells the present standing of the sensor, the Eve app may give you as a lot element in regards to the sensor’s contact historical past as you possibly can stand.
For instance, it will possibly let you know what number of complete occasions a given door or window has been open, full with a chart breaking down the information on an hourly, day by day, weekly, or month-to-month foundation. There’s additionally a log (which you’ll be able to export to an Excel doc) that particulars the precise occasions your door or window was opened, and for how lengthy. Finally, the app prominently lists the final time the door/window was opened.
Besides monitoring the standing of Eve Door & Window, the Eve app additionally permits you to add the sensor to all kinds of automations. For instance, the sensor might set off a lighting scene and tee up your favourite music playlist while you stroll within the door, and you may set the automation so it could only run, say, on weekday evenings, proper round while you usually get dwelling from work. Another possibility can be to make the sensor dial down your air con or heating when a window is opened, or to vary the colour of a lightweight to warn you that the sensor had been tripped. Each automation means that you can add a number of triggers, situations, and ensuing scenes.
While Eve Door & Window might be built-in into a house safety setup, Eve Systems doesn’t provide considered one of its personal; as a substitute, the producer positions the sensor extra as an all-purpose instrument for dwelling automation. If you’re extra targeted on safety and/or skilled dwelling monitoring, you’ll have to combine Eve Door & Window right into a third-party HomePackage-compatible sensible safety equipment. If you’d slightly preserve issues easy. you is perhaps higher off with door and window sensors bundled with a wise dwelling safety equipment, similar to Ring Alarm (our present TechHive Editors’ Choice for sensible dwelling safety programs).
What it does, Eve Door & Window does nicely. It was a snap to arrange, it performs good with HomePackage, and it’s simple to create automations that may do something from set lighting scenes and tee up your tunes while you arrive dwelling to regulate your HVAC system if somebody opens a window. But $40 is fairly steep for a single contact sensor, and till Matter will get off the bottom, Eve Door & Window is only good for Apple users.