Bond Smart Home Automation

Lose that remote for good; Bond smartens ceiling fans so you can

I ordered one Bond unit when they first came out and I was skeptical about if and how it would work. I couldn’t find much about them, other than a beautiful website. My family has a habit of losing the remotes for the fans, so I thought, “cool, let's try it.”

When you first get the device set up, make sure to install the newest firmware update before you start adding fans.

Setup was simple and easy and I could get 4 of 5 fans to pair with it on the first try. The 5th one took some time, but I got it to pair after a firmware update.

Setup- Link to see

  1. Download app and install it
  2. Make an account
  3. Pair the Bridge to your account
  4. After the Bridge pairs, click the “add” button
  5. Choose the Bridge you want to add the device too. You can have more than one Bridge on your account. If your home is enormous or multi-level, you might need one for each floor.
  6. Choose what you want to pair
  7. Name the device
  8. Choose the buttons that best show what functions are on your remote
  9. Click start and point your remote at the Bond device
  10. Aim your remote at the Bond and press the button repeatedly until the Bond center ring light turns green. Have the remote about 2 feet away from the Bond.
  11. Once the Bond center ring lights turn blue, you will be asked to choose your remote from a list of remotes that matched the signal. Test them and select the best fit.
  12. Select “use this remote.”
  13. Select done.

After you have your devices paired, it becomes a little tricky: find the right spot in your home for the device so it can reach all your devices. I have mine in the center of my house on a shelf and it reaches all of my fans.

Pros

  • Works with Alexa or Google Home
  • Easy setup
  • Adds flexibility to your ceiling fan system
  • Shortcuts and widgets for Android and iOS
  • Works with IR and RF remotes
  • Not dependent on other hardware
  • You can hide remotes from your children
  • Save energy by combining your A/C with a ceiling fan.
  • Makes things that you don’t think about “smart”
  • *Supports state tracking, but the state is lost if someone uses a remote to turn the light on or off

*This applies to a device (ceiling fan light that only has a Light Toggle RF signal), not a discrete ON/OFF signal. This can create a problem where you ask Alexa, Google to turn a fan light ON when it is already ON, and the Bond then will send the toggle signal, which will turn the device OFF. The solution to this problem is to keep track of the state of the device on the Bond server, and do not send the Toggle signal if they think the device is already in the requested state.

Cons

  • No home kit support
  • Must have an original remote to pair a ceiling fan
  • Crash-prone at random intervals
  • Most remotes do not support a separate on/off signal, so telling Alexa to turn a light on or off may not work. Bond supports state tracking, but the state is lost if someone uses a remote to turn the light on or off.
  • The newer Firmware update has fixed a lot of issues
  • Only comes in one color

Features

  • Controls up to 30 devices
  • One Bond Bridge per home – 2500 sqft- but has issues if a lot of walls are in its way
  • Duplicates your RF or IR remote control- IR need to have a line of sight
  • Wi-Fi 2.4 GHz
  • Control your devices remotely

Features it needs

  • Small add on IR and RF to put in rooms that talk back to the central unit
  • Support TVs
  • Support Streaming Boxes
  • Support garage doors
  • Better Hosting, as it seems to lose connection to the servers often
  • Offer wired support

The Bottom Line

Now that fan manufacturers are seeing how Smart Home technology is taking off, I can see them designing fans to support this technology.

This device is a huge advancement in Smart Home technology since it came out early and works with the products that you forget about and use all the time. I love not having to keep track of remotes anymore and can just tell Alexa what I want. The device does have issues at times, but what Smart device doesn’t have issues sometimes?

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My Tips

Save your self some headaches and get water sensors. The old fashion ones still work GREAT, and the new Smart ones work well too if you have battery backup devices hooked you your modem, router, switches, and access point if you have them.

I would stick with the old fashion ones for your primary detection source and put a few smart ones so you can get your alerts when your away.

Rob's Review

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