Archos Smart Home gets you connected, but you can probably do better

Archos Smart Home
By Adam Zeis on 30 Jul 2014 11:10 am

Archos recently released their latest offering in the connected home space, dubbed Smart Home. We first checked out the system back at CES in January, and Archos has recently made the starter kit available in the U.K.

The Archos Smart Home system offers smaller, less expensive components than most other systems but still boasts many of the same features (and is also lacking a few). The $250 starter pack includes an Archos tablet, two mini-cams, two movement tags, and two weather tags. The entire setup works not over Wifi, but over Bluetooth Smart (AKA Bluetooth LE). This means that the modules can last for a year on a single battery — which makes for less hassle and less worry — and more awesomeness. You can use the Smart Home system with a companion app on Android and iOS, though everything first routes through the included Android tablet via your home Wi-Fi network.

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Archos Smart Home gets you connected, but you can probably do better

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Thanks for the review Adam. This is exactly how I was thinking this system would turn out. I wonder why they decided to tie it to a single, crappy tablet, instead of using a hub to tie everything together. They could have still used their software on Android/iPad and give then user the choice of what device to control it with.

Lack of IFTTT integration is also a deal-breaker with this setup.