5 Stars By Morten Soerensen on 2017-11-21
Wow, this is awesome! I followed the easy instructions for setup, and within minutes, I was controlling two ceiling fans via Alexa, including the fan light "Alexa, turn on the Master Bedroom Fan at 50%", and boom - there it goes!
Couple of suggestions for future versions:
- Keep track of state, especially of the light. When I added the "Master Bedroom Fan Light" to my Alexa group for the Master Bedroom, the command "Alexa, turn OFF the Master Bedroom" causes the "Master Bedroom Fan Light" to turn ON, if it is presently OFF (which is the opposite of what I wanted). The Bond apparently sends a "toggle light" command without keeping track of the state of the light, so therefore adding it to a room group is not a good idea
- When the Bond recognizes my Hampton Bay remote, it shows duplicate LIGHT and DIM buttons. I deleted the dupes, but that'd seem to be an error in the Bond database of Hampton Bay remotes (unless I'm missing something)
- State explicitly that Bond does NOT work with Lutron Maestro Fan and Light switch (Lutron MA-LFQHW-WH), as Lutron uses line modulation to communicate, rather than RF. Took a bit of digging to figure that out, but - all good, it's not Bond's problem, just an inherent incompatibility. I'll be removing my Lutrons in favor of something that IS Bond compatible (because, g*d forbid, that I can't control my office fan with my voice - the horror :)
5 Stars By Rastamage on 2017-12-18
Hoping for better control through Alexa and Wink integration soon
I'm going to keep this short. I was skeptical, but at the $79 price I decided to give it a try. I only have two fans in my house and the bond works as advertised. No complaints as yet. It does what it says. Works with Alexa. Hoping for better control through Alexa and Wink integration soon.
1 Stars By Robert N. on 2017-12-18
Product does not work, doesn't have instructions. I've tried for 2 weeks to get support to help. I never write reviews, so that I am writing this one tells you how passionate I feel about this product. Bond, great idea, poor execution. I recommend you sell your patent to Logitech.
3 Stars By Randy on 2017-11-29
Works for toggle button remotes, Not remotes with multifunction buttons
I commented on another review so part of my review will be duplicated. I am not yet ready to send back my Bond but that is likely because I received a free $50 BTA-MALL GC (nothing to do with BTA-MALL or Bond), bought on sale for $81 so this really only cost me $31. I am hoping for the garage door functionality soon. My Hampton Bay fan (probably installed in 2000, I've only been here 2 years) doesn't have any of the buttons asked by the Bond app. My fan and light button aren't JUST toggle buttons. If I hold them down they dim or change fan speed. This makes it very difficult to get this to work correctly with my fans. I am able to "trick" the Bond app by not holding the button but hitting it multiple times. Unfortunately I get different results. One time it is only a light off button, another time it is only a light on button. The software and app need a lot of work before this will be primetime ready.
On a positive my Hampton Bay outdoor fan light button is a toggle and their are low, medium and high fan buttons. The Bond app appears to have identified it correctly and it works. This fan light comes on at random times at night so I am hoping to utilize the Bond for this annoyance. For example, now I can leave the remote outside where it belongs and use Bond to turn it off in the middle of the night when it comes on.
5 Stars By Edson on 2017-11-16
Easy integration into Alexa
I rushed home today when I received my alert that the bond had been delivered. I have 4 remote control fans, two are fanimation 6 speed fans. Because they are dc fans there was no other way to integrate phone/voice controls before this hub came out. I also connected 2 harbor breeze fans and the process was mostly smooth. The last fan forced closed several times after I sent the command, I unplugged the bond, let it restart and rebooted my phone and was able to finish the rest of setup. Easy integration into Alexa, but was disappointed to see that Wink integration is listed but is not currently working. Excellent build quality and the interface is simple, easy to grasp quickly. Thank you for filling this void in the market.
For harbor breeze fans I chose the power button for my first fan that I setup, and the random fan speed for the 2nd fan. My advise would be to try different buttons if you are not having success communicating to the hub. Also I had to hold it 2-3 feet from the base when pairing it. It should be noted is a fault for the cheap quality transmitter used in the harbor breeze remotes and can’t really be blamed on this device. I got it to work but I had to play with it.
5 Stars By Ian Rugg on 2017-11-25
Really excited about the Bond
So far, so great. I have been excited to integrate my Minka Aire ceiling fan into my current home automation with the BTA-MALL Echo and SmartThings.
Finally, no more remotes for me. Just simply, "Alexa, turn on the Fan". Setup was simple, the instructions are great. It was easy to setup following the included setup guide.
I can't wait to start integrating custom IR and RF devices. I am hoping to control my Roku TV and Garage Door with the Bond!
2 Stars By Cody on 2017-11-27
Great piece of hardware, but...
I was very excited about the BOND and have been watching developement for some time. I ordered as soon as it became available. I have my home set up with over 50 internet-connected devices working through Hue, Nest, Smartthings, IFTTT, Harmony Remote, Alexa, and Google Assistant. I am no stranger to getting these things working.
While I really believe the BOND is a great piece of hardware, the software and back-end are half-baked at best. I was able to make several of my fans "do something." Meaning I could get one function or another to work intermittently. I could never achieve anything close to what I would consider full control over any one of them. Light but no dimming, high speed and off but no low speed, etc. There is no way to input any information about the remote you're trying to mimic with a part number, model, or brand; you instead have to press a button on your current remote and allow BOND to (poorly) guess the remote. The software doesn't even indicate what their guess is or provide a list from which you could choose. I would advise the BOND folks to look to Logitech's Harmony Remote if they want to know how to make the setup process smooth and accessible to those less techy people who are only now getting into home automation (or better yet, license this great hardware to them.) So for now, I'm sending my BOND back. I will still keep an eye on them and reconsider once they get the software and back-end to the point where I won't lose a week of my time trying to get things only sort of working.
5 Stars By Scott T on 2017-12-02
BOND, Really great BOND. The Secret Agent to making non-smart remote controlled things SMART
I purchased my BOND from the manufacturer's website. This device fills an absolutely unique niche area of home automation. If you own a fan that has an RF remote control, this device learns the radio signals from your original remote and then an android or IOS app can control that fan and/or light kit. In addition, the BOND App has an BTA-MALL Alexa Home Automation skill that when enabled, allows for voice control through Alexa. I presently have two ceiling fans and one light kit being controlled by my BOND. Setting the device up initially was very easy. I ended up having a problem with inconsistent performance on my master bedroom fan and Gary from their online user support was extremely helpful in gathering information to correct the problem. I then spoke with Chris who works with the BOND engineers and my problem was completely solved and now my devices are all controlled flawlessly. The BOND device support will be broadened to support other RF devices such as electric window shades and garage door openers as the software matures. I understand that a single BOND can control up to 7 devices and that makes it much more cost effective than adding multiple Z-Wave Smart switches, to say nothing of saving time and money on not having to install any electrical switches or connections. I have my BOND in my "Computer Room" which is about 15-18 feet from the guest room fan it controls and about the same distance to the master bedroom fan and light kit it controls. I have nine Alexa devices in my home, Samsung SmartThings, Philips Hue, and three Logitech Harmony Hubs as well as two Chamberlain MyQ garage door openers. I have close to 200 switches and automations in my home and the two ceiling fans that BOND now controls filled the one remaining void in my home automation. This is a great product with great support and I look forward to seeing the BOND control devices beyond ceiling fans in the future. One interesting side note is that since this device works so well, I have considered buying internal RF controls for my other fans since they would be so much less expensive (around $20) than Smart Switches and then my BOND can control them as well.
5 Stars By Curtis M on 2017-12-12
At first this was very frustrating. Apparently if your wifi password has any special characters it can't connect. They are working on a fix but that won't be available for a while. Instead of changing my wifi password and having to change it on all my devices I made a guest network with a password the Bond could connect to then I synced it with my echo. They have great customer service and will help you get connected if you are having problems.
Once I got it working I really love this thing. It offers excellent bang for your buck in home automation. I have 6 ceiling fans that are all controlled by remotes and not hard wired wall switches so i thought i was out of luck with automating them. Well the bond easily connected to all of them to control the lights and fans in my 2700sf house from my echo or remotely from my iphone.
5 Stars By Troy on 1969-12-31
Great for controlling ceiling fans and hopefully more in the future
Setting up the device was very easy just setup an account then plug in the device and connect temporarily to it's ad hock network then select your WiFi and give it the password, it then joins your network and your phone automatically switches back to your network and downloads updates and flashes the device then finishes setting it up. Once it is done your able to start adding your RF ceiling fans, when you press add it asks you what key you want to teach it, I'm guessing this is in case it doesn't recognize your remote, it then walks you through getting to the point where it is ready for you to press a button on your remote to teach it (you do have to have your remote very close [it says within 2 feet] at this point). The light flashes blue until it learns the button at which point the light turns solid green but the app still counts down the remaining 30 seconds then it detected my remote and presented all of the buttons to try which all worked and then press done to commit the changes. The first remote I taught it had 4 fan speeds and before presenting the remote for testing during the learning process it asked if it was a 3 or 6 speed fan so I chose 3 and it worked fine, there is very little difference between speed 2 and 3 anyway on my controller. The other remote I taught it only had 3 buttons so it recognized it just fine. I have one fan with an IR switch which I may end up changing the controller out at some point now that Bond works so well.
While I had to have the remotes within 2 feet of the Bond device while learning my Bond device is on one side of my house near 1 fan but the other fan it controls is on the opposite end of the house and it works great too.
Alexa and Google Home integration both work well with their respective skills, IFTTT integration is pretty light at the moment only allowing you to "Turn on device" or "Turn off device" which I'm not certain what that turns on or off at this point but I think it is both the fan and light.
It says they plan to add other supported devices:
Smoke Detector (Use case:Silence an alert maybe?)
Carbon Monoxide Detector (?)
and Door Bell (Use case:Tease the Dog?)
I sure hope Electric Fireplace will include remote controlled Gas Fireplaces as well.