HomeKit Is Koogeek any good for HomeKit?

johannnn

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Nov 20, 2009
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AppleStore in my country only sells HomeKit stuff from the big players (Eve, Delgato etc). Today on “singles day” I found some sweet stuff on Alibaba from “Koogeek”. Does it really matter from which brand you buy it HomeKit stuff from?
- Security? I would never buy a security camera or router from a random Chinese company, but what about HomeKit devices?
- HomeKit compatibility? Is this just yes/no, or can the compatibility be good/bad?

I want to make my home smarter, but I ain’t gonna be cheap and get things that works bad, doesn’t work after iOS updates, etc.
 

Tdosthp

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Apr 27, 2015
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I have two of their light strips and two door sensors. Been happy with them.

When I bought the door sensors, I didn’t read close enough to know that they are Bluetooth. As such, they did not work for my intended purpose...too far from my HomePod.

Otherwise notifications have been fine. The light strips are responsive and have worked well.
 

PinballMagician

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Jun 8, 2016
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Got several plugs, power strips, and wall switches. Other than an occasional manual reset for one plug, they work great.
 

vidsmart

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Mar 16, 2010
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For me, no. I have tried several products—they are generally priced lower than the competition—everyone of them has been returned. At first I assumed it was poor quality but now I am convinced Koogeek is just incompatible with my WiFi set up (Orbi). Others in this thread have had good results
 

jljue

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Feb 4, 2011
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Brandon, MS
For me, no. I have tried several products—they are generally priced lower than the competition—everyone of them has been returned. At first I assumed it was poor quality but now I am convinced Koogeek is just incompatible with my WiFi set up (Orbi). Others in this thread have had good results
I switched from Airport Extremes (2) to Orbi last week, and so far so good (but too early to declare). I did split the 2.4 and 5GHz SSID to make sure that the 2.4 GHz devices didn’t get confused as you may be experiencing. I rarely had issues with my Koogeek wall plug and 2 wall switches with the AEBS, but this change was mainly to test the Leviton switches for improvement before ordering for the new house under construction.
 

PinballMagician

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Jun 8, 2016
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I’ve switched to Orbi from AEBS about a month ago. My HomeKit devices (mostly Koogeek plugs, switches and power strips) are working fine.