Reading Time: 3 minutes Velux Active – simplification missed Basically, the Velux Integra Control Pad KLR 200 was a disappointment. One will probably never understand why Velux does not open up its API. The home automation market has already straightforward solutions like the one from Xiaomi (despite Velux’s new Apple’s Homekit API). Velux is still trying to find a …
Velux Windows Compatibility
If you want to find out in advance whether the control unit makes sense at all, henceforth, it is best to check whether the existing products are compatible.
Overall, we should be glad Velux never gives up. However, this Velux Active App is, even a year after launch, far away from being useful. You get tempted to keep on using the Control Pad KLR 200. At least, it allows you to program your schedule and window opening degrees (especially useful, if you have a cat). Of course, we hope that Velux starts to enhance the app further; otherwise, the roof window market is wide open for an Asian competitor.
Finally, maybe Velux should focus on roof windows and leave the disruptive smart home automation to the specialists on this battlefield. Apple HomeKit is undoubtedly an exciting option.
Nevertheless and going back to the Velux Active solution, one of the most significant benefits of their solution is the possibility to use the app from anywhere, even outside the WLAN. Up to now, this was not possible at all (KRL200), and occasionally, to close the roof windows is sometimes forgotten. Personal experience :).
AliExpress recently added the Xiaomi Mijia Aqara smart home hub compatible with Apple HomeKit to its range.
Once we receive Mi Home’s new gadget, we will probably start to make friends with the Apple HomeKit. We will finally be able to control the Velux roof windows and all the Mi Home Xiaomi via one single app, however, and certainly, with unpleasant technical limitations.