Adurosmart ERIA smart home devices review: Smart lights, sensors and more

Budget Zigbee tech goes beyond the usual range

Adurosmart ERIA smart home devices
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While most budget smart home companies hail from the Far East, Adurosmart and its ERIA line of products come from the Netherlands.

Built using the Zigbee protocol, the company has its own smart home ecosystem of products ranging from smart sensors to smart lighting, with a whole lot in between.

There’s no HomeKit compatibility but you can use ERIA products directly with a SmartThings system if you prefer a different control app. And, you can use third-party Zigbee devices directly with ERIA if you want to expand the range of devices that are available.

I’ve spent a couple of weeks living with the system to see if it’s ready to build out your smart home or if it’s one to avoid.

Adurosmart ERIA: What’s on offer

The Adurosmart website has a list of the current products available. By this, I mean the products that are actually available to buy rather than the full line-up. Missing at the time of writing were the smart sockets.

That’s a shame, as one of the options was a dimmable smart socket, which few manufacturers have. Using this, you can control a dimmable lamp directly from your phone, without having to put a smart bulb in it.

And, the dimmable socket is even compatible with Philips Hue, appearing as a dimmable lamp. It’s not clear when these devices will be back.

As Adurosmart ERIA uses Zigbee, the devices need a smart home hub to connect through. You can use any Zigbee hub to connect them, including those built into Alexa devices, such as the Echo Show 10 (3rd-gen) or a SmartThings hub like the new Aeotec one.

Adurosmart ERIA smart home hub

If you want to use Adurosmart ERIA app, you need the native hub (pictured above).

You can buy window/door contact sensors and motion sensors, both of which are competitively priced ($19.99 and $24.99 respectively).

Adurosmart ERIA smart home motion sensor

For lighting, there’s a selection of smart bulbs (E27 and GU22 fittings) and a 3m light strip for just $59.99.

That’s a lot cheaper than the Hue equivalent. You can also connect third-party Zigbee devices into the system, including devices from Philips Hue, Yale, Kwikset, Ikea, GE, Schlage and Zen.

Adurosmart ERIA smart lightstrip

Is Adurosmart ERIA safe and secure?

There have been no reports of the system being insecure. The company has a privacy policy that states that the information you send to it will be stored and processed on cloud-based servers.

It also explains how you can remove your data and close down your account.

Of course, you don’t have to sign up to use the Adurosmart app at all, and can pair the devices with third-party systems, such as SmartThings.

Adurosmart ERIA: Living with the devices

The weakest point of any budget smart home system is the app and this is no different to Adurosmart ERIA. The app is fine but has the usual set of bugs and inconsistencies that can make it a little more frustrating to use.

Devices can be grouped into rooms but I found that new rooms didn’t show up until I quit the app and came back in. As I didn’t realise this at first, I initially had two rooms called the same thing.

Once in a room, you can control devices individually. Lights are grouped together for easy control, although you can tap them to select individual lights. You can do all of the things that you’d expect, including setting scenes.

Adurosmart ERIA smart light control app

Scenes work quite well but you can only set an icon to remind you what the scene looks like.

With Philips Hue, you get a thumbnail of either the color you’ve set or the image that you’ve used to create the scene. Still, the basics are there.

Adurosmart ERIA smart home devices review: Smart lights, sensors and more

If you want to control your home automatically, you can use the Automations section of the app, which lets you create rules.

For example, I set up my motion sensor to automatically set one light scene during the day and one at night.

There are a few inconsistencies here. If you set a motion sensor to turn on a scene, you get an option at the bottom of the rule to turn the scene off after a set amount of time; however, this just didn’t work for me.

Setting the rules to turn on a device or devices (selecting lights individually) let me set a different turn-off timer that did work. It’s this kind of thing that can make building a smart home frustrating. It’s more expensive but the Hue Motion Sensor is simpler to set up and gives you more control.

Adurosmart ERIA smart home automations

With Automations you can set Timers, schedules and the usual types of rules. The one that sticks out is the If Then Creator, which lets you create rules based on the mode that your system is in: Home, Home and Away, or Away.

For example, you could have a motion sensor that only turns on a light, to aid a security system, if the ERIA system is set to Away mode.

Thanks to the Security panel, you can turn the Audrosmart ERIA into a basic smart alarm system, too. When it’s in Away mode, sensors will automatically ping you a notification if they’re triggered, although you can disable sensors on an individual basis. If you have a compatible siren, this can be set to go off, too.

Adurosmart ERIA smart home and away status

Basic is the word, and you don’t get the nuance you get with a regular smart alarm. For example, with the Ring Alarm you get three modes (Home, Away and Off), compared to the Home and Away modes here.

Three modes are useful, as you can have a partial-set of the alarm when you’re at home or sleeping; here, it’s all or nothing.

Adurosmart ERIA smart security system

IFTTT, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant support expand what the system is capable of to a degree but the basic limitations of the app are still there. These devices are also not compatible with HomeKit, unlike the rival Meross system.

Fortunately, Adurosmart ERIA devices are fully compatible with SmartThings, so you can use them there for a better experience and better automations, plus a wider selection of devices.

You can, of course, use an Alexa system to control your devices too, if you sync up using an Echo Zigbee hub or pair your SmartThings and Alexa accounts. Likewise, Google Assistant compatibility is on offer through this route.


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