Many models of connected sockets have already been in our lab '. From Wi-Fi to ZigBee, via 433 MHz, however, we forgot to tell you about Z-Wave. Very appreciated by users of home automation boxes, this protocol has many qualities and Fibaro Wall Plug Z-Wave Plus socket is the perfect illustration of this. Offered at the high price of About 50 €, is taking Nice worth the expense?
Fibaro Wall Plug: a plug connected in Z-Wave Plus
Fibaro is a well-known brand for demanding home automation users. Betting everything on Z-Wave protocol, the Polish company has made a name for itself in the sector to the point of being bought by Nice, the Italian heavyweight in automation, for the sum of 63 million euros!
Presented in a sober and compact packaging, the Fibaro Wall Plug surprises above all by its extreme compactness.
Type E, it only measures 4.3 cm in diameter for 6.5 cm long brooch included. Once inserted into a wall outlet, it will therefore protrude only 2.8 cm. A rare compactness since it is even smaller than the Wi-Fi socket Konyks Priska + Mini !
We note the presence of a small on / off button which will also be used for its pairing, but not only ...
Small, but strong, the Fibaro Wall Plug supports up to 10A and 2500 Watts, the instantaneous power being moreover symbolized by a color code.
Indeed, where some Wi-Fi sockets let us think that they are able to light up, this one offers real monitoring of electricity consumption, whether via the proprietary Fibaro Home Center home automation boxes, Yubii Home of Nice, Homey, Eedomus, or even Open Source software Home Assistant, Jeedom, Domoticz ...
Concretely, the Fibaro connected plug is equipped with an energy measurement function, but also integrated LEDs indicating the instantaneous electrical power with different colours. The brand has opted for 7 power levels, but it is also possible to use the entire spectrum and vary it depending on the load.
The preset colors are also usable as you see fit and you can choose: white, red, green, blue, yellow, cyan or magenta. Of course, it is also possible to switch off the LEDs permanently, or only at certain times using scenarios.
Compatible with Z-Wave and Z-Wave + controllers, the Fibaro Wall Plug supports the protected mode Z-Wave Network Security offering a 128-bit AES encryption and can act as a signal repeater. In short, you will understand, it has everything to please, let's see what it is about daily use.
- Brand :Fibaro
- Model : Wall Plug
- Type : E (French plug)
- Voltage : AC 230V
- Protocol : Z-Wave Plus
- Frequency : 868 MHz
- Encryption : Secure AES-128 S2
- Nominal current : 10A
- Max power : 2500W
- Dimensions : 43 x 43 x 65 mm
Fibaro Wall Plug: use with a home automation box
Several solutions are available to you, using a Z-Wave dongle such as the Z-Stick from Aeotec to home automation boxes such as the French Eedomus, Fibaro Home Centers or the famous Homey Pro that we talk to you about regularly. It is also with the latter that we are going to talk, but note that we tested it successfully on Home Assistant.
Installation on Homey
As this is a Z-Wave device, you can obviously opt for native integration, but we recommend that you install theofficial Fibaro app which will allow you to benefit from all the functionalities, in particular the monitoring of electricity consumption.
Then you just need to:
- Go to "Devices" on the Homey app
- Select the "+" top right,
- Choose theFibaro application,
- Select "Wall plug (Z-Wave plus)
- A few seconds later, your Fibaro connected plug is functional.
Then we regain our grip on our Homey onboard dashboard. In addition to a traditional on / off switch, Homey informs us about the power consumption of our socket, or more exactly of the device plugged into it.
It is possible to know the instantaneous power in Watts, but also the energy consumption in kWh over a given period. Data that we find in graphical form in the Insights screen of our dashboard.
Our opinion on the Fibaro connected plug
Obviously, the functionality of a connected outlet is rather limited, this type of device mainly to do on / off. Nevertheless, the Fibaro Wall Plug Z-Wave Plus has more interesting characteristics than the average, since it offers a monitoring of electricity consumption Very full.
The latter allows, in fact, to recover complete data via a home automation box and to create scenarios that can be conditioned to the power used.
We have, for example, used it on a bedside socket for a phone charger, which allows:
- de leave the charger plugged in at all times and simply play with the plug's switch functionality to cut off power (and therefore power consumption).
- de detect end of charge of our smartphone thanks to instantaneous power monitoring. This drastically drops at the end of charging, a scenario allows us to cut off the power supply when the battery is full (see scenario below). This will avoid incessant charging cycles extending its life and saving some electricity.
- byuse LED lighting and customize the colors to have a visual indicator. It is the only connected socket which, to our knowledge, allows it in Europe.
Offering very low latency and excellent range thanks to the Z-Wave Plus which also allows it to offer a 128-bit AES encryption secure S2, its compactness and its many features simply do not no equivalent on the market.
Only about 50 euros remains, its price remains prohibitive and a real brake on the purchase. However, the choice being limited in Z-Wave and its particularly interesting repeater capacities, it may be interesting to invest in a few copies during sales or promotions in order to extend your home automation network ...