D-Link Komfy Switch with Camera is a nice all-in-one smart device.

I am a fan of home automation. I love making things simple around the home. The Komfy definitely fits into that category. It’s a light switch, home security system, and environmental monitor all in one succinct device. With its sleek, well-defined lines, I was eager to test out the Komfy Switch with Camera.

INSTALLATION
I have to be honest here; I was intimidated by the installation of this device at first. When I saw how many wires needed to be connected, I really thought I was out of my league. Fortunately, D-Link includes a very detailed quick installation guide that really walked me through the whole process. The first step after identifying where you want to install it is to, of course, turn off the breaker to the wall outlet. Once I had that step accomplished, I moved on to the wire identification part. The instructions discuss four possible wires from your wall outlet that you could connect to the Komfy – Load, Hot Wire, Neutral, and Ground. Even though the instructions specify it, I want to, too. If you don’t have a neutral wire – you need to stop the installation process. In the same respect, it’s ok if you don’t have a ground wire because not every outlet does. Before you invest in this switch, it would be best to take the switch plate off your outlet and see if you have all the required wiring. Second, you need to be aware that Komfy will not work with three-way switches. We almost ran into an issue with installation because we have a lot of three-way switches in our house.

D-Link Komfy Switch with Camera Review

In my case, my outlet was a three-wire set-up. D-Link provides some very handy labeling stickers that are wonderful because it allows you to mark the wires before you even remove them from your current fixture. I’ve experienced something similar with thermostat installations. It’s very helpful and I recommend you label your wires. Once you have your wires labeled, remove the old switch and match up the Komfy’s wires with the correct wire from your wall. Be sure to cap off any unused wires, and then screw the Komfy into the wall. One thing to note, the box on the back of Komfy is exactly 2 inches wide, which is typically the size of most junction boxes. You might want to preemptively purchase a slightly larger junction box for Komfy to rest in, otherwise you will be scraping up the sides of it while you install it. The faceplate and switch cover simply snap into place and you are ready to get started with the app.

D-Link Komfy Switch with Camera Review

APP USE
I’ve been very fortunate to test out many different home automated devices. Each one has differed slightly with its set-up method and some of them have had more difficulty setting up than others. Komfy’s set-up was pretty easy. You download the app, set-up your free account with Komfy, and then add the device. As long as the switch has connected to your WiFi network, it should connect automatically to your app. Now, of course, you can still use Komfy as a standard wall switch. It still turns the lights on and off without the aid of an app, but what you get with the app is the connection to the rest of your home. With the app, you can view the camera feed (130 degrees – 1080P HD video resolution), the air quality, temperature, and humidity of the room, lightning level, and even the noise level. And, of course, the app let’s you control the light from afar. Along with the app’s standard use, you can also use Komfy with IFTTT protocol and you can save video locally (Micro SD card up to 64GB) or remotely (cloud service for a fee).

D-Link Komfy Switch with Camera Review

CONCLUSIONS
D-Link’s Komfy Switch with Camera is a very nice addition to the ‘smart’ home. It’s a great all-in-one device that does the work of a WiFi camera, air quality sensor, and thermostat. I’m looking forward to seeing how Komfy becomes more integrated with other automated devices. Being that Komfy only has compatibility with iOS devices, I was surprised to find that it was not HomeKit compatible. Something like this would really work well as a part of the HomeKit ecosystem, but even without that, Komfy is still a very intuitive device and well-designed system. There are a few limitations, but as long as you are an informed buyer, you really shouldn’t have any issues with this device.
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