Thursday , December 13 2018 Ausdroid » News » Mirabella Genio smart switches are just $29 from K-Mart, and awesome

Smart switches are one of the easiest ways to bring your home into the era of the connected home, allowing you to switch appliances on and off remotely, from your phone, or through your Google Assistant or Alexa. They’re available from a number of known brands (and many lesser known brands), but some of the best ones are ones you mightn’t have heard of.

Not long ago we all went a bit nuts and bought some Aldi Smart Switches for $19 each, and though they had some initial issues (like randomly turning off), a firmware update quickly came and fixed that, making them great value. Well, those switches have come and gone, but Mirabella (an Australian company based in Melbourne) has its range of Genio smart products on shelves at K-Mart.

Starting at just $29, you can can grab smart switches which will quickly bring your dumb appliances into the connected world. The Genio smart switch is an easy buy, and better yet, it’s compatible with Google Assistant, Alexa and mobile apps out of the box. While Mirabella have their own branded app on the Play Store, you don’t actually need it; if you’ve got Aldi switches (or other brands using the Sonoff-type switch) already, you can use your existing app to simply add the new switch to your existing setup.

I did precisely this tonight; I set up a Mirabella Genio switch within the Medion Life app (I don’t need another smart app clogging up my phone) with no issues, and it showed up in Google Assistant on my phone and home devices almost immediately. Couldn’t have been easier.

At $29 each, they’re a bit more expensive than Aldi’s version, but the plus side is that you can buy them today; Aldi’s are long since sold out and won’t likely be sold again. Just head to your local K-Mart and grab as many as you need.

While you’re there, there’s a range of smart bulbs with standard fixtures too, so you can replace some of your lights with their smarter cousins for easy control from your phone or connected assistants.

Chris Rowland   Chief Executive

Chris Rowland

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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Kmart website says “product no longer available” for the switches. 🙁 They were out of stock last week when I went in and I was hoping they’d have more stock by now. The light bulbs are still available though

luapbarb
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luapbarb

They also support IFTTT

Max Luong
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Can anyone confirm this? Bought a few bulbs today and I can’t find the service in IFTTT.

Adam
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I’ve got a few TP-Link switches and, while great, the size is a problem as they effectively prevent cover the adjacent socket rendering a double wall socket a single. The Genio ones look like they wouldn’t have that problem?

However, I’ve only got so many things plugged into wall outlets that I need to remotely control. What frustrates me in the smart home space is the American market has smart light switches, so you can replace your existing light switches and have smart lights through out the house. I wish similar products were available here,

Philip Clark
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100%, I’ve been saying for a while smart light switches and the options for aussies would be a great topic for Ausdroid to do an article on.

Max Luong
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I have Belkin Wemo light switches. They work great.

Wemo light bulbs on the other hand…

Leon Kernan
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The issue is in America you can install your own light switches.
Here the law is you need an electrician to do it, so they don’t sell that well.

Adam
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Retailers can’t sell what doesn’t exist. I suspect it’s more a case of unique Australian Standards and small market so no one has made them for us. The cost for an electrician to directly replace a bunch of light switches is minimal.

Daniel Gray
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Daniel Gray

You can buy smart switches from Banggood.com, but you need 3 wires for the lights. We only have 2 wires unless you have a new house.

Whytey
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Whytey

I haven’t been keen on the idea of WiFi smart devices (since they can clog up your WiFi network) but since I heard about these bulbs just the other day, I have been very tempted to buy some and integrate in Home-Assistant. They seem to be at a good price point.

Note that Big W also list them, slightly more expensive, but they aren’t available in stores yet. Maybe our options for ‘smart’ things are going to get getting better and cheaper in the not too distant future.

Les
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Les

What’s worse? A smart appliance using one of your WiFi channels, or a smart appliance using the ZigBee protocol, which transmits on the same frequency as your WiFi?

Whytey
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Whytey

True, but I have a zwave hub and switching, it’s just too damn expensive.

Deej
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Deej

Whytey, I have been using my zwave controller and adding lifx and RM Pro plugins to integrate the whole thing. I agree with zwave being a little too expensive for what it is. But with Smart Things finally making it to our shores, it may make zwave devices cheaper

Michael Hughes
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Michael Hughes

I’m no expert, but I would think that the bulb or switch would only use a second of the WiFi channel to turn itself on or off. I have 8 Belkin WeMo smart devices (5 switches and 3 sensors), one TP-Link smart bulb and 4 IP WiFi cameras using the NBN (“50 Mbps”) modem router supplied by Telstra. And I can still stream movies. So unless Ausdroid says otherwise there’s nothing stopping you getting as many smart switches as you want. Although be wary of the width of these switches. My WeMo switches are too wide for a normal Australian… Read more »

htc
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htc

i divide smart devices by putting them on 2.4 ghz and put all mobiles and tablets into 5 ghz. just to avoid any clog. And most of them support 2.4 only so happy atm (i only have 12 smart devices)

Michael Hughes
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Michael Hughes

‪Also you could try a smart bulb for as little as $15 (up to $25/$29) at Kmart.‬
‪https://www.kmart.com.au/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/SearchDisplay?searchTerm=genio&categoryId=&storeId=10701&catalogId=10102&langId=-1&pageSize=30&beginIndex=0&sType=SimpleSearch&resultCatEntryType=2&showResultsPage=true&searchSource=Q&pageView=‬

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