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Telstra Smart Home is its foray into smart home control. Like the Telco it is, you take this on a 24-month contract.

Review – Telstra Smart Home

GadgetGuy tested the Automation and Energy Starter Kit at $25 per month comprising

  • Telstra Smart Home Hub
  • 2 x Door/Window magnetic sensors
  • 1 x wide-beam motion sensor
  • 2 x Smart power plugs – that measure power consumption

Alternatively, for the same price, you can get a Watch and Monitor Starter Kit

  • Telstra Smart Home Hub
  • 2 x Door/Window magnetic sensors
  • Indoor HD camera

Telstra smart home

Telstra Smart Home also offer additional devices also paid for in 24 monthly instalments (or outright price shown) including

  • Indoor HD camera – $192
  • Outdoor HD camera – $216
  • Water leak detector – $48
  • Zen Thermostat – $216
  • Sengled Light Bulbs – $72 per pair
  • Philips Hue Bridge and three lights – $288
  • LED Floodlight with PIR motion sensor – $48
  • Roost Smoke alarm – $84
  • Smart smoke alarm battery (WI-Fi) – $48
  • Narrow-beam monitor – $48
  • Wide-beam motion sensor – $48
  • Door/window sensors – $24
  • Smart Power plugs – $48
  • Amazon Echo – $149
  • Amazon Echo Dot – $79
  • Google Home – $199
  • Google Home mini – $79

Setup – too easy

You start by downloading the Telstra Smart Home  App for Android or iOS. It needs access to Wi-Fi, Photos and notifications.

Next, plug in the Hub at no more than five metres from the router and pair it to Wi-Fi.

After that, the app guides you to connect devices. I connected the kit devices plus Google Assistant and Philips Hue – no issues as all worked.

The app is basic and had several recent revision. Possibly due to quite a lot of helpful suggestions from users. To Telstra’s credit, it is monitoring the responses.

Depending on the attached device there may be limits, e.g. cameras have a storage limit of still photos (200) or videos (30).

Automations are rules for how your Telstra Smart Home should react when at home, away, at night or on holiday.

For example, to send an alert to you when a motion sensor trips. These are basic now, but IFTTT (If this then do that) support is coming to make automations more useful, e.g. if a motion detector trips send an email and turn on the lights etc.

It also has a web portal here.