Review : Fibaro Motion Sensor

The Fibaro motion sensor is a battery powered motion sensor that looks like a weird eyeball. It is compact enough to squeeze into small spaces. In my opinion the smallest motion sensor that I’ve reviewed and the best looking one so far. The following are some pictures of the sensor.


 Fibaro Motion Sensor 1 Fibaro Motion Sensor 2 Fibaro Motion Sensor 3 Fibaro Motion Sensor 4 Fibaro Motion Sensor 5

One point to note that it is not using AA or AAA batteries as compared to the other motion sensors. It is using a CR123 battery which is supposed to last a long time. Similar to other sensors you will need to pull out a tab that preserves the battery power during shipping.

Before you attempt to pair this device to a Vera Lite or Vera 3 on UI5, please update the Vera firmware to 1.5.672. Without this firmware, the motion sensor will not work on Vera. You can request for this beta firmware from quoting your Vera #.

Once you are done with the firmware upgrade, pairing the device with Vera Lite or Vera 3 is also done with the same standard triple quick press on the B button beside the battery. What I especially like is the array of LED colors this thing produces and it really looked like a cat eye. Upon pairing, the LED will glow blue.

As with all battery powered devices, I would suggest that you keep pressing the B button once every second to keep the device awake until the configuration completes.The device will end up in this state when the configuration complete for the first time.

Configure Fibaro Motion Sensor

I suggest that you access the device in Vera and click on configure node one more time to complete the configuration again. Once the configuration is completed, you will see 3 devices added to Vera: motion, light and temperature.

Few quirks to note. You might see that the light and temperature is reported to fail in configuration but they are actually still working fine. You might have read that the sensor comes with counting function (in pairs) and earthquake detection but these functions will only be available when you use this with a Fibaro Home Centre 2 (or Lite).

For motion and light, it is definitely one of the more sensitive sensors I’ve encountered. No doubt the price for this sensor is at least SGD 20 dollars more expensive the others, but it is worth the difference for the look and the sensitivity. On top of that, it comes with a Z-Wave range tester function. It glows green if it can communicate with the Z-Wave gateway directly, yellow for routed communication via other Z-Wave devices and red when it is out of range. Neat feature if you like to use this to find blind spots in your Z-Wave network.

Since the Fibaro motion sensor looked like an prying eye in my home automation setup, here’s a video of how it watches me in my home and report motion via sonos integration.

Finally, in the other video, you will see that picking up the sensor also triggers the accelerometer and trips the sensor as well. 🙂

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