Aqara Roller Blind Driver E1 – Make your regular blinds smart

Cupertino, August 8, 2021

Since I live in a house with blinds in every bedroom, it was a goal of mine to get at least some of these blinds automated. Since the cost of custom automated blinds is out of my reach, 'Retrofit' options (meaning a solution that adds smart functionality to existing blinds) seem like the easiest option.

Fortunately, Aqara has now released the Aqara Roller Shade Driver E1. It uses Zigbee, so it works with your Aqara hub, and it's officially supported in HomeKit, and because it uses Zigbee (basically Zigbee 3.0), the response times are fast and reliable.

So today's video puts this new device to the test to determine if it's right for your home. The E2 is currently being resold, although this product is sold out at the time of writing, with new stock coming in a few weeks.

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