I have 5 RF remote-controlled ceiling fans that I’d like to smarten them, but BroadLink RM Pro (315/433MHz) and Sonoff RF Bridge (433MHz) are unable to learn their RF signals so I thought I was out of luck with automating them until I stumbled across the BOND Home from Olibra.
BOND Home is advertised as being able to control any type of radio frequency (RF) or infrared (IR) remote-controlled devices and appliances. The ability to control any type of RF frequency range (300-928MHz) really interests me. So, I bought the BOND Home.
I encountered a little problem during the setup but BOND’s Support was really quick in assisting me in resolving the issue. I contacted the email support and received response within a business day and there is a chat feature in the app to contact online support.
After adding BOND into the app, it is time to learn my ceiling fans RF signals. BOND is able to scan the RF frequency range and learn all my 5 RF ceiling fans. 4 fans are using 433MHz and 1 fan uses 304MHz. It took me less than 30 minutes to set up 5 ceiling fans.
BOND works with Google Home / Assistant and Amazon Alexa Echo, and I can easily use my voice to control them (Google Home / Assistant presently is limited to only on off).
Amazon Alexa commands
Alexa, set MASTER BEDROOM FAN to 50%
Alexa, set MASTER BEDROOM FAN to 100%
Alexa, turn on MASTER BEDROOM FAN
Alexa, turn off MASTER BEDROOM FAN LIGHT OFF
Google Assistant commands
OK Google, turn MASTER BEDROOM FAN on
OK Google, turn MASTER BEDROOM LIGHT off
I’m very impressed by the BOND. It works as advertised. A single BOND can control up to 6 different devices and is much more cost effective than changing the fan’s controller and remote. I look forward to better integration with other home automation platforms like SmartThings.