Just wanted to start having a little dabble in home automation. Don't have the need nor money to do a large scale proper home automation setup so thought I'd just have a play with something like the Broadlink Black Bean. Picked it up for around $15 delivered at the time and it's turned out to be quite awesome. https://www.banggood.com/Broadlink-...ces-Smart-Control-p-1049494.html?rmmds=search So for those who don't know what it is it basically controls IR devices from a central tiny box that sits in your lounge room, bedroom, etc. That in itself isn't a big deal but the real power comes within the smartphone app e-Control that allows you to set up sets of tasks (or "scenes" as they call them) where you can basically press one button on your phone and run multiple tasks for devices in a room, e.g. a scene might be the following set of tasks: turn on tv, turn on receiver, turn floor fan on, turn lights on, turn foxtel box on, change inputs on tv to foxtel or streaming device etc etc. The need for this? Nothing really other than to automatic bunches of tasks and I like to screw around with tech in my spare time (NB: the Mini 3 is not an RF device controller, for that you would need something like the Broadlink RM Pro which control both IR and RF devices.) Anyways, so I tested the Mini 3 out a few weeks back and the results were excellent. Took a little while to get my head around the e-Control smartphone app and how it works......in the app you very simply have devices (remotes) and scenes (sets of tasks). Doing some basic testing I set up the TV and fan (yes summer is coming!) to come on at the press of a single button, all from another room. I didn't check this in the app but you can probably extend this concept to have timed tasks such as just before you arrive home at 5pm (if you are even that regular) have the tv come on, air con on (although RF? not sure), lights on, and any other IR devices controlled to do something upon arrival. I only ordered one Mini 3 so I was limited to one room. Multiple Black Bean Mini 3's can be controlled from the one e-Control app. So I will need to purchase a couple more at some point to put in other rooms. What I did test out also is the ability to use voice controls to set a scene. This wasn't done through the e-Control app but two other apps (Broadlink rm voice and Broadlink rm bridge). Using these two apps I was able to successfully say into my phone "Set up bedroom" to have the tv and fan come on. Only limited testing at this point in time, not many IR devices in the bedroom! Only problem with the app was that I need to open the app and go into the voice control area, so kinda seemed pointless given that I could just go to the e-Control app and press a button anyways. So then I thought it could be combined with something like Amazons Echo Dot 2 or Google Home to receive voice commands, to be sent to the Black Beans and you suddenly have voice controlled IR devices right throughout your home for a fraction of the price of a real home automation system. So next step will probably to look at the RM Pro and Echo Dot or Google Home. But so far quite impressed with the ease of setup and price of the Broadlink Black Bean Mini 3 for wirelessly controlling devices and tasks around the home Only one negative thing I found, and haven't searched for a solution yet, and it's kinda a big deal, is I couldn't seem to get it to connect with my router It find the wireless connection just fine, but when I enter my password for the router it just times out. Anyone played around with this little device?