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Hive Motion Sensor

Hive Motion Sensor

The Hive Motion Sensor is a passive device that can't be controlled. So there's not a lot to the device detail page. The composite below shows the status and the most recent events. (left) If you tap Today's log, you can view logs from the last seven days. (right) Notice on the historical logs for Monday that there is a gray bar from 3:09 pm to 3:50 pm.

I had the motion sensor in my office and apparently was moving frequently enough that the motion was registered as a single continuous event. Only one alert was sent until the next motion was detected at 3:58 pm. It would appear that it takes about 5 minutes of no motion before a new motion will trigger a new event and notification.

Hive Welcome Home Pack Motion sensor

Welcome Home Pack Motion sensor

For testing, I set up an action that would turn on one of the Hive lights for 30 seconds when motion was detected. The green LED located just below the PIR sensor flashes briefly when motion is detected. If motion was detected before five minutes of no motion, the light would come on again for 30 seconds, but a second alert wasn't sent.

You can purchase additional Hive Motion Sensors for $34.99 each.

Hive Plug

Hive Active Plug

Hive Active Plug

The Hive Active Plug is designed for indoor use only and plugs into a conventional grounded AC outlet. It's rated at 15 Amps. The wall plug is located directly behind the switched socket on the front, so you'll probably want to use the top socket in your wall outlet. The wall plug is located towards the bottom of the product so that if you do use the top outlet, the Active Plug doesn't block the bottom outlet.

Since the Hive plug is an active device, it shares many of the properties of the light bulb. On the control tab (left), tapping the orange icon toggles the plug on or off. Looking at the Edit Schedule tab (right), you'll note the interface looks the same as the Edit Schedule interface for the Hive Light bulbs. Most of the scheduling features are the same. However, there isn't the mimic feature found on the light bulbs for the Active Plug. That's a feature that Hive might want to consider adding as people often plug lamps into smart plugs.

Hive Welcome Home Pack Motion Active Plug - Android

Hive Active Plug

In addition to scheduling the Active plug and having it controlled by actions triggered by sensors, you can manually turn on the plug by pushing the button. When the socket is energized, the ring surrounding the button is illuminated white.

Unlike some similarly-priced smart switches from manufacturers like TP-Link and Belkin, the Active Plug does not offer energy monitoring. Each additional Hive Active Plug costs $44.99.

Hive Window or Door Sensor

Hive Window or Door Sensor

Hive Window or Door Sensor

The Window/Door Sensor is another passive device and can't be controlled. The larger piece mounts to your door or window frame with supplied double-sided tape. The magnet mounts to your door or window frame. It's important that you pay attention to how you mount the magnet relative to the sensor. It only works in one direction.

The red highlight in the image above shows that there is a slight difference in the finish in the plastic cases. It's important that these two areas of shiny plastic line up or the sensor won't work. You could also try it both ways. When the two pieces are oriented correctly and brought together or separated, the bottom green light will flash indicating a change of state.

Hive Welcome Home Pack Window or Door Sensor

Hive Welcome Home Pack Window or Door Sensor

The Control tab shows the current status (as of the last update) of the Window or Door sensor along with the latest log entries. If you tap Today's log, scrollable history appears for seven days. The log file only records door open events; it doesn't show door close events. Unlike the motion sensor, there is no delay between events. If you rapidly open and close a door or window, each individual event will be logged, and, if you have a notification action configured, you'll get multiple notifications.

You can expand your Hive system with additional Hive Window or Door Sensors for $34.99 each.

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