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General FAQs

What is frient?

frient is the shortcut to your peace of mind. With frient wireless smart home devices, there is always someone safeguarding what matters the most to you. A frient who ensures that you and your loved ones are always safe and comfortable. A frient who watches your home – even when you’re not there - and leads you on the way to a green and safe everyday life.

To connect and control to your frient device, you will need a Zigbee-supporting smart home hub and a web- or mobile app.

Where can I buy frient devices?

You can find a list of retailers carrying our friently products here

How can I get started with frient?

To get started with frient, you will first need a Zigbee-supporting hub compatible with the friently devices and functionalities. You will also need a smartphone or tablet where you can download your smart home app.

What is a hub?

A hub, also called a gateway, is the heart of your smart home system. It enables communications between all the parts of your smart home system: your wireless networks, smartphone/tablet app, smart devices, and appliances.

Which hubs do frient devices work with?

While we don’t offer IoT gateways in the frient product range, the devices should be compatible with hubs which are Zigbee certified. You can find an overview of gateways with which we have integrated and tested our friently devices here.

What is Zigbee?

Zigbee is a wireless network, and one of the world's most trusted and secure standard protocols in wireless communication. All frient devices are Zigbee certified and can connect and communicate with each other using the same IoT language.

What are the advantages of using frient products?

frient products are here to make your life more comfortable and give you peace of mind. By installing frient devices in your home, you can be sure that you, your loved ones, and your belongings will be safe at all times. You can also control and keep an eye on your home while you’re away, and make sure only the electric appliances you want are turned on.

The range of uses of frient devices in your home are endless and only limited by your imagination.

Is there a monthly subscription fee for using frient products?

No. Once you have purchased a frient device, it is yours to own and use forever. Any additional premium services available through your smart home app are in no way related to frient.

Are frient devices safe to use?

Yes, frient devices have been thoroughly tested to ensure they meet the highest standards and comply with EU safety regulations and directives. The products are also CE and Zigbee certified.

Where can I find out more about frient?

You can find out more about frient on our ‘About frient’ section. You can also stay informed about the frient product range – and get new ideas for your smart home – by following us on Instagram, liking our Facebook page, and signing up for our newsletter.

Which connected devices work with frient?

frient products are able to connect and communicate with other wireless devices through your smart home system. The devices also work with a broad range of connected devices according to your smart home system, such as lights, smart locks, sensors, cameras, among others.

What is a smart home system?

Smart home, or home automation, is the use of wireless devices such as sensors connected to a network at home. This allows you to connect electric appliances and other parts of your home, to remotely control, monitor and protect your home through functions like remote lighting, smoke and fire detection, secure access control, and many more. By connecting your devices and appliances to your smart home system, they become a part of the Internet of Things (IoT) – a network of physical devices that can collect and share data for your benefit.

Do frient devices work with Google Assistant?

Yes, frient devices are compatible with Google Assistant via a compatible hub.

Do frient devices work with Apple HomeKit?

No, frient devices are not compatible with Apple HomeKit.

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What can I do with frient devices?

frient devices allow you to monitor, control, and automate a wide variety of aspects of your home, as long as they are connected to a supported gateway. For example, you can remotely turn on and off electric appliances using your smartphone with the Smart Plug Mini, protect your home from fire and be notified if smoke is detected with the Intelligent Smoke Alarm, and look out for leaks in hard to reach places with the Water Leak Detector and Probe.

What wireless networks do frient devices support?

All frient products work exclusively via Zigbee. The devices are Zigbee certified and can communicate with each other through a Zigbee gateway.

How do I install a frient device?

Installing a frient device is extremely easy and you can do it yourself, without needing to pay an expert or technician. It is as easy as inserting the included batteries in the device (if batteries are needed), ensuring it is turned on and searching for a Zigbee network, and adding to your smart home it via your app.

How do I control my frient devices?

You can control your frient devices through the user interface offered by your smart home system. This can be either a wall-mounted terminal, an app on your smartphone or tablet, or a web interface on your computer.

Can I control my connected devices while away from home?

Yes, you can easily control your devices while away from home through your smart home app on your smartphone or tablet.

How do I reset my frient devices to their factory setting?

Resetting is needed if you want to connect your devices to another gateway, or if you need to perform a factory reset to eliminate abnormal behavior.

You can find detailed instructions on how to do this on your devices’ installation manual.

Which meters is the Electricity Meter Interface compatible with?

The Electricity Meter Interface is compatible with meters that have a blinking LED light.

Why does my Electricity Meter Interface show an unrealistically high consumption?

The Electricity Meter Interface is configured to read LED output of 1000 pulse/kWh. This is the standard for most European meters.

Some meters however have an LED output of 10 000 pulse/kWh which leads to the Electricity Meter Interface showing the consumption multiplied by 10.

On Homey, there is no quick way to fix this, but we are investigating to integrate an option to adjust the reading.

On SmartThings, it is possible to fix this with a locally run driver that divides the values by 10.

Where can I get more information about frient devices?

You can find out more about our friently devices in our 'Products' section.

Can my Intelligent Smoke Alarm trigger the other compatible alarms in my home?

Currently, the interconnectivity functionality is not supported by Homey and SmartThings.

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How do I connect my frient devices to Athom Homey?

To connect your new frient device, first you need to have your Homey set up. See how do that here.

Next, you need to install the frient app for Homey from here.

Then, you need to make sure your device is turned on and searching for a Zigbee network.

After you’ve done this, you can add your device using the app. You can get more detailed instructions here

Start with the router devices first (smart plugs, smart cable)

Add remaining devices based on distance from Homey. (Remember to add the battery-powered devices at the point of usage)

My app is unstable, what should I check first?

The first thing you should check for an unstable app is whether the experimental update feature on your Homey is switched ON. If it is, you need to disable it to run the stable version of the software.

See the next question for further instructions on how to stop receiving experimental updates.

How do I stop receiving experimental updates?

Note: this procedure will only work on a computer.

1. To stop receiving experimental updates, set Homey in Factory Reset Mode and (re)link your Homey to your Wi-Fi.

2. After connecting to your Wi-Fi, Homey will check for updates. On this screen, press ALT on your keyboard.

3. Click on the newly appeared option Revert to the stable channel and install the updates.

How do I ensure a stable connection during the rollout of new Homey firmware?

During the rollout period of 2 weeks for all Homey firmware versions after v5.0, you may experience unstable pairing of your frient devices.

Take the following steps to solve issue:

  1. Make sure your Homey runs on the newest firmware version as we have optimized the pairing and inclusion process with the new Zigbee engine.
  2. Check the RC number of your firmware. We recommend using rc-62 and up.
  3. Check which version frient app is running on your Homey. We recommend updating to v1.0.2

To get best performance after the update:

  1. Perform a full Zigbee network reset (Homey App → Settings → ZigBee → Reset network)
  2. Add devices using the following steps
    • Start with the router devices first (smart plugs, smart cable)
    • Add remaining devices based on distance from Homey. (Remember to add the battery-powered devices at the point of usage)

How many Zigbee devices does one Homey support?

Homey can support an unlimited number of devices at once. Some of the used technologies, however, limit this number, albeit at relatively large numbers.

For instance, you can only add 20 battery-powered devices per Zigbee network. If you have more, you need to add repeater devices (main powered devices) such as the Smart Plug Mini. To use more devices, add devices that work on different technologies, like Wi-Fi.

How do I connect my frient devices to SmartThings?

To connect your new frient device, first you need to have your SmartThings hub set up. See how do that here.

Next, you need to make sure your device is turned on and searching for a Zigbee network. Use the installation manual that comes with the device.

Then, you can add your device using the SmartThings app.
Go to Add device → by brand → frient, then choose device type and follow pairing instructions. You can get more detailed instructions here.

How do I connect my frient devices to Google Assistant?

You can connect to Google Assistant via your compatible hub.

For Homey see here.
Note: the Homey + Google Assistant integration only works for selected devices

For SmartThings see here (see section Google Assistant with SmartThings).