HomeControl is a HomeKit alternative for MacOS. It controls Philips Hue lights, TP-Link Smart Bulbs, TP-Link wall switches/dimmers, Belkin Wemo switches, iHome SmartPlugs, and TP-Link SmartPlugs. It offers great functionality for power users. Control many devices/groups/scenes quickly from your computer. A lot of work has gone into this app. All of the devices listed below have been fully tested, and work well.
● Fully tested with multiple Philips Hue Extended Color Lights, Hue White Ambiance Lights, Hue Color LightStrip, Hue Bloom, Hue Go Portable Light, Hue Dimmable Light, Wemo Insight, Wemo Switch, Wemo mini, Wemo Lightswitch, iHome iSP6 SmartPlugs, TP-Link LB130 Color Changing Smart Bulb, TP-Link HS100 & TP-Link HS105 Smart Plugs, TP-Link HS200 Smart Switch & TP-Link HS220 Switch / Dimmer
● Multiple Hue Bridges can be used simultaneously.
● All devices can be controlled individually or in groups.
● Supports colors, brightness, saturation, white temperature
● Supports Scenes with full control of scene devices and settings
● Live Scene Effects can be applied to scenes
● Scenes can be scheduled to activate at specified times throughout the day
● Device Groups can be set to also control subgroups, ie: an "Office Lights" group can also control a "Desk Lamps" subgroup.
● Menu-bar control allows quick access to all groups and devices.
● Full configuration can be saved to disk. This allows easy configuration of multiple networked MacOS computers.
● Improved Scene List with option to turn off all devices in selected Scene
● Drag/Drop items in Group Control collection view
● Column sorting of Device List view and Scene Control view
● Group List now has its own window
● Improved multi-selection in Device List and Group List
● Improved device slider synchronization
● Improved table headers
● Improved Device List scrolling
● Improved window resizing
● More Group Images
● Better error handling when Wemo device is removed from the network / device IP address is changed
● Performance Enhancements
● Added checks to prevent user-errors when adding iHome devices.
● Stability Improvements
● Hue Dimmable White Lights now fully supported
● Fixed crash when user added Hue White Ambiance Lights
● Improved Group List view for more accurate slider appearance
● Hue White Ambiance Lights now fully supported.
● Support Forums Available!
● Automatic Device Discovery for Wemo switches, with device names!
● Simple iHome setup added! Auto Discovery for iHome SmartPlugs!
● Multiple Hue Bridges are now supported!
● Faster device state updates for huge amounts of devices!
● Added Group Temperature Controls for groups of Ambiance Lights
● Scene Timers can activate / turn off scenes at specified times throughout the day
● Scene Effects added!
● Scrollable Menubar control allows for great quantities of devices accessible from the menubar
● Scenes can be quickly duplicated, facilitating the fast creation of new scenes with similar devices or settings
● Added option to Menubar Preferences for Dark Panel (changes both Menubar and Group Control panels to dark mode)
● Additional Icons for Group Control
● Scene Timers will now fire even if system is scheduled for idle sleep
● Drag/Drop reordering of Device List and Group List, with multi-selection moves
● Tooltips added
● Selectable icons for scenes
● Selectable status icons for devices
● Group Control buttons have indicators to show on/off state
● TP-Link Smart Plugs are now supported!
● Scene Control list mode
● Preferences option for transparent Group Control titlebar
● TP-Link Smart Bulbs are now supported!
● TP-Link Smart Switches are now supported!
● Added support for older iHome iSP5 smart plugs
● Appearance updates for MacOS 10.14 Dark Mode
● Modified Scene control option in menubar (scenes and devices are now grouped in a single view)
● Device API logins are now stored in Apple Keychain, allowing for automatic renewal of expired access tokens.
Ratings and ReviewsSee All
Basically OK. Could be better
I like that you can control Hue and TP-Link devices. As that is what populates my home, this app is helpful. But my review is only four stars becuase of the limited group control features. Not only does it not sync the groups you already have, so you have to recreate them. You cannot control the groups very well. There is an ability to control one group but making it a subgroup of another. But you cannot control more than one subgroup, which really doesn’t prove to be very helpful when you have multiple zone/groups in an area, or when you want to control one zone in a living area but not another, but would still like them to be in another group together.
The big thing that really makes this a limite-use app is that you cannot assign a light to more than one group. If they could just add that feature, it would greatly increase the usefulness of this app.
Best option for iHome smart plugs
There are Lifx bulbs and iHome smart plugs in my office, controlled using a combination of Siri/HomeKit, Google Home Mini, and a mix of Mac and iOS apps.
While the iHome smart plugs haven't been particularly dependable, HomeControl has been the most reliable system for controlling them, potentially better than the official iHome app itself (which always shows at least one plug as offline every time I open it). The plugs respond more quickly and more consistently to HomeControl than with any other app, and certainly better than any cloud service like Google Home. Well done! Local control (not a remote service link) makes all the difference.
With that said, I haven't used any of the scenes or other features of HomeControl, since it doesn't support the dimmable/RGB bulbs I have installed at the office. Two features I hope can be implemented in the future: Lifx bulb support (I know the local control isn't enjoyable to program for, but it's worth it) and a menubar-exclusive setting (so I don't need to keep the app running in my dock all the time).
Multiple Hue Bridges and Wemo Support
Originally purchased the app to control 1 Hue bridge persistently (not having to re-logon everytime I started the computer), which it did great! Contacted the developer to see if multiple bridges could be done (I have some unique needs), he was super helpful and went well out of his way to solve my problems. Would highly recommend this app to anyone that’s putting together a smart home. There are always new updates rolling out, so new features are always being added. This is one of the few Smart Home apps that is actively being worked on and not abandoned by their developer(s). Well worth the money.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.