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Looking for reasonably priced smart plug (or smart bulb)

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I am looking to automate my lights especially for when I am on holiday or home late. Ideally a smart plug which doesn't need a hub (to keep costs down). Be even better if it can be controlled via c… Read More
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5m, 4d agoPosted 5 months, 4 days ago
I am looking to automate my lights especially for when I am on holiday or home late.

Ideally a smart plug which doesn't need a hub (to keep costs down). Be even better if it can be controlled via command line!

Any ideas?
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5m, 4d agoPosted 5 months, 4 days ago
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Not sure about your command line comment but I've had Wemo for over a year now and they were fine.

However, recent app updates and firmware 'upgrades' to the devices have made them so unreliable as to whether something is off or on, i have just changed them all for TP Link Smart Plugs. The TP Link Kasa app is beautifully designed and a good 4-5 seconds quicker at switching on/off than the wemo version. Will never go back to Wemo now.

No hub needed either.



Edited By: ThePasty on Dec 22, 2016 10:56
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ThePasty
Not sure about your command line comment but I've had Wemo for over a year now and they were fine.
However, recent app updates and firmware 'upgrades' to the devices have made them so unreliable as to whether something is off or on, i have just changed them all for TP Link Smart Plugs. The TP Link Kasa app is beautifully designed and a good 4-5 seconds quicker at switching on/off than the wemo version. Will never go back to Wemo now.
No hub needed either.


yep can second the TP-Link ones - got 2 in the last Argos discount and they work well via the Kasa app - either setup a schedule or just switch on via the app

EliTom
#3
Have you thought about going low tech, you can now buy led light bulbs (use 10w of power) with dusk to dawn sensors for around a tenner on ebay?
You can also buy microwave motion sensor led light bulbs that are very sensitive, and will trigger if anyone passes a window with one inside.
I have one in my hallway, as my lightswitch is about 10 foot up a dark hallway, works a treat.
There are also random switching light socket adaptors, but they only seem to be designed for incandescent bulbs (min 40w)
#4
easr - I like the Dusk to dawn light bulb idea :)

Thank you ThePasty and elitom - I didn't realise the TP link ones didn't need a hub! I will definitely keep this in mind for my future projects!
#5
Just to give everyone an update and for future reference, I decided to go with the TP-Links and use this to automate ON/OFF via my PC

£25 at Argos + my £2 flamedeer discount :D

https://github.com/softScheck/tplink-smartplug

Edited By: mafia on Dec 23, 2016 09:50

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