Belkin WeMo Switch - Finally back in stock!!! £34.99 @ Currys
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Belkin WeMo Switch - Finally back in stock!!! £34.99 @ Currys

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Found 27th Jan 2015
I've been after a few more of these for ages!

Currys/PC World have been showing 'out of stock' for weeks!

Argos has none anywhere. Maplin now have some, but they are £39.99

Grab some while you can (and have some fun with IFTTT)!!!

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Seriously, the example it gives is an Iron, why on earth would you want to control the on/off of an Iron when away from the home, unless you were a trainee arsonist of course???

Surely a timer switch (around 3 for £15) is a better bet than this or am I missing something really obvious?

these plugs definitely have their place...we use ours for our dehumidifier, and for our heated clothes airer...just a lot more flexible...and you can set rules as to when these things turn on and off....

Yes I agree the cheap digital timers can do a lot of things that these things do...but if you take time to set these up right they are great little bits of kit

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nictry

Seriously, the example it gives is an Iron, why on earth would you want … Seriously, the example it gives is an Iron, why on earth would you want to control the on/off of an Iron when away from the home, unless you were a trainee arsonist of course???Surely a timer switch (around 3 for £15) is a better bet than this or am I missing something really obvious?



LOL! You're right! I don't know who would use this to control their Iron! The difference with this over a Timer is that you can switch it off and on over the internet. I use one to switch on my PC when i'm at work (to access files) and one to turn on the Electric Blanket (can't use a Timer for that - I go to bed at random times! ;-)) and I have them on Lamps around the house. A smart burglar will soon work out if your light come on at the same time every day

Also, I use IFTTT. It's the coolest thing I've ever seen. To hard to explain, just go to the site. But, I can get it to turn on stuff when I leave work for example.

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jouster

these plugs definitely have their place...we use ours for our … these plugs definitely have their place...we use ours for our dehumidifier, and for our heated clothes airer...just a lot more flexible...and you can set rules as to when these things turn on and off....Yes I agree the cheap digital timers can do a lot of things that these things do...but if you take time to set these up right they are great little bits of kit



Another perfect example for Nictry. You could tell IFTTT to switch on the Dehumidifier if the humidity reaches a certain level

PoserDude

Another perfect example for Nictry. You could tell IFTTT to switch on the … Another perfect example for Nictry. You could tell IFTTT to switch on the Dehumidifier if the humidity reaches a certain level

And if you got a tumble dryer, you won't need a dehumidifier to remove the moisture from your clothes dryer!

PoserDude

Another perfect example for Nictry. You could tell IFTTT to switch on the … Another perfect example for Nictry. You could tell IFTTT to switch on the Dehumidifier if the humidity reaches a certain level


But many dehumidifiers switch off when humidity reaches a certain level - they don't just sit chugging away when not needed, turning everything around them to dust.
Similarly, PCs can be set to wake on lan, with routers set to pass a magic packet, rather than cycling the power at the socket (which could cause you problems, especially on shutdown)
I also suspect that £40 quid to turn on your electric blanket may be pushing it a bit

Home automation has been around for decades, but still not at a price where it's worthwhile, if switches were around a fiver then some of the things you suggest would be worth it. Even then I definitely wouldn't use them for anything remotely a hazard (irons, electric blankets, dehumidifiers included alongside fires/heaters, some kitchen stuff etc) and at that point your list of useful things to use them on is greatly reduced.

I am using telldusnet (http://www.telldus.se/) which costed me around £70 but it can control cheap radio controlled switches. (3 for £10-15). You can also add sensors to it. I have it with around 8 controlled sockets and 4 temperature and humidity sensors. The sensors cost around £14 if they are without display and around £28 with display (these are outdoor ones). With an app plugin, you can control the switches also with tasker and you can use an old android phone to be your home automation's brain that can activate multiple tasks by text messages, emails and so on.

(this is a good deal therefore voted hot)

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tapi

But many dehumidifiers switch off when humidity reaches a certain level - … But many dehumidifiers switch off when humidity reaches a certain level - they don't just sit chugging away when not needed, turning everything around them to dust.Similarly, PCs can be set to wake on lan, with routers set to pass a magic packet, rather than cycling the power at the socket (which could cause you problems, especially on shutdown)I also suspect that £40 quid to turn on your electric blanket may be pushing it a bit Home automation has been around for decades, but still not at a price where it's worthwhile, if switches were around a fiver then some of the things you suggest would be worth it. Even then I definitely wouldn't use them for anything remotely a hazard (irons, electric blankets, dehumidifiers included alongside fires/heaters, some kitchen stuff etc) and at that point your list of useful things to use them on is greatly reduced.



The BIOS on my PC is set to boot up if power is detected. So, I remotely power it on, use TeamViewer to do what I need to do and shut it down (properly). No harm to the PC.

tapi

But many dehumidifiers switch off when humidity reaches a certain level - … But many dehumidifiers switch off when humidity reaches a certain level - they don't just sit chugging away when not needed, turning everything around them to dust.Similarly, PCs can be set to wake on lan, with routers set to pass a magic packet, rather than cycling the power at the socket (which could cause you problems, especially on shutdown)I also suspect that £40 quid to turn on your electric blanket may be pushing it a bit Home automation has been around for decades, but still not at a price where it's worthwhile, if switches were around a fiver then some of the things you suggest would be worth it. Even then I definitely wouldn't use them for anything remotely a hazard (irons, electric blankets, dehumidifiers included alongside fires/heaters, some kitchen stuff etc) and at that point your list of useful things to use them on is greatly reduced.




I am using my remote controlled switches for:

- switch on a light when between certain hours my phone connectes to the WiFi (switch on the ligh when arriving home)
- switch on when my tablet's charge is less tna 20% and switch off when it is above 80%
- switch on and off randomly when not at home
- I have a cheap chinese sensor attached to my door (£5) and the tablet sends me an email when the door opens.

dante2000

I am using telldusnet (http://www.telldus.se/) which costed me around £70 … I am using telldusnet (http://www.telldus.se/) which costed me around £70 but it can control cheap radio controlled switches. (3 for £10-15). You can also add sensors to it. I have it with around 8 controlled sockets and 4 temperature and humidity sensors. The sensors cost around £14 if they are without display and around £28 with display (these are outdoor ones). With an app plugin, you can control the switches also with tasker and you can use an old android phone to be your home automation's brain that can activate multiple tasks by text messages, emails and so on.(this is a good deal therefore voted hot)



That looks interesting, I have this stuff wired throughout the house, inside walls etc, the remotes are rubbish so was looking for something to use with Android, where did you get it from and is it compatible with this stuff?
homeeasy.eu/
elro.eu/en/…ext

Still too expensive per unit to make it viable right now. If there is a single important device that you need to control on the fly rather than use timer plugs then maybe it is fine but buying multiple units soon add up. I'm not sure the electricity savings would make the investment worth it.

Perhaps if you have a "head" unit with smaller cheaper slave units then maybe this could work more effectively.

Also, what's the risk of being hacked?

RustySpoons

That looks interesting, I have this stuff wired throughout the house, … That looks interesting, I have this stuff wired throughout the house, inside walls etc, the remotes are rubbish so was looking for something to use with Android, where did you get it from and is it compatible with this stuff?http://www.homeeasy.eu/http://www.elro.eu/en/products/cat/home-automation/home-easy-next



Answering my own question here, had a look around and going to get a RFXtrx433E

Out of stock already.

RustySpoons

Answering my own question here, had a look around and going to get a … Answering my own question here, had a look around and going to get a RFXtrx433E



Clas Olson

clasohlson . com/uk/TellStick-Net/18-2765?LGWCODE=182765000;83827;4797&gclid=CKysm5jhtMMCFTPKtAod8lUArQ&gclsrc=aw.ds

you will need to amend the link a bit. Add www. in front and delete the spaces before and after the first dot. The good part of this is that you do not need a PC on all the time. It just connects to your router with an Ethernet cable. The app that I am using is: Remotestick which has a tasker plugin. The tellstick is connected to the telldus live server but you can build your own server as well.

As for compatible devices, you can find them on the telldus site. For some of them it is also able to learn them.

dante2000

Clas Olsonclasohlson . … Clas Olsonclasohlson . com/uk/TellStick-Net/18-2765?LGWCODE=182765000;83827;4797&gclid=CKysm5jhtMMCFTPKtAod8lUArQ&gclsrc=aw.dsyou will need to amend the link a bit. Add http://www. in front and delete the spaces before and after the first dot. The good part of this is that you do not need a PC on all the time. It just connects to your router with an Ethernet cable. The app that I am using is: Remotestick which has a tasker plugin. The tellstick is connected to the telldus live server but you can build your own server as well.As for compatible devices, you can find them on the telldus site. For some of them it is also able to learn them.



Cheers, found it there with 10% off voucher for new customers, had a read up on it and it obviously goes through Telldus servers, how do you set it up so you use your own server?

Also can't find any Room Thermostats for 433mhz, which would be really useful as I want to control my boiler.
What bits have you got on yours?

Oregon Scientific THGR810 £25 on Amazon

OREGON THGN-132-ES £15 on Amazon

for Custom Server you will need to do some digging, I did not bother with it, just using telldus live. As controller, you will need to use an android device. A while ago I set up a tablet to read the data every 30 seconds and save it in a file. Remotestick has also the option to save historic data and draw a graph

Bought this to remotely switch on my coffee machine from bed in the morning but found a better use.

Have it controlling light and heating in a vivarium. It's set to come on at sunrise and go off 1hr after sunset.
It automatically adjusts times with the seasons and gives a gradual change in times throughout the year.
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