SONOFF Basic Wifi Switch £3.56 Delivered @ Tomtop
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SONOFF Basic Wifi Switch £3.56 Delivered @ Tomtop

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Found 26th Apr
Dropped again, I think this is the cheapest we've seen this at so far. No codes or anything. Worrks with Alexa and Google home


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Overview:
Sonoff wireless remote switch is a low-cost, affordable device that allows users to remote turn on/off connected appliance of different types and brands via app EWeLink from anywhere in the world, and it can provide you with amazing smart home control experience. It sends data to cloud platform through the WiFi Router, which enables you to remotely control all appliances with APP eWeLink on your smart phone. Sonoff makes all your home appliances smart, as long as your phone has network you can remotely turn on or turn off your appliances from anywhere at any time. And by setting timing schedules for your appliances, you can maintain an carefree life.


Features:
*Supports WiFi network.
*Supports status tracking: device status timely provided to the EWeLink.
*Supports remotely turn on or off connected appliances, for example light, electric kettle, electric rice cooker, electrocar, etc.
*Supports max 8 enabled scheduled/countdown/loop timers for each device.
*Supports numerous WiFi smart switches on one smart phone.
*Works with Amazon Echo, for Google Home, for Google Nest.
*The cloud server of Sonoff RF is Amazon AWS global server.
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EN1GMA19 m ago

Any chance of a link to a video to show what you mean? It's more to show …Any chance of a link to a video to show what you mean? It's more to show my electrician of what I want doing as I'm sure explaining this, he won't know/understand.I'm assuming there's still no cheap switches, uk compatible where I would be able to use my existing lights, just smart them from the wall switch.


I wrote you a nice long description and the muppets that run this site deleted the lot because I used a banggood link.

Vid here...


Ordered 3 of these. My first foray into home automation. I had to explain to my wife the other day, despite being able to perform many worthwhile tasks, you cannot command Alexa to 'Do the ironing'. She didn't see the funny side.
intuder8 m ago

What are you flashing them with software wise and what's the benefit if …What are you flashing them with software wise and what's the benefit if you don't mind me asking..


Flashing with Tasmota, firstly so I can control them with Home Assistant and not rely on Itead's cloud, and also so you can use the gpio for other things, for instance connecting to an existing switch, which turns it into a full smart switch, and you can also connect things like temperature and light sensors to them.

With Tasmota you can also set it to emulate Hue lights so you can directly control it with an Echo, Harmony Hub etc.
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These are great. Work really well.
Do these have the flashing headers soldered now?
tyringe7 m ago

Do these have the flashing headers soldered now?


No but they don't need soldering to flash anyway.
Ordered 3 of these. My first foray into home automation. I had to explain to my wife the other day, despite being able to perform many worthwhile tasks, you cannot command Alexa to 'Do the ironing'. She didn't see the funny side.
b1g1an4 m ago

No but they don't need soldering to flash anyway.


Oh, really? Can they be flashed using WiFi now? That would be much easier. I prefer to use my Home Assistant setup and keep it local rather than use Sonoff servers. Presumably I would need the app for initial WiFi setup?
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This is the cheapest I can remember but they've only been a bit more from Banggood for ages, currently £3.79.
Ha sat at the table now soldering headers onto the board.

No you don't need to solder headers to the board to flash them or even flash them at all if you use the original software.

So why am I? because it's fun not sure why, maybe so I can maybe fit them inside the light switch but my system at the moment isn't good because some electrician thought it was a good idea to bury junction boxes with no access to them in the space between the floor and ceiling Arrgggh
Edited by: "Buyer1024GB" 26th Apr
tyringe8 m ago

Oh, really? Can they be flashed using WiFi now? That would be much …Oh, really? Can they be flashed using WiFi now? That would be much easier. I prefer to use my Home Assistant setup and keep it local rather than use Sonoff servers. Presumably I would need the app for initial WiFi setup?


For a while you could flash over wifi but a firmware update stopped that, but what I meant was you don't need to solder the header in to flash it the manual way. Just place a header in the holes and hold it at an angle to make good contact, you can use a bit of paper or some such to wedge it in place if you want to free a hand up. I've done twelve like that now with no issues, only worth soldering if you want to use the gpio for other more permanent things but even then you can just solder wires directly to it.
I got smart light bulbs but havent heard of these! Do they sit inside wall back box behind a normal light switch or socket? Not sure how reliable they are?
Edited by: "Hra77" 26th Apr
tyringe10 m ago

Oh, really? Can they be flashed using WiFi now? That would be much …Oh, really? Can they be flashed using WiFi now? That would be much easier. I prefer to use my Home Assistant setup and keep it local rather than use Sonoff servers. Presumably I would need the app for initial WiFi setup?


I don't think you can flash them over the air anymore not the first time anyway, you can if you flash them to tasmota first with the wire method
b1g1an2 m ago

For a while you could flash over wifi but a firmware update stopped that, …For a while you could flash over wifi but a firmware update stopped that, but what I meant was you don't need to solder the header in to flash it the manual way. Just place a header in the holes and hold it at an angle to make good contact, you can use a bit of paper or some such to wedge it in place if you want to free a hand up. I've done twelve like that now with no issues, only worth soldering if you want to use the gpio for other more permanent things but even then you can just solder wires directly to it.


What are you flashing them with software wise and what's the benefit if you don't mind me asking..
Buyer1024GB11 m ago

Ha sat at the table now soldering headers onto the board.No you don't need …Ha sat at the table now soldering headers onto the board.No you don't need to solder headers to the board to flash them or even flash them at all if you use the original software.So why am I? because it's fun not sure why, maybe so I can maybe fit them inside the light switch but my system at the moment isn't good because some electrician thought it was a good idea to bury junction boxes with no access to them in the space between the floor and ceiling Arrgggh


Outside lights are obviously no problem as the neutral will be there but everything you need for inside ones should be at the ceiling rose.
intuder8 m ago

What are you flashing them with software wise and what's the benefit if …What are you flashing them with software wise and what's the benefit if you don't mind me asking..


Flashing with Tasmota, firstly so I can control them with Home Assistant and not rely on Itead's cloud, and also so you can use the gpio for other things, for instance connecting to an existing switch, which turns it into a full smart switch, and you can also connect things like temperature and light sensors to them.

With Tasmota you can also set it to emulate Hue lights so you can directly control it with an Echo, Harmony Hub etc.
b1g1an13 m ago

For a while you could flash over wifi but a firmware update stopped that, …For a while you could flash over wifi but a firmware update stopped that, but what I meant was you don't need to solder the header in to flash it the manual way. Just place a header in the holes and hold it at an angle to make good contact, you can use a bit of paper or some such to wedge it in place if you want to free a hand up. I've done twelve like that now with no issues, only worth soldering if you want to use the gpio for other more permanent things but even then you can just solder wires directly to it.


Any chance of a link to a video to show what you mean? It's more to show my electrician of what I want doing as I'm sure explaining this, he won't know/understand.

I'm assuming there's still no cheap switches, uk compatible where I would be able to use my existing lights, just smart them from the wall switch.
I have these running with Google assistant. Does anyone else have issues with them going offline all the time? I have to power them down all the time to get them back on my WiFi network?
lonechump4 m ago

I have these running with Google assistant. Does anyone else have issues …I have these running with Google assistant. Does anyone else have issues with them going offline all the time? I have to power them down all the time to get them back on my WiFi network?


I have these working with Alexa, even when I unplug them they reconnect and work fine when plugged in again.
EN1GMA19 m ago

Any chance of a link to a video to show what you mean? It's more to show …Any chance of a link to a video to show what you mean? It's more to show my electrician of what I want doing as I'm sure explaining this, he won't know/understand.I'm assuming there's still no cheap switches, uk compatible where I would be able to use my existing lights, just smart them from the wall switch.


I wrote you a nice long description and the muppets that run this site deleted the lot because I used a banggood link.

Vid here...


lonechump9 m ago

I have these running with Google assistant. Does anyone else have issues …I have these running with Google assistant. Does anyone else have issues with them going offline all the time? I have to power them down all the time to get them back on my WiFi network?


You need strong wifi or that'll happen, perhaps look at where you're router is sited or consider replacing it too.
lonechump11 m ago

I have these running with Google assistant. Does anyone else have issues …I have these running with Google assistant. Does anyone else have issues with them going offline all the time? I have to power them down all the time to get them back on my WiFi network?


That might be an issue with your wifi range rather these switches or google assistant.

I have a few of these running with Alexa. No problem with most of them but I have one on the outside wall of my house that doesn't receive wifi signals very well hence sometime go offline.
Edited by: "vikasbhasin" 26th Apr
lonechump22 m ago

I have these running with Google assistant. Does anyone else have issues …I have these running with Google assistant. Does anyone else have issues with them going offline all the time? I have to power them down all the time to get them back on my WiFi network?



These are great little switches. I find that Google Assistant quite often doesn't work but Alexa almost always works. On the same switch!
Nice - I wish the price of the S20 would come down again as I would rather a bunch of those! These are fine for putting between lamps etc. But not so great if you have a low voltage / DC transformer.
b1g1an25 m ago

I wrote you a nice long description and the muppets that run this site …I wrote you a nice long description and the muppets that run this site deleted the lot because I used a banggood link.Vid here...[Video]


Thanks mate. Appreciated.
I wish the app would allow sunset switch off like some sockets that I have.
Can these work with IFTTT out of the box, or do they need flashing? If so, with what?
b1g1an1 h, 31 m ago

Outside lights are obviously no problem as the neutral will be there but …Outside lights are obviously no problem as the neutral will be there but everything you need for inside ones should be at the ceiling rose.


Just 2 wires at the ceiling rose that why I thought there must be a junction box some where I'm wanting to use GPIO14 to go down to the switch
In summary: There really is *no* simple way to flash these otherwise brilliant little devices
If starting from scratch, you'll need to dole out on a chunk of equipment, spend a fair chunk of time installing, configuring and setting up software, and *then* you're ready to flash them and avoid the nightmare that is Sonoff servers.

Unless someone can advise me otherwise, cos I'm really keen to know! I've got some of these that I'd like to liberate!
Excellent for the money have about 12 different sonoff products all working well with Alexa. Having started with these switches I would hold out for the plugs. They were about £5 delivered a few months back and are more versatile than the basic. I bought the flashing board and headers initially but haven't bothered and put up with the few server outages you get .
b1g1an2 h, 31 m ago

Flashing with Tasmota, firstly so I can control them with Home Assistant …Flashing with Tasmota, firstly so I can control them with Home Assistant and not rely on Itead's cloud, and also so you can use the gpio for other things, for instance connecting to an existing switch, which turns it into a full smart switch, and you can also connect things like temperature and light sensors to them.With Tasmota you can also set it to emulate Hue lights so you can directly control it with an Echo, Harmony Hub etc.


Thanks for the video, very comprehensive. Also I didn't know about the gpio for converting existing wall switches. Given how most wall switches are latching rather than momentary, does the sonoff/HA just detect state changes switch to toggle the power?

I've had some of these for a while along with the USB flasher but just haven't had time to look at tinker. Also want to have a play with HA as I have got bg-hive-api and pychromecast to work natively on the pi but want to see it them integrated into a complete home solution.
I have several of these all working perfectly around the house, these are a great price shame i do not need any more.

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I have a normal light set up. Is there anything that I can buy to replace the switch on my wall into a smart switch I can control over WiFi?
Let me get this right, are people wiring these into ceiling light roses to voice control those lights. Bloody hell. Didn't think of that.
TylerDurdenUK1 h, 23 m ago

Let me get this right, are people wiring these into ceiling light roses to …Let me get this right, are people wiring these into ceiling light roses to voice control those lights. Bloody hell. Didn't think of that.


Bit of lateral thinking and it's amazing what you can do with them
welshblob1 h, 55 m ago

Given how most wall switches are latching rather than momentary, does the …Given how most wall switches are latching rather than momentary, does the sonoff/HA just detect state changes switch to toggle the power?


Effectively yes, the Sonoff has it's own local web based front end and you can set the gpio and onboard switch to do pretty much anything you can think off, check out the Tasmota wiki, loads of food for thought on there.
bilbob2 h, 32 m ago

In summary: There really is *no* simple way to flash these otherwise …In summary: There really is *no* simple way to flash these otherwise brilliant little devicesIf starting from scratch, you'll need to dole out on a chunk of equipment, spend a fair chunk of time installing, configuring and setting up software, and *then* you're ready to flash them and avoid the nightmare that is Sonoff servers.Unless someone can advise me otherwise, cos I'm really keen to know! I've got some of these that I'd like to liberate!


Nope, that's what it looks like in most of the write ups, and what put me off for ages, but when you actually sit down to do it it's simple and quick, It took me 15 mins to set it up and then 30 mins to flash 10, most of that is just sitting there while it flashes. The demos take far longer because they're constantly prattling on explaining things, the actual doing bit is really quick.

The only hardware you need other than what you've probably got lying around the house is the FTDI programmer which costs anything from 50p on a slow boat from China to a fiver next day from Amazon. If you haven't got a computer with USB, home automation isn't for you anyway.
b1g1an58 m ago

Nope, that's what it looks like in most of the write ups, and what put me …Nope, that's what it looks like in most of the write ups, and what put me off for ages, but when you actually sit down to do it it's simple and quick, It took me 15 mins to set it up and then 30 mins to flash 10, most of that is just sitting there while it flashes. The demos take far longer because they're constantly prattling on explaining things, the actual doing bit is really quick.The only hardware you need other than what you've probably got lying around the house is the FTDI programmer which costs anything from 50p on a slow boat from China to a fiver next day from Amazon. If you haven't got a computer with USB, home automation isn't for you anyway.


Took a look at the video, and he was on about needing a Pi, and then something else...
I'm pretty involved in IT, and yes, plenty of machines around with USB ( ) but if you can link to something with a decent guide, I'll happily take a look see.
The Pi is to run Home Assistant on only, you don't have to use it if you set them to emulate Hue or Wemo in the web interface.
£5.91 for me ???
I think the Banggood offer price was £2.43 last Sept when I got 3 or 4 of these, so this isn't the cheapest we've seen this at so far.
I've no experience of Tomtop/Rosegal/whatever-popping-up-in-these-new-posts, I'll stick to BG and GB.
Same for me £5+
Edited by: "marra" 26th Apr
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