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The smart socket guide
The smart sockets are devices capable of connecting directly to the home internet wifi network and being controlled via a convenient application for Android or iOS, deciding when to turn on or off the object or appliance connected to them (or program them automatically following set times). Brilliant right?
It has been a few years since I converted all the outlets of my house into smart home automation sockets remotely controlled and I can assure you that comfort and savings are considerable.
I calculated that compared to last year’s bills I saved something like 425 euros.
Sometimes technology can really make life a lot easier and cheaper!
Buying an electric socket remotely controlled via wifi is undoubtedly an investment that saves several euros over the course of the year.
The first advantage that springs to mind is that of being able to eliminate all the consumption data from the stand-by status of many household appliances.
Did you know for example that when the television is not properly turned on but with the « red LED » on it continues to consume a lot of current?
Home automation, or the study of technologies designed to improve the quality of life in the home and more generally in environments inhabited by humans by using highly intelligent electrical appliances, is helping technologically advanced nations to live more comfortably Italy, as always, has entered this trail a little late, but even in our homes we are beginning to see these futuristic devices more and more often.
The best smart electrical outlets also allow you to continuously monitor the energy consumption of the electrical objects connected to them.
How can I use a WiFi Smart Plug?
To turn lamps on and off, lights for outdoor lighting, water heaters, stoves, ovens, refrigerators, boilers, air conditioners, irrigation systems, washing machines, coffee machines, toasters, and any appliance with an on-off switch that requires a occasional use controllable on time or at a distance, or dependent on the occurrence of a specific event.
Here are just some of the ways smart sockets can be used, but it is obvious that with a little imagination and ingenuity you can organize real futuristic and futuristic synergies of dialogue between products of the same brand and not that can be deactivated or activated when they occur of a given preset event, these are the basics of home automation, towards a near future in which all the household appliances work together to give us a comfortable and efficient life.
With the IFTTT service (ifthisthenthat) which allows you to configure a certain consequence for the future of a certain event, you can, for example, configure your irrigation system by connecting it to a home weather station and start irrigation if it is not raining.
The possibilities are limitless and with a little imagination you can open up a world of fully automated homes. It is clear that if you want these smart sockets they can be used in a normal way, simply to turn on and off devices when you want to timer or if you find yourself outside the home.
Remote-controlled smart electric sockets support up to 16A electrical current which makes them perfect even when combined with very powerful products that require a large supply of energy.
Smart sockets normally support German-type inputs, even if there are certain models oriented to the 3-pole Italian socket.
Through the application it is possible to program the operation of the socket based on the time for a fixed time x per week, and to organize different times based on each specific day of the week.
You can also set scenarios to make them interact with devices of the same brand.
If the power goes off, the smart socket returns to the state it was in before the power cut, if it was off then it returns to off, if it was on it returns to on.
If the socket is programmed in advance, it keeps the programming in memory even if the WIFI connection goes down.
If you wish to bypass the app control, you can use the physical button on the socket itself.
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TP-Link HS110 with consumption monitoring, compatible with Alexa
Here is a very interesting TP-Link socket sold in the Consumption Monitoring mode, perfect therefore for those who want to be always alert and keep a particular appliance under control when it is actually weighing on the electricity consumption of our users.
It is very easy to install, just connect it to the current, download the « Kasa » app and you will be ready to go, with the simple creation of an account.
Works with 2.4GHz WiFi network.
When the green light becomes solid it means that the device is actually ready for use, and you can control it and keep an eye on consumption using the special app for Android or iOS.
The connection is optimized to never have any jolts, and in no problem I had problems controlling my TPLink, not as sometimes happens with bad Chinese outlets …
It is possible to turn on lights in the house or on the floor lamps in the garden to simulate the presence of humans in the home at set times, an ancient system that is as effective as possible to discourage possible bad guys.
My wife, for example, likes to use a TPlink connected directly to the washing machine to start it at a specific time.
It can be easily interfaced with Alexa, to make it part of the smart home system and therefore elaborate complicated configurations at will if we want to.
Once the SKILL TP-LINK is installed in the Alexa app, as is usually done, it is advisable to start searching for new devices, at which point our new smart socket will be found, and you can assign a unique name to it. keep track of them, especially if we have a lot of smart devices in our home.
The measurement takes place in Watts and is extremely precise in real time. In this way it is possible to know over time how much electricity is actually being consumed by the appliance connected to it.
From this moment on it will be possible to drive it directly through voice commands, saying phrases like « Alexa turn on the washing machine socket », in the case in which, for example, the one in question has been named « washing machine socket ».
The Hs 100 is an excellent smart product, one of the best smart sockets present at the moment on the very crowded market of intelligent devices ready to revolutionize our lives.
If there is no power the product manages to maintain the configuration, this is an aspect not to be underestimated, given that other competing products must unfortunately be reconfigured every time there is a power failure in the home.
The firmware is updated automatically.
I speak clearly, it is perhaps my favorite smart plug at the moment, but it is clear that as it is a constantly evolving market it can happen that from a month to the other some smart plugs disappear from the market and other much more advanced ones come out.
All in all for the moment a great product, I use 6 different ones at home, do a little bit yourself.
Houzetek, compatible with Google Home and Alexa
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- VOICE CONTROL: Houzetek Wifi EU Plug works directly on Google Home to manage your devices by voice command, assign a different man to each Smart Plug and communicate to each take by name when you order the item. It’s very convenient!
- REMOTE CONTROL AND IFTTT: even if you are not at home, still control the switching on / off via the Smart Life application. Not only that, this APP has the IFTTT program (if the next turn), for example, if the temperature reaches 30 ° C, the light turns off automatically.
Here is a small and space-saving smart plug, perfect for those who choose an optimal and intelligent solution without sacrificing space. Perhaps useful for those who intend to use it in particular difficult positions.
It can be controlled via Google Assistant and by interfacing it with Google Home, it works perfectly and does not give any problems.
Perfect to be associated for example with Christmas lights and to impress your friends by piloting the colored lights of our tree or crib with simple voice commands. You will feel like real genes of the lamp.
It is possible to clearly connect the socket to any appliance inside the house, use even more than one and set any type of « behavior » according to our needs, it can also be configured with the IFTTT app and only our imagination becomes then the real limit to the infinite combinations that can be obtained.
Do you want the blender to turn on automatically when you send an email with a specific command to a specific email address? You can.
Do you want the microwave oven to activate when you put the car in the garage through motion sensors that send a signal to an Arduino control panel? Child’s play.
It is possible to configure the smart plug in question through an app called « SmartLife » available as usual on both iOS and Android, and it will be child’s play to interface it with Alexa or Google Assistant.
However, make sure that you first need to connect the « SmartLife » service and then download the « SmartLife » Skill.
But beware that it is only available with 2.4 Ghz Wifi modems, problems may arise with those at 5GHZ.
Meross, Smart Plug Compatible with Homekit, Alexa, Google Home and IFTTT
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Smart Wifi 16A 3680W Wireless Smart Plug, Function …
- Diversified use scenarios: smart sockets allow you to automatically program your electronic devices at home, even when you are away from home, saving time and effort; suitable for most electrical equipment such as lights, fans, water dispensers, water heaters, humidifiers and other equipment with on / off function
- Voice control and app: the meross intelligent sockets are compatible with alexa / echo, google home page / voice control assistant; performs remote control thanks to the free meross app
Here is a « minor » brand, but in reality it is extremely reliable and performs well.
Very easy to install, since the instructions are also present directly in Italian, so no time is wasted in unnecessary translations and various tribulations.
The socket works perfectly as soon as it comes out of the box, but be careful if you have a 5Ghz tim modem, as this device only works at 2.4 Ghz. Some online users have found it difficult to make it work at 5.
For the rest, the design is excellent, as are all the features available.
It is possible to directly use the app used as a widget on your smartphone (application available for both iOs and Android), to immediately have full control of the socket and be able to turn it off or on at your convenience wherever you are.
It therefore integrates perfectly with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and IFTTT systems.
To signal the very useful function Alba / Tramonto which allows to set the switching on and off of the socket depending on the light of dawn or the darkness of the sunset. Thus making it directly interfaced with natural phenomena, regardless of time zones or seasonal.
Extremely reliable and functional, for those who care about the essentials and want to enter the world of smart plugs from the main door without spending a fortune.
D-Link DSP-W215, Home Smart Plug
D-Link has produced a smart socket: the Home Smart Plug.
What stands out from the eye and makes the difference compared to the models of the competitors is undoubtedly the presence of buttons and LED indicators on the socket itself to facilitate configuration and manual diagnosis operations.
There is also a WPS button to easily and quickly pair with the home router. There is a special LED to indicate the status of the connection and to indicate if everything is actually going the right way without any problems whatsoever.
Next to the pairing button there is the one intended for reset, to be pressed with a pin to be able to quickly return the device to factory settings and repeat all the configuration from scratch if there were problems. Perfect when it comes to having to put on a patch and you don’t know where to start, it is often better to start from scratch.
You can also use the scanning app with QRcode to connect the device.
After the setup, you can immediately check the status of the socket and the live consumption via the app, as well as the temperature of the device and access the SCHEDULE function to set the activation and deactivation times of the socket according to our will.
As with other similar products, this D-Link socket can also be directly interfaced with other devices of the same brand, to have an integrated network of electrical appliances.
Also in this case it is possible to monitor the consumption of the whole month realizing a history that can be consulted calmly in the future.
Automatic shutdown in case of overheating.
Creation of scenarios and integration possibilities in the D-Link family of home automation objects.
A negative aspect of this product is that in the event of a down current or wi-fi connection, the socket does not automatically resynchronize but a manual restart will be necessary, certainly an inconvenient aspect to consider if you imagine to spend very long periods outside the home.
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Smart Socket with Remote Control Wireless Switch …
- Remote access: Control devices connected to the smart connection wherever there is Internet using the free app on your smartphone.
- Home Smart Plug allows you to turn on and off the appliances wherever you are via the app for iOS and Android terminals.
Here is a low-cost outlet, for those who intend to enter the world of smart sockets from the main door without spending a fortune, in fact the strength of this smart plug is without a doubt the price.
The design is very reminiscent of the D-Link, but clearly the performances will not be the same, of course it is that at a price of this kind is not the best on the market, so in its range can be considered the best.
It can nominally hold a load up to 2.200W according to the manufacturer, but being an economic outlet we advise you not to risk it and use it only for small power items.
Like the more expensive outlets, it allows time programming, but unlike these it lacks the programming of scenarios or the history of consumption achieved.
For those who do not have big claims this is the definitive choice, there are no great possibilities for customization but it does its duty admirably, I tested it in the office and I can assure you that it is a great product for the price at which it is sold.
The possibilities are few but it does its job well, there is always the possibility to control it both remotely and locally in a normal way, the timer is fully programmable, there is the possibility of setting the random switch-on function, this is very useful to simulate your presence at home at random times of the day so as to discourage possible thieves who will believe that the house is constantly inhabited even if we may be traveling or at work.
The app is easy to use, once you have chosen the device you want to configure just press a big button that acts as an ON and OFF switch for the activation or deactivation of the electricity on that specific smart socket.
Koogeek, works with Apple HomeKit
Koogeek, Wi-Fi smart socket, works with Apple HomeKit, …
- Works with Apple HomeKit and supports Siri Voice Control: Apple HomeKit technology offers a simple and safe way to control compatible accessories, with Siri on your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Apple Watch.
- Setting programs and timers: you can customize programs and timers by device or by environment. One or more connected devices are turned on or off in a defined instant.
Koogeek is part of the Apple HomeKit home automation system.
The socket is white, with an instruction manual in Italian.
It allows to control, monitor and program the switching on and off of each device connected to it, it can be used easily by means of Siri, the Apple voice control system, or through the official Koogeek app.
At a distance you can also see if the socket is in use or not and take a look at its energy consumption.
With HomeKit you can control all the devices connected to the socket with Siri.
Custom scenes can be created to control multiple connected devices at the same time.
The connection can be made at home on the 2.4 GHz wifi network or remotely with a HomeKit, protected by WPA or WPA2 protocol.
The power input is max 250V AC (50Hz), 10A.
The Kogeek smart plug is very easy to configure and allows you to have at your command a socket that can be controlled using apple devices.
It is clear that if you have no HomeKit home automation system it is not a good idea to buy this smart plug socket, which is optimized for this system.
The HomeKit system is ideal if you intend to connect different Apple devices, which can then be managed by Siri via voice command.
Kogeek’s design is remarkable, white to integrate aesthetically into the Apple system with that canonical minimalistic futuristic and elegant design. The quality standard is of high quality, with technologically advanced materials.
The and of the Kogeek logo is a colored LED, illuminated to indicate the status of the Wifi.
On the side there is also a button for manual use of the socket.
Unfortunately 5G networks are not supported.
In case you are not an Apple user, it is better to focus on other more performing products for Android users.
Belkin F5Z0489vf, set of LED bulbs
The Belkin is an excellent brand, which brought out this Wemo series, an ideal tool kit for all those who want to make their smart home through an extremely advanced home automation system.
The Belkem devices sold in Italy at the moment are not many, but without a shadow of a doubt in a few months the European catalog will expand, becoming like the American one which is currently well stocked and allows endless solutions of crossed configurations between different devices. Certainly a brand to keep an eye on if you want to get serious with your smart home.
This from Belkim is an excellent alternative to keep in mind instead of straight Koogeek on Apple system, in fact here we are dealing with a technologically impeccable object that runs on Android systems, obviously remaining compatible and working with the Apple world. This compatibility is not guaranteed by Koogeek, which only runs in the apple ecosystem.
It can be easily integrated with the Google Home or Amazon Echo voice system and possibly also with the fantastic Nest thermostat, another domotic jewel presented on the ProContro pages.
It can dialogue with the IFTTT platform and integrate perfectly like an ancient mosaic with Wemo and BElkin components.
Design is the flagship of this model, since it is highly studied and tries to integrate perfectly with the environment of the most fashionable and technologically advanced houses, it has very rounded lines and the materials are of a quality that is surprising to the touch and let us imagine a huge work of design engineering. In the upper part of the device there is also the very comfortable manual control button, an excellent idea to optimize its use.
Even a child would be able to configure this object in a few minutes, with the help of the Android and iOS Wemo app, the recognition on the wifi network is all automatic and takes place in a few seconds, a password is entered while assigning an alias for the device and you’re ready to go.
The functions are the usual ones of a high-level smart plug, and will not leave anyone disappointed.
There is a timer to be able to adjust the ignition at any time you want, the local control device, the keybronz interface, the creation of scenarios, the possibility to monitor the consumption of the electric network and to draw up completely automatically a history with monthly usage statistics.
Hard to believe that such a small object has so many features.
Do not forget the Amazon Echo support and Google Home.
The app also gives us the possibility never seen before assigning to each individual device that we have an icon to identify the different connected device, for example we can choose the design of a lamp, an oven and so on and assign precise ignition rules and switching off based on the time configuration.
Smart Plug TP-Link HS110
The TP-Link launches on the market a real bomb that maybe will forever revolutionize the market of smart plug sockets.
The model in question is the HS110, it has passed from water to bridges from its realization years ago of the first ever model of intelligent grip, all this time has served to refine incredible techniques and technologies that are now all condensed within this device.
The upgrade compared to the previous HS100 model certainly makes itself felt, in fact besides all the functions of the ancestor, already very advanced, we have also this time a refined system of energy consumption analysis.
The design is shocking, with rounded ergonomic shapes, with the keys positioned exactly where we want, there is no smudging regarding the aesthetic side of this TP-Link HS110.
It is installed as usual through a procedure that is very easy to understand, with instructions in Italian, for those unfamiliar with the English language.
The Tp-Link Kasa app, with a very suggestive name, will guide us step by step through the delicate configuration process.
Remember in some ways the D-Link, but it is certainly superior, in particular as regards the stability and speed of the connection and the total and complete customization of the app.
You can create scenes, set dynamic operating times, create histories and interface everything in a vocal way through the futuristic Amazon Echo device.
This is the preferred outlet of all of us here in the editorial office, as we often say last but not least. An economic but surprising outlet, finally what we needed on this market so saturated with products.
It can be used conveniently in combination with Broadlink RM Pro and Broadlink A1.
Months ago it was available only purchased through Chinese retailers, but now it has finally arrived on Amazon Italy, and there is no reason to ignore it since we are perhaps faced with the best smart outlet for value for money.
Broadlink SP3 has an application called e-Control, available for Android and iOS, but you can alternatively install Intelligent Home Center, a great pairing that we recommend without a doubt because the latter is compatible with Alexa.
The socket does not have the central hole because it is the classic German attack, unfortunately unlike the others reviewed in this list is not equipped with IFTTT support, so you can not insert it in nice chains of if this then that designed by us.
There is also no monitoring of consumption with regard to the electricity grid, it is not manageable with HomeKit nor with Google Home. Let’s say that compatibility is certainly not the strong point of this object, but I wanted to list the negative aspects first to better highlight the positive ones.
Let’s go see them together.
The limitations listed above could discourage those interested in buying this Broadlink SP3 Contros but in reality not everyone needs a smart socket constantly connected to all the domotic objects of the house, and in this the device in question is the optimal solution. If you are a fanatic of minimal solutions and you don’t like to complicate your life in vain, we might be in front of the product that is really for you.
Considering also that products such as Amazon Echo, Google Home and Samsung SmartThing at a glance are not exactly available and 100% supported in Italy.
It is clear that if you are interested in a device to be installed in the future on complex home automation networks this will certainly not do for you, in this case it is better to focus on other more complete products.
If you want to try to bypass this problem, you can use third party applications like Tasker or Broadlink RM.
Configuring the SP3 Contros is very simple, let’s see together step by step how to do it in detail.
First it is wise to install the Android or iOS e-Control app.
Then connect our device to an electrical outlet, if everything is ok we will see at this point the blue LED flashing frantically.
At this point you need to open the previously downloaded app and click on the plus symbol, so you can add our device, choose a secure password, it’s important not to be superficial in this step since we have to be very careful as to it concerns the safety of the devices that will act directly inside our house, but if we take the trouble to choose a fairly long alphanumeric password there will be no problems.
Then press « configure ».
The blue LED starts to flash at a clearly slower rate, once associated with Broadlink SP3, our light will remain fixed, indicating that everything is ok and we can start with the actual configuration.
Right now in the app, in the main part of our e-Control you will be able to admire a fresh new icon with SmartPlug written on it, just press on to manage our Broadlink Sp3 100%.
Clicking on the gear symbol instead will immediately open the configuration page where it will be possible in a very simple way to rename the socket and change its icon, activate push notifications, update the firmware, activate the timer, lock the device, set the Day Saving Time and take care of all the details to best set up our smart socket experience.
In a world that is becoming more and more technologized, a smart grip is a must.
I didn’t wait long before completely switching all the house sockets. The advantage I noticed immediately.
As I explained to you above, the first noteworthy figure is that related to electricity bills, which have been cut to say the least surprising.
Then there is the convenience speech, which makes these outlets simply fantastic.
I seem to live in one of those futuristic films where everything is controlled remotely or simply automated.
The future is here and it’s great to live in it!
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