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Good news! You can totally do this!! Look into smart plugs. Try and find one that let's you control it away from home as well and you will be able to turn each other's lights off (if you plugged a lamp in) at any time.
Be warned however that these can also be easy entryways for hackers into your network (usually to make you part of a botnet) so don't buy the cheapest ones and make sure to change all default passwords. Cheers mate!
Thanks! I'm always finding a new use-case scenario. I'm using an Amazon Alexa enabled outlet and the Technivorm Moccamaster 59656 KBG Coffee Brewer 40 oz Matte Black. The key component for using this combo is that the coffee maker must have a physical on/off switch. With this setup, I have the flexibility to brew on demand or ask Alexa to start coffee at 6am for instance. It's the best of both worlds.
My favourite thing was an Echo Plug thing - they had a coupon on it where you could get one for 99c last December!! That was my first smart plug and it's fantastic, super convenient and it controls my living room lamp so when I go downstairs in the middle of the night I don't have to fumble for switches. Very coo.
No, definitely not free - US $25. You can easily get smart plugs that work with Alexa, GA, HomeKit, IFTTT, Stringify, and whatever for the same price or less. I honestly don’t see any reason to buy Amazon’s smart plug.
Everyone keeps saying that Amazon doesn't need to, because others do, or because Amazon doesn't want to deal with it
But then they go and have these
They could theoretically pack the same technology into an outlet design.
Amazon is showing Amazon Smart Plug for $0.99 for me.
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So a smart plug (click this) is a plug that you plug into the wall and you plug accessories into. Then you can control via app. Now i've never used any so do you research, there is a lot of brands. But I assume you can turn off an on with wireless remotes or app. As well as set timers to turn off and or on to save power. If you already have LED lights in your house that aren't smart that use a plug, this is the cheapest way to go. It all depends on which smart plug and its features. Now if you don't have LED bulbs, I would recommend it as its cheaper long term then non LED bulbs. LED doesnt mean smart or that they change color, its just how they're powered.
If you get the alexa one like I linked then you control it through alexa app. I don't even think you need alexa because you can use your phone. But to make it easier I would recommend an Alex Mini or Google Home mini to control it easier by voice. Now if you're just going to use your phone then it doesnt matter.
So no you don't need any other accessories. I'm thinking of getting some just to turn off my devices when I'm at work and set the plug to turn on on my way home.
The problem with using a smart thermostat is that they’re typically designed for systems that don’t actually turn the unit off, rather signal when the unit should heat or cool the area.
You could buy a smart outlet such as this to turn the unit on/off with your smart house configuration, but I would NOT recommend plugging a space heater into any kind of adapter like this- since it could overheat and cause damage the adapter, or worse, cause a fire.
In the end your best bet is to purchase a heater that has its own thermostat. I’m not sure the quality of the units, but if you do a search on Amazon there appear to be a handful that support voice control over WiFi.
If you intend to use the area for a prolonged period of time, you could consider installing a ductless HVAC unit (but obviously this will be very expensive)- this unit should theoretically work with most smart thermostats on the market, and some even come with smart home support.
Please see my other reply. My coffee maker does have a power on/off toggle button.
"Thanks! I'm always finding a new use-case scenario. I'm using an Amazon Alexa enabled outlet and the Technivorm Moccamaster 59656 KBG Coffee Brewer 40 oz Matte Black. The key component for using this combo is that the coffee maker must have a physical on/off switch. With this setup, I have the flexibility to brew on demand or ask Alexa to start coffee at 6am for instance. It's the best of both worlds.
[Outlet ](Amazon Smart Plug, works with Alexa [link]) "
Yes, Amazon’s brand.
Amazon Smart Switch
Not perfect, but so far 100% reliable for me in 1.2 years. Works perfectly with Alexa. You'll need the Alexa app to set timers, and control it remotely.
Wish Amazon would come out with a wall switch. The problem with this type of setup is that unless you have a phone or an Alexa, the only way to manually turn on a light is by the little switch on the side. A problem for guests.
It is really easy to set up. Download the app on your phone or tablet and it will walk you through. Here is the link to the plugs I got:
Amazon Smart Plug, works with Alexa - A Certified for Humans Device [link]
Anything you plug into it can be turned on or off by Alexa. In the app you can group them to control multiple ones at once, which is what I did.
Not sure if you have an Amazon Alexa product, but this works flawlessly for me. I have two Arcade 1ups and a light up movie poster box plugged in to a surge protector, and the surge protector plugged in to the Amazon smart plug. I named the smart plug "arcade" and tell Alexa to "turn on the arcade" and it works fantastically!
This is the one I'm using.
I pressed the button on the side until it was blinking, made sure Alexa was close to it and everything. My hug is a Phillips used for my lights, which Alexa works well with. No phone, iPad got screwed up by the last update, so it's like alalalalala. lol
Connect it to a smart plug! It’s super convenient, and you can use it for a variety of other things around the house as well.
This is a good one, but there are cheaper ones out there too. Good luck!
Amazon Smart Plug, works with Alexa - A Certified for Humans Device
During Amazon’s Black Friday specials, I bought a few Echo Dots, and they came with smart plugs for free as part of the promotion. I had no idea what to do with them. I eventually plugged the Christmas tree into one, and slightly amused my family by turning the tree off and on using Alexa.
Now, I put one on the fan in the pain cave. I can start my cycling or treadmill workout with no fan, and when I start to get hot, I no longer have to jump off or pause the workout to turn it on. I tell Alexa to turn the fan on, without breaking stride, and immediately get refreshed. It’s the smallest thing, but it’s made the biggest difference.
Amazon Basic Smart Plug
I would use a WiFi remote outlet.
If you have an Alexa, something like...
If you don’t have an Alexa, then there are ones with a remote (no WiFi)
Just make sure it supports the wattage of your computer.
I have an Amazon brand Smart Plug that I’m attempting to connect.
They had an order through Alexa deal for $5 so I picked one up.
If this unit ends up not working I’ll repurpose for something else.
If that’s the case, what plug is recommended?
Amazon Smart Plug, works with Alexa [link]
I had my concerns with it being safe to use but I couldn’t find any information definitively saying it was unsafe. I’ve checked on it periodically and I haven’t noticed it heating up at all. After seeing the savings, I really want to get a Level 2 charger since it typically takes an additional couple of hours to top of my battery outside of non peak hours.
As u/mcclinsr notes, it's not trivial to setup and it's going to have it's quirks and glitches. By the time you have it all "setup" (it's never done being fiddled with) she'll have healed enough to not need it.
My recommendation, get a few Echo Dots and use the Drop-In, Announce, and Call features. She can even call emergency services from it. With Drop-In you can call to another Echo and talk. Announce is good if she needs help but doesn't know where you might be in the house (if you have multiple Echos). Calling in an emergency, and if you have AT&T, it can call one of your contacts (i.e., you).
For lights, get Amazon Smart Plugs and pair them with the Echos. There's a lot you can do, but easiest is on/off. Put them in "Rooms" in Alexa and have her learn to turn rooms on and off, "Alexa, turn on the bedroom."
As mentioned, TV is going to be more tough. Don't mess with Harmony. Even with a Fire Stick you're probably not going to be able to turn the TV on so you'll need to leave it on. You can pair an Echo to FireTV to issue commands, but it's going to take some practice. It's doable though... supporting the disabled is a key capability... but again, she'll be healed before she gets comfortable with the commands. There are videos from Amazon that teach you how to control it, so watch those. Learn to jump straight to the content you want, "Alexa, play The Expanse."
If you're determined to get the TV wired in, I've had good luck with this smart IR blaster:
Don't mess with ST for this. It's definitely overkill for the short term you'll need this.
I use the amazon branded ones throughout my workshop since the kasa ones will trip anywhere near 12 amps. The amazon ones are rated for 15 and will run 15 amp machines and motors continuously without a problem. I even run a air conditioner off one without issue. The x32i asks for a 15 amp surge protector in the manual so even though i haven't tested it specifically for a treadmill i would assume your safe. I would still run a surge protector though after it if i were you. I linked the belkin one i use for heavy draw machines also. They have been extremely reliable for me although some people prefer power cut off types. Thats the exact combo i plan to use when my x22i arrives.
Amazon just released their own today:
Might want to. $25. $125 would be insane.
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These things go on sale for like $5 all the time:
I buy a lot of them, and can group them for different things; paired with an Echo dot in my office it allows me to automate and group things like my office VR setup/3d printer/etc..
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You may be able to use an Alexa Smart Plug. Plug the fan in, turn it on, and then use Alexa to turn the plug on and off.
Amazon doesn't make a smart outlet, but they make their own smart plug: [link]
I'm getting an Amazon smart plug for my heater. Here's the specs on it.
Input: 100-120VAC, 60Hz 15A
Max Output: 15A Max
Source is the Amazon page for it, https://www.amazon.com/Amazon-Smart-Plug-works-Alexa/dp/B01MZEEFNX?th=1
Should be safe with that. Please note that I am not an electrician and this is just my 2 pennies.
Don't think so, but if you buy Amazon's smart plug, it basically does what you're looking for. Just grab your favorite led light strip.
I got this plug on Amazon. It works really good. I recommend.
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these should work without needing a new app for setup: [link]
I got an Amazon Smart Plug for $1 cuz of a promotion. What should I do with it?
The Amazon smart plug, link here:
> If Amazon keeps this up and doesn't build their own hub, I could see Samsung continuing to get a lot of sales just from the new home market.
While Amazon has included Zigbee in their own Echo devices ("You can connect your Zigbee-based smart devices to Alexa using the Zigbee hub built-in to the new Echo Show and Echo Plus, or through other Zigbee Certified hubs such as those from SmartThings and Wink."), they also appear to be going the hubless route via wifi. So I don't think they're necessarily dependent on ST.
The trend lately is moving away from hubs into standalone smart devices, typically rebranded Chinesium (you can tell when they all use the exact same app, just with a different logo and brand name, and they're all in a race to the bottom in terms of price and quality).
Amazon Smart Plug, works with Alexa – A Certified for Humans Device [link]
I was scrolling my Facebook news feed and I saw an Amazon ad for a $1 Amazon Smart Plug (normally $25). It's official and works with Alexa.
It may not work for everyone, though. It is a social media promotion and I believe the ad's link has an id in it that is generated per user. And I think you must have clicked the link at least once in order to "activate" the promotion for your account, if that makes sense.
However, here is the product's link and code for those that would like to try before searching your Facebook news feeds:
Link = https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MZEEFNX
Code = SMARTPLUG99
But again, the link above may not work and you may need to actually find the ad in your Facebook's news feed.
I'm not 100% sure if this is how it works but I think it is.
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No, this is a low effort Amazon plug.
I bought this one Amazon Smart Plug, works with Alexa [link]
But be aware there are others that come in a 4 pack for like 36 bucks
You mean like this? [link]
I haven't found a smart heater, but I have a heater that works with a Smart plug/sensor combo pretty well.
I have the Vornado Whole Room Heater which has three power settings. I set mine on medium, then plug it into a SmartThings outlet. In SmartThings, I created an automation to tie a particular multi-purpose sensor to the outlet, so if the temperature drops below a certain point, the outlet turns on, which turns the heater on.
The two key points are to find a heater which uses manual controls instead of digital, so it resumes the settings and turns on as power is restored, and to find a Smart outlet which is rated for enough power to the heater. My setup requires a SmartThings hub and is automated, but you could do similar with a good Alexa Echo Plus compatible outlet and voice control to say "turn the heater on" or "turn the heater off" or set up a Routine in the Alexa app based on time of day.
Depending on the heater you choose, it looks like the new Amazon Smart Plug should have enough capacity. It also comes in a Black Friday deal with the new Echo Dot if you need to add another Echo device.
A smart plug maybe?
It would turn TV on and off nothing more.
bruh I just bought this amazon smart plug for $1.00 free shipping and its retail is $24.99 i dont even know what it does. Just use code PLUG