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So someone already pointed you in the direction of the mod. No need for a dimmable smart plug or fan. Just a standard plug and an oscillating fan with physical buttons and even multiple speeds if possible. I actually have 3 surrounding my play area at different speeds and aimed at different heights.
What the mod does is send a pulsing signal to the smart plug, so even if your fan is set to blow as hard as it can the mod with pulse the power to control the actual intensity of the wind. I would suggest you find the quietest fans you can as they can be heard through your index speakers, or at least mine are, and it can be a little immersion breaking. So getting it just right takes some tinkering but I really enjoy it.
The mod pairs nicely with Skyrim is Windy and Blowing in the Wind.
This is the plug I got . I can think you can get multiple if you like and if they're all named the same the mod will interact with all of them, but you may want to double check. I'm personally just using a couple extension cords with multi outlets to spread the fans around. I'd love to see a similar mod with a heater for when you get into close proximity to fire, but I'm not sure these little plugs could handle the power draw. Would be pretty cool though.
To be really clear, stay away from fans with remotes. You want a physical on off switch because any digital switch tends to stay off when power is cut in and out. And the mod literally turns the power on and off to get the effect.
$13? Kasa Smart (HS100) Plug by TP-Link, Smart Home WiFi Outlet Works with Alexa, Echo, Google Home & IFTTT, No Hub Required, Remote Control, 15 Amp, UL Certified, 1-Pack [link]
I know its not what youre asking but i got the TP-Link HS100 to work just fine. Fairly easy installation from the Kasa App and then youre good to go adding them on octopi.
Seems there are a lot of home automation products being given the "Alexa" discount as shown by checking out with this: TP-Link Smart Plug, No Hub Required, Wi-Fi, Control your Devices from Anywhere, Works w/ Amazon Alexa & Google Assistant (HS100)
The LIFX says it's a 25% discount in checkout. Nice find!
$29.99 is pretty much the standard price, however, as with anything on Amazon, that price varies widely at times. I use camelcamelcamel.com to track a number of items, including these, and pick them up a couple at a time whenever the price drops to $22 or lower. For Cyber Monday, you could get one on sale by ordering through Alexa, and that deal was posted in this sub. Also watch the price on the 2-pack, sometimes that's a better deal per unit.
They've been consistent performers for me, and one nice feature is that they remember their settings through power outages. Their biggest annoyance is their size; you pretty much lose an entire double outlet unless you plug them into a short extension cord or a power strip. They also don't link to IFTTT, which I know is important to some people.
I'm thinking of getting something like:
For my current soundbar that way it works with Alexa, What do you think?
I am not an expert, but here’s a suggestion. TP-Link has a smart plug (like you want) that is reasonably priced. It works with their Kasa app and you can put it on a schedule. It’s relatively simple to do. If you have an amazon echo or google home you can also pair it with that.
For example, I have a tp-link plug hooked to an echo. So I can say “Alexa turn off the Christmas tree” and the lights turn off without having to slog under the tree.
I use the Kasa plugs by TP Link. They are rated for 15amps.
I have used another plug that melted, so these are the only ones that I recommend.
I started by picking up a few of these and connecting them to my Amazon Echo: [link]
Super easy to set up and you can ask Alexa to "turn on the TV" or "turn off the lamp". You can also group things together and say "Alexa, turn everything off" which is pretty neat for when you're going to bed. You can use your existing bulbs and it's cheaper (well save for the Echo) then jumping into a Hue starter kit, for example. That said, I do plan to pickup an EcoBee and Hue kit soon now that I have the itch to automate all the things!
I own this to control all my lamps. It works great, but I see amazon is starting to pump out their own as well if you want a cheaper option.
As for the garage, I think that's something you'll have to control, like others recommended, with a raspberry pi.
Yeah... I use OctoPrint with the "TP-Link Smartplug" plugin to control these [link] cheap wifi outlets, and it works great. Control of the printer (and camera lights) along with auto-shutdown of the printer. It's awesome to be able to start a print, if the right color filament is already loaded, without ever leaving my computer.
(Just for those, make sure you don't let the Kasa app update the firmware when you set them up...but lots of other cheap/easy options.)
Could just use these and at least remotely turn them off.
I'm doing this myself. There is a range of TP-Link wifi power plugs and other devices (I'm using this one) where their communication protocol got cracked and allowed a small ecosystem of python libraries to spring up.
Of course they push you towards their app during setup, but if you're handy with coding you can control the devices programmatically and 100% locally.
I've been using Kasa Smart Plugs for various things around the house. I've yet to have an issue with them. I can't comment on any of their other products as I've only purchased this particular model. I have never had to unplug and plug it back in.
hi dave, welcome back to the family! :) i'm glad to hear things are looking up for you!! what are some of your favorite bands?
i have a super kick ass smart plugon my main WL that i want so i can turn my himalayan salt lamp on and off lol!
I used one of these when I was still using the stock charger. Felt I could at least keep an eye on it. Not sure if your WiFi reaches where you charge.
Kasa Smart Plug Outlet by TP-Link - Reliable WiFi Connection, No Hub Required, Works with Alexa Echo & Google Assistant (HS100) [link]
Profitability is always changing when mining. You can use Whattomine.com to check out profitable for specific hardware and electricity rates.
Also if you are planning to mine for a long time I recommend getting a smart plug to help track you kw/h usage more accurately. (Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug [link])
Some people who live where electricity is expensive find alternative solutions as well. We see many users try to find places where electricity is included with rent. Rural miners using solar panels, or building small hydro electric generators in streams, etc.
You may also find newer hardware is more efficient and uses less electricity. A 960 is powerful but not very efficient.
Lastly there are other reasons to mine besides profitability. If you are at break even costs you are still stacking BTC while providing a service to the networks' of the coins you are mining. Mining not only creates coins as a reward, but verifies transactions and increases the security of the entire network.
Keep a close eye on the profitability.
Take a look at the TP-Link Kasa WiFi outlets if you don't have a z-wave or zigbee hub. If you have a hub, you'll find a lot of good options from well regarded brands like GE.
Check the specs on it of course before using, but TP-Link is a well known brand so I would trust it more than "Teckin".
I guess outlet? I was thinking something like this to control the power to the lights (or computer even, you would just have to turn off the plug after shutting down at night).
Involves buying something else though...
I just got my Red Alexa and white plug thing today too. I'll let you know how to setup the white plug thing once i get around to setting up mine.
Amazon had a promo where you could get this white plug thing for $5 with the purchase of an Echo. Not sure what it is but for $5 how could you pass it up?
What hub are you referring to ? This is the outlet you have, right: [link]
It says no hub required. If you have Google Home, you should just be bale to pair the outlet with Google Home and turn it off and on by voice.
I have these TP-Link smart plug
They work an absolute treat with Google Assistant.
so you just want to turn off the printer remotely?
the phone app for this will let you turn off things remotely so long it is connected to wifi
I use it to turn on and off a pc that is at home , while im at work.
I don't have a home but i have an Echo Dot and use my Pixel with assistant. Both seem to work equally well with the "turn on the light" / turn off the light. I use this smart plug. I think it's good, except it takes up so much space. On a 2 plug light switch it basically hogs all the space. That's my only negative for it.
A little late to the party but you could always look into smart plugs that way you can connect them to your wifi and just turn them off and on with your phone or if you have Amazon Alexa or Google Home you can configure them to work with voice activation.
Get a electric timer like TP-Link Smart Plug (hs100) and setup a schedule to turn on and off automatically. Also, you can remotely turn on/off any device connected to it.
If you have Amazon Echo or Google Assistant, you can use voice commends to turn on/off as well.
Not sure about Bluetooth but you could use a WiFi enabled outlet to turn on the stereo. Take a look at this.
One cheap workaround you could possibly use is buying a smart plug that doesn't need a hub, but can be controlled by Alexa. This plug looks like it fits the role.
From my understanding, that receiver needs power to stay on. If you plug it into that smart plug and connect that to Alexa, theoretically, you can power it on and off when you want by telling Alexa to. So when you turn the plug on, the receiver should automatically start broadcasting and connect with Alexa. When you turn the plug off, the receiver should turn off as well, and therefore cause Alexa to use her internal speakers.
Certainly not a perfect solution based on your list of criteria, but I'd say it's an idea to at least consider.
Yeah, I bought [link] this with it. I just connected my printer and managed to make it function. Thank you!
I appreciate the comment. What I think triggered the motion capture was the light directly below the camera. It is attached to a Smart Plug. You can hear it click on it in the actual video. I am the only one with control over it and I didn't turn it on. The light wasn't on when I went to check the live feed 20min later.
1- No. It won't work like you hope it will.
2- No. You will not like the sound of the tap.
3- A smart switch like the TP-Link HS100 will work. [link]
4- Not sure.
That seems like a good solution, maybe something like [link]
I'm going to try it out. Thanks!
I am planning on incrementally building out my home automation setup starting with this smart socket. Will I need anything else once Home is out to be able to control the light through voice?
Maybe I am not understanding what you are asking, but why wouldn't you just use this plug, which is the same cost, and works with the echo directly?
This is what I ordered - though I'm not married to it, so I can certainly change to something else.
I chose it because I'm a fan of the TPlink products and have recently upgraded my router to TPLink and have several TPLink powerline adapters and wifi extenders and really like them.
I was looking at the tags and wasn't sure if I needed the hub or now. The other main concern I have is that they appear to have a shelf life of about a year. I would hate invest in the hub then run the risk of not being able to get more tags in the future as the batteries die. Though overall, the tags do seem pretty cool.
There's also smart outlets like this one that give you better control on when you have the device on or off.
Ok so here is the breakdown of what I am doing and a couple more photos of the UI and videos of it in action.
Here is the configuration.yaml and ui-lovelace.yaml files on Github.
The main components that are currently being used on the front end are:
I intend for the UI to be displayed on a few Fire HD8 tablets. One that will be centrally located on the main floor of the house. Two others will be used as nightstand clocks in the master bedroom.
At a high level, all I have done is drawn the floor plan and layouts in Sketch and exported individual assets as pngs and position them within a picture-elements card mostly utilizing image and its state_image. I would basically just plop down the button or icon or whatever with style: "top":50% "left":50%. Once the asset was in the UI I would inspect it via Chrome's dev tools inspector and select the parent container that the style was being set on. I would then manually adjust the top and left percentages until I was satisfied. I would then update ui-lovelace.yaml to include the new values and double check them in the browser.
style: "top":50% "left":50%
For the buttons, currently the button background and button text are baked into the image but I intend to change that soon. Basically the indicator light is actually the same size as the whole button its just 95% of it is transparent.
Here are some screen caps (since i just posted photos from my phone last night)
Here are a couple videos of it in action:
Thats all I can think of for now to answer the basics... I am more than happy to go deeper into anything anyone has any questions about
Can I just real quick post about my love of remote wifi enabled switches? As the winter is coming on hard here in the PNW, this is the time I start using my space heater a LOT in my tiny house. I've got this insanely cheap little device... It's just an on/off switch, but it's also connected to my wifi. That means that I can use an app and turn my heater on from UNDER THE COVERS LIKE A CIVILIZED BEING! And from my car! As I drive home! So my house is warm! This is the smart plug:
If this sounds good to you, you'll need a space heater with a mechanical on/off switch, which are becoming a little rare... The smart plug can only turn power off and on, so your heater has to be in the 'on' position all the time. This is the one I've got. It won some sort of best of award on Wirecutter for small space heaters:
Both of them together are about $35. I am warm. That is all.
I like the combination of a wifi switch:
TP-LINK Smart Plug, Wi-Fi, Control your Devices from Anywhere (HS100), Works with Amazon Alexa [link]
with a remote camera:
D-Link Day & Night Wi-Fi Camera with Remote Viewing (DCS-932L) [link]
Then with your phone you can water... or set a schedule.
At the moment, even the TP-Link Smart Plug is $25 on Amazon. That's a great deal. I have a couple myself and have never had any issues.
EDIT: £24 on UK Amazon also, by the way.
Plug the injector into a $14 TP-Link Kasa and use their API to power-cycle it, python-kasa is a python library for manipulating Kasa devices.
those look like chinese private label items.
if you already have a power strip, why not a tP-Link smart plug or Wemo Plug
Sorry that was total garble. So a few of the wifi smart plug solutions are basically all like their own tiny servers, and a few will take commands that you can send it over wifi in really simple formats (esp the ones that don't need a central hub are going to be easier to repurpose... for better or worse...). So you just set the plug up normally, but then you can run code on your raspberry pi connected to the same network that will tell it over wifi (or ethernet - if you connect your pi that way - also fine) to turn on or off.
One example would be this plug (amazon) and there are a few people who have published code for controlling it on github github2
Quite experimental I guess, and so depends how much you vibe with code vs wires. Being mains power tipped it over the line for me.
Edit: additional code links
Also available through Amazon for the same price:
something like this? https://www.amazon.com/TP-Link-HS100-Required-Google-Assistant/dp/B0178IC734/ref=sr_1_5?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1547138001&sr=1-5&keywords=SMART+TIMER
I have two smart plugs in my house and they're great! Looking to get more of the same, or if there are similar ones I'm open to them as well.
TP-Link HS100 Kasa WiFi Smart Plug, No Hub Required, Works with Alexa Echo & Google Assistant
Not sure how the switch works with the Bonavita, but I have used one of these with my moccamaster: https://www.amazon.com/Kasa-Smart-Wi-Fi-Plug-TP-Link/dp/B0178IC734/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1531154217&sr=8-5&keywords=wifi+plug
Something like this: [link]
The most useful thing I own under $300 is an Amazon Echo. I use it for audio books, music, and home automation.
Right now TP-Link smart plugs are on sale too:
Or get yourself a Harmony Hub to control your home entertainment center:
That way you can say, "Alexa, turn on the Xbox" and Harmony will turn on the TV, receiver, and Xbox, and set all the inputs correctly.
I have mine plugged into a TP-Link smart plug.
You'll need one of these or a smart plug so you can power down your rig remotely.
This is just an example there are a bunch of different brands.
Can you use a tp link smart plug that was on sale today? Or is it just limited to the wemo?
I have a Smartthings hub. That talks two home control protocols, called Zigbee and Z-Wave. Many manufacturers make dimmers that use one or the other protocol. There are wall switch-types, and in-line "puck" type fan controllers.
Google finds many...
I'm using TP-Link switched outlets to turn amplifiers on and off. They also have a smaller version, but I got the big ones for $20 each, so went with those. The outlets can be controlled directly by a GH or Amazon Echo, and don't depend on the Smartthings hub.
Search Amazon for wifi switches/fan controllers that say "works with Alexa" for products that don't require a smart home hub. A hub provides some additional flexibility and control methods, but there seems to be a move away from hub-dependent approaches. There are arguments for and against both types of devices. Hubs can offer programmable logic (eg. Turn pitch light on when I arrive home, if the sun has set. If nobody else is home, turn on all amps & play White Stripes really loud,) though using 3rd party tools like IFTTT or Tasker can usually accomplish the same things.
No problem! Just wanted to also add that since I made this post, I've actually done a little more research into smart home stuff. From my understanding, if you don't have bluetooth built into your receiver, you may actually not need Smart Things if you want to be able to control the outlet at the same time as the music mode.
If you get a wifi controlled smart plug (like this one), Alexa will be able to discover it over wifi without a hub like Smart Things. Once you get Harmony all set up and working with your setup, you can then get a phone app and Alexa skill called Yonomi. It basically discovers all your smart devices and lets you set up custom activities for them in the app, and lets them be discoverable by Alexa through the skill. If you then recreate all your Harmony activities within Yonomi as Yonomi activities (basically by making a new activity called whatever you want within Yonomi, that when invoked, activates the Harmony activity of your choosing), all your Harmony activities will then be treated as devices in the Alexa app.
This means that you can make a group within the Alexa app consisting of your Music Mode activity (the one made in Yonomi that calls the one made in Harmony to turn on the correct devices), as well as your smart plug. Then just name that group Music Mode (or whatever you want to call it). Then you can just say "Alexa, turn on Music Mode" and she'll power on the plug and have Harmony turn on the right stuff. At least this is how it works from what I've seen. Definitely a bit of work, especially if you're planning on making a lot of activities for Harmony, but arguably ultimately worth it since you don't have to drop the extra $100 for a Smart Things hub.
Now, if you plan on getting into the smart home scene down the road, Smart Things opens up a lot of neat things you can do. So if that's the case, it may still be worth the investment to get a Smart Things hub. Then you could get a wifi smart plug, or a plug compatible with smart things (one that works using Z-wave, for example). But hey, you know, just another option.
I have this one but it's out of stock currently. TP-Link Smart Plug, No Hub Required, Wi-Fi, Control your Devices from Anywhere, Works with Amazon Alexa (HS100) [link]
So far i think i'm going to order the TP-Link hs100.
It's not exactly API friendly, but the commands it accepts have been captured and are not that complicated - just fire a TCP request with a small pre-set payload and it should be good to go.
As long as TP-Link doesn't change the API this should be fine for most needs:
Example script: [link]
Here you go! Turn ANY Iron into a "smart" iron with this one weird trick! :D
Love the TP-Link
TP-LINK Wi-Fi Smart Plug, Works with Amazon Alexa, Controls Your Electronics From Anywhere (HS100) [link]
You won't get speed control but you'll get on off.
TP-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug
try something like this?
and probably write a simple script to gracefully shutdown your server(s) before you remotely turn the power off.
Just wire in/plug in a smart plug.
This one should work. TP-Link HS100 [link]
what about getting a wifi power outlet / ups that works with echo instead? You wouldn't be able make adjustments but you could turn it on and off.
Edit: something like this - [link]
man, I can't wait to have a full house to automate. not worth it for an apartment in :-/ This is the total POS "Best Seller" in question