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[Costco] Charging Essentials Wi-Fi Smart Plug x 2 $24.99/Smart Dimmer Switch x 2 $39.99

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ma678 wrote:
Aug 15th, 2018 6:29 pm
Yes if you mean Google Assistant.
Not Google Assistant.

Home Assistant is a Home Automation hub
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blackston3 wrote:
Aug 12th, 2018 10:48 am
What do you guys use smart-plugs for?

Most tools, devices, and electronics all have a switch or power button that needs to pressed to turn on. So if I activate the smartplug to turn on wirelessly, the electronics connected to it still have to be pressed manually to get turned on, right?
A bit late to this party but here’re some examples to help you. I use smart plugs made by iHome for the following:
1. Portable A/C (Danby 14k btu bought from Costco)
2. Floor fan
3. Bedroom Power Strip (connected a few chargers here. )
4. Home office Power Strip
5. Home theatre Power Strip

1 & 2 are turned on per schedule, 30 minutes before sunrise, to keep the south east facing side of the house cool for summer.

3 to 5 turn on/off on a fixed schedule to conserve power.

The plugs also have an energy meter built in to track Power usage and to help manage energy costs.
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vancityguy0 wrote:
Aug 16th, 2018 4:17 am
A bit late to this party but here’re some examples to help you. I use smart plugs made by iHome for the following:
1. Portable A/C (Danby 14k btu bought from Costco)
2. Floor fan
3. Bedroom Power Strip (connected a few chargers here. )
4. Home office Power Strip
5. Home theatre Power Strip

1 & 2 are turned on per schedule, 30 minutes before sunrise, to keep the south east facing side of the house cool for summer.

3 to 5 turn on/off on a fixed schedule to conserve power.

The plugs also have an energy meter built in to track Power usage and to help manage energy costs.
I'm not sure if you answered Blackstones question. Sure you can set the wifi plug on timer but dont you have to toggle the power button on for the devices? I cant turn on the fan or my Danny ac without power ahead of time.
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Jul 25, 2006
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Hi

How will this wifi smart plug work with central a/c not a window unit a/c?
Does it matter if I don't have unlimited wifi at home?

Thanks
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lugubres wrote:
Aug 16th, 2018 11:55 am
Hi

How will this wifi smart plug work with central a/c not a window unit a/c?
Does it matter if I don't have unlimited wifi at home?

Thanks
It wont. Your central AC is not plugged into a standard socket.
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Tried the plugs with the costco 60 pint humidifier and it wouldn't power it on. Lamps and low power things seem to work just fine.
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am i the only one here that did not get the plugs to work with google home?
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DamienR41724 wrote:
Aug 16th, 2018 12:10 am
Sadly couldn't get them to work with Home Assistant, and wound up returning them.
Couldn't get them to work, as in they were not functioning once configured or could not configure them? These are just Tuya devices which seem to have support in HA, so your statement is worrisome because I'm hoping to use them in HA once I manage to find them.
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82 wrote:
Aug 15th, 2018 2:41 pm
Looks like my idea to isolate all IoT devices is the right decision.
Yes but does not stop anyone from issuing a reset and taking down all your smart switches. Just does not seem like this was thought out.

The other hacks take more work but this seems trivial even for home use.
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rdfnewbe wrote:
Aug 14th, 2018 1:13 pm
Has anyone seen the dimmer switches in Ottawa stores?
The Barrhaven Costco has a lot of the dimmer switches. I can confirm that they work well with Google Home and Alexa. Have no had any problems so far.
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miji2 wrote:
Aug 17th, 2018 7:05 am
Couldn't get them to work, as in they were not functioning once configured or could not configure them? These are just Tuya devices which seem to have support in HA, so your statement is worrisome because I'm hoping to use them in HA once I manage to find them.
These are flashable with Tasmota. Check my previous post:

costco-costco-charging-essentials-wi-fi ... #p29676547
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Aug 17, 2018
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I can confirm it works, yes.
Just installed it and had it detected by Smart Life
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Does anyone know if the light switch is 3 way switch since it has 4 wires. (Red, green, black, white)

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