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[Amazon.ca] Kasa Smart Light Switch by TP-Link (HS200) $16.99

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[Amazon.ca] Kasa Smart Light Switch by TP-Link (HS200) $16.99

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The dimmer switch at best buy is $20. I prefer the dimmer switch over the regular one.
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Please don't biee misleading title. Light switch and switch (network switch) are completely different. Click bait title
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It just says Tp-link smart switch.
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Price and product number HS200 in title please.

I like the TP-Link products, and they are generally more reliable and better-supported than the competition

But I do have a couple of issues with the HS200:

Like the other TP-Link switches and outlets, it monitors the on-time so that you can track usage in the Kasa app. But for the HS-200 the value is wrong, always showing ridiculous inaccurate numbers (e.g., like showing it was on 28.5 hours in a 24-hour day when in fact it was on for 2 minutes). This bug has been outstanding for a couple of years and has not been fixed by TP-Link.

This switch goes offline more often than my other TP-Link devices, and unfortunately when that happens it doesn't recover automatically in Home Assistant like all the other TP-Link devices, it just stays offline until I restart Home Assistant. I don't know where the fault lies between TP-Link and HA on this one - I only know that it's annoying!
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Scote64 wrote: This switch goes offline more often than my other TP-Link devices, and unfortunately when that happens it doesn't recover automatically in Home Assistant like all the other TP-Link devices, it just stays offline until I restart Home Assistant. I don't know where the fault lies between TP-Link and HA on this one - I only know that it's annoying!
I have quite a number of these switches for almost 3 yrs, they have been very reliable to me even when it was using custom handler on SmartThings. Recently I discovered these are now officially supported on SmartThings. I don't think I ever faced any offline issue.

So your problem could be Home Assistant.
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Scote64 wrote: Price and product number HS200 in title please.

I like the TP-Link products, and they are generally more reliable and better-supported than the competition

But I do have a couple of issues with the HS200:

Like the other TP-Link switches and outlets, it monitors the on-time so that you can track usage in the Kasa app. But for the HS-200 the value is wrong, always showing ridiculous inaccurate numbers (e.g., like showing it was on 28.5 hours in a 24-hour day when in fact it was on for 2 minutes). This bug has been outstanding for a couple of years and has not been fixed by TP-Link.

This switch goes offline more often than my other TP-Link devices, and unfortunately when that happens it doesn't recover automatically in Home Assistant like all the other TP-Link devices, it just stays offline until I restart Home Assistant. I don't know where the fault lies between TP-Link and HA on this one - I only know that it's annoying!
Mines never go offline, but I don't use HA. The tp-link server (tplinkra) , on the other hand, seems to go briefly offline at midnight.
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ovni121 wrote: The dimmer switch at best buy is $20. I prefer the dimmer switch over the regular one.
I see the dimmer switch listed as $24.99 at Best Buy.
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bogolisk wrote: Mines never go offline, but I don't use HA. The tp-link server (tplinkra) , on the other hand, seems to go briefly offline at midnight.
You can see a lot more detail when you use Home Assistant. It becomes obvious after a while that all the WiFi smart home devices lose contact momentarily once in a while (unless I suppose you have fantastically strong WiFi that never suffers interference from neighbours). They just recover automatically on the next scan cycle, and you never notice unless you happened to issue a command in those exact few seconds when it was momentarily out of contact. And if it didn't respond, you'd just re-issue the command and it would probably work the 2nd time.

The unique issue with HA and the HS200 switch is that unlike all the other TP-Link devices it doesn't reconnect automatically - it just stays offline until you restart Home Assistant.
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Scote64 wrote: This switch goes offline more often than my other TP-Link devices, and unfortunately when that happens it doesn't recover automatically in Home Assistant like all the other TP-Link devices, it just stays offline until I restart Home Assistant. I don't know where the fault lies between TP-Link and HA on this one - I only know that it's annoying!
I had a similar issue. After some troubleshooting I realized the switch and wall plate were not aligned correctly. As a result a small part of the wall plate was touching the reset button on the wall switch so the switch would keep resetting itself.

After adjusting the alignment i never had another issue.
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amoote wrote: It just says Tp-link smart switch.
that means managed switch right? smart = managed
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Most smart home devices are called "smart xxx"

Switch, bulb, whatever. I'd say that it's more common nowadays to refer to smart home devices as smart. More people are familiar with those than network devices.

...but that's just my opinion.
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qaz393 wrote: that means managed switch right? smart = managed
In the home automation field smart = connected. Being connected implies some sort of remote management, but the degree of remote management is not important.

Generally devices that have some sort of local electronic control are labeled "electronic", such as "electronic deadbolt", vs. those that are connected like "smart lock".
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ovni121 wrote: The dimmer switch at best buy is $20. I prefer the dimmer switch over the regular one.
I saw $24.99
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ovni121 wrote: The dimmer switch at best buy is $20. I prefer the dimmer switch over the regular one.
insane666 wrote:
I see the dimmer switch listed as $24.99 at Best Buy.
rui wrote:
I saw $24.99
They are probably talking about the 3 pack @ $59.99
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qaz393 wrote: that means managed switch right? smart = managed
This is a wifi-controlled light switch. Not a managed Ethernet switch.
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Chewfam wrote: They are probably talking about the 3 pack @ $59.99
I see the 3 pack listed as $69.99.
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insane666 wrote: I see the 3 pack listed as $69.99.
My bad, just bought the 3 packs for $60 but deal seem over.
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Scote64 wrote: You can see a lot more detail when you use Home Assistant. It becomes obvious after a while that all the WiFi smart home devices lose contact momentarily once in a while (unless I suppose you have fantastically strong WiFi that never suffers interference from neighbours). They just recover automatically on the next scan cycle, and you never notice unless you happened to issue a command in those exact few seconds when it was momentarily out of contact. And if it didn't respond, you'd just re-issue the command and it would probably work the 2nd time.

The unique issue with HA and the HS200 switch is that unlike all the other TP-Link devices it doesn't reconnect automatically - it just stays offline until you restart Home Assistant.

Ok. But it's practically instantaneous when I use it. And and that's all what matters to me, as a non-HA-user.
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