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[Amazon.ca] TP-Link Kasa Light Switch ($16.99), 3-pack ($44.99) | Dimmer ($24.99), 3-pack ($59.99)

I have been running 5 of these switches in my house for a few months and they have been rock solid with zero connection loss. Takes about 15 minutes to install. No experience with dimmer.

Switch: https://www.amazon.ca/TP-Link-Required- ... 612&sr=8-3

Switch 3 pack https://www.amazon.ca/HS200P3-Lighting- ... 946&sr=8-4

Dimmer: https://www.amazon.ca/TP-Link-Dimmer-Sw ... 746&sr=8-2

Dimmer 3 pack at best buy https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/tp ... k/14801582
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Nov 26, 2008
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I agree! Awesome but just sure you have neutrals in the location. I recently made this mistake and had to return a 3 way and some dimmers.
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Thunder Bay
If anyone is interested in using these with Home Assistant, know that they don't instantly report status changes. So if you turn one on, there can be a significant delay before the status change is sent to HA. I tried to link my basement lights with my porch lights like this, and would often end up downstairs in the dark before the status change was processed and the lights were turned on from the automation. But if you want to do everything through the Kasa app these are solid.
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leafsfanatic wrote: If anyone is interested in using these with Home Assistant, know that they don't instantly report status changes. So if you turn one on, there can be a significant delay before the status change is sent to HA. I tried to link my basement lights with my porch lights like this, and would often end up downstairs in the dark before the status change was processed and the lights were turned on from the automation. But if you want to do everything through the Kasa app these are solid.
My home assistant works great with my kasa devices; i even have my ring door contacts set as sensors to turn lights on/off; no delay for me.

I also have then set with their ip in my configuration and sent static for dhcp. Only issue i have sometimes is when i restart ha the odd outdoor plug wont enable - usual to one more restart fixes it. Once they are online they are good.

2 dimmers; 4 3-ways; 4 normal and 3 outdoor;
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Mar 7, 2011
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Yes make sure you have a neutral wire and also make sure that the switch is not a 3 way switch. HS200 is only for a single, HS210 is for a 3 way setup. Ask me how i know.

I installed a few HS220 dimmers and there is no way to make it local mode only and must be added via the kasa app, so i added it to my wifi network, it asks for an update immediately. Then i exited the app and added all the switches. Lastly I went into my router to assign them static IP's and blocked the switches from accessing the internet on my google wifi. This is my workaround for a 'local mode'. So far it is working fine with HA with a few exceptions where I have to reload the kasa add-on, what does everyone do to get local mode?
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Is there timer switch that doesn’t need neutral?
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So, these dimmers (all dimmers?) have minimum wattage requirements: 150W.

What if I'm using them for 10 6W LED bulbs that are around 60W total?
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If you find these disconnecting, or any smart devices as you start to accumulate, check your residential router's limit. It's usually 64 and may start having connection problems before that. Also move what you can to 5GHz if you can run separate SSID's. Instead of the smart hub route, I connected a 2nd router I had laying around to the main and put several smart devices on it, different 2.4 channel.
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Costco is selling smart dimmer 3 packs with 36.99
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diweidi wrote: Costco is selling smart dimmer 3 packs with 36.99
Inferior product. See the RFD thread on it.
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diweidi wrote: Costco is selling smart dimmer 3 packs with 36.99
Costco sells these.
See the reviews, horrible, I am returning them all to be replaced with the TP-Link Kasa ones on this post.
Issues I had with the Costco one: Flickering, Buzzing noise, and 3 out of 9 stopped dimming after a few months. Just good to be used as a smart switch to me.
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PostDate1 wrote: Costco sells these.
See the reviews, horrible, I am returning them all to be replaced with the TP-Link Kasa ones on this post.
Issues I had with the Costco one: Flickering, Buzzing noise, and 3 out of 9 stopped dimming after a few months. Just good to be used as a smart switch to me.
The earlier versions of the FEIT switches you could flash tasmota on it OTA but they blocked it with an update about 1 year ago, Could still try with costco if it doesnt work just return it =p.

On a side note, I have installed 3 x HS220 dimmers so far, and have 1 switch that is buzzing. You cannot hear it unless you put your ear against it, I dont think it is normal, is it a defective unit?
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i dont know why everybody is crying about the costco ones, i have no less than 12 in my house and theyre solid, dimmer, 3 way, and cheaper.
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derekc85 wrote: The earlier versions of the FEIT switches you could flash tasmota on it OTA but they blocked it with an update about 1 year ago, Could still try with costco if it doesnt work just return it =p.
The Feit switches at Costco are crap. Even if you managed to get Tasmota installed, it doesn't work very well.

If you want some Tasmota friendly switches, Amazon has a two pack of Gosund for 25.90$, no tax after coupon. Reports indicate these still work with Tuya Convert

amazon-ca-2-pack-gosund-wifi-light-swit ... x-2461970/
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T3rry wrote: i dont know why everybody is crying about the costco ones, i have no less than 12 in my house and theyre solid, dimmer, 3 way, and cheaper.
Someone explains why just 2 posts above yours. But if a product where 90% of the people say it's cheap works for you, keep buying them. This thread is about a decent quality product at a fair price though.
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slade wrote: My home assistant works great with my kasa devices; i even have my ring door contacts set as sensors to turn lights on/off; no delay for me.

I also have then set with their ip in my configuration and sent static for dhcp. Only issue i have sometimes is when i restart ha the odd outdoor plug wont enable - usual to one more restart fixes it. Once they are online they are good.

2 dimmers; 4 3-ways; 4 normal and 3 outdoor;
Mine works great with them as well, but I can't use their status as an automation trigger without delay (do something after turning the switch on) as it seems their status doesn't instant update. My Lutron Caseta switches on the other hand are pretty much instant updates when I turn them on/off. The TPLink ones respond quickly to other triggers though (i.e. a door open/close sensor or motion sensor).
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bostonontario wrote: I agree! Awesome but just sure you have neutrals in the location. I recently made this mistake and had to return a 3 way and some dimmers.
I had the same problem and had to add Lutron Caseta devices to my ecosystem.
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So I've got 2 Costco dimmers, a whole whack of Costco smart plugs (same brand as dimmers), 2 Lutron Caseta dimmers (because the switches I wanted them on didn't have neutral wires), and a whole whack of 3-way and single pole TP-Link switches and smart plugs, all connected to Alexa.

The most finicky ones are the Costco ones. Periodically I have to reset set them as they stop working via Alexa. TP-Link I've only had to reset when I ran out of slots on my wireless network and did something I should've done all along: split out two wireless networks - 2.4 GHz and 5GHz. TP-Link ones will work fine on 5GHz networks, where as the Costco ones I bought absolutely need to be on the 2.4 Ghz network.

The Lutron ones are a recent addition, but so far they've been solid.

That's been my experience so far.
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Dec 21, 2012
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I honestly like to use the the 3-way switch (HS210) even in single pole applications. There's only one wire that needs to be connected via marrettes on the HS210 vs all the wires on the HS200. It makes it easier to fit into the electrical box, especially if you are installing into a multigang switch box.
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leafsfanatic wrote: If anyone is interested in using these with Home Assistant, know that they don't instantly report status changes. So if you turn one on, there can be a significant delay before the status change is sent to HA. I tried to link my basement lights with my porch lights like this, and would often end up downstairs in the dark before the status change was processed and the lights were turned on from the automation. But if you want to do everything through the Kasa app these are solid.
Weird I had them in my last house and it was instant, maybe your wifi signal is weak?

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