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[Costco] CE smart home wifi smart outlet 2 pack $9.97

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migotist wrote: Bought a bunch last month when this was on sale for the same price. Only one socket can be controlled by wifi. And the 3 blue LED light is annoying in a bed room . It is 2.4Ghz. Thats all the negatives that I can find . Otherwise great price
Hi , I bought couple in Edmonton to try. Any good Place you used this for?
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Jun 4, 2012
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rupendra76 wrote: Hi , I bought couple in Edmonton to try. Any good Place you used this for?
Under the eves with an outdoor outlet cover to control your Christmas lights
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Poutinemaster wrote: It is a good thing if it is on 2.4ghz as the range of that one is wider than the 5ghz range and it keeps the 5ghz channel free which is the fastest of the two. Normally these devices exchange only a few kilobytes of data anyways... on / off / timer settings / checking if the outlet is reachable by your Android/Alexa/Apple ecosystem...
Coming to think of it , thats actually a plus point. thanks pointing that out.
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rupendra76 wrote: Hi , I bought couple in Edmonton to try. Any good Place you used this for?
I use them to control my laptop and phone charging time using smartlife app timer. Another on to control my TV - switching it off without my daughter seeing me touch the remote (:-) she is 5 and believes that TV knows when to switch off by itself). Since you have bought them I am sure you will find some use cases :-)
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I also bought one these. Can't go wrong at 2 plugs for $9.97

Its just a couple dollars more then a regular dumb plug.

A regular dumb plug at Home Depot is $2.69 and a decora plate for it is $1.07.

This works out to a $1.22 each extra for the smart features. No brainer for me
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Oct 3, 2012
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Good price, good switch. Only these will protect your circuit breaker buy burning out before the circuit breaker can trip. So be sure not to run 15 amps through these.
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Alexandero2 wrote: I interpreted the OP as Costco selling the 2-pack and that the OP bought 2 of them (so matching the listing). Unless that's not the case (has someone seen these inside GTA area Costcos?)

Also, are you speculating on the Amazon seller's supply source or is there a way to see that?
Costco sells a two-pack. OP bought two packs of two, so four total. He's using the Amazon listing as a comparison point for pricing.

If you look at the Amazon listing, you can see the Costco item number above the barcode in the bottom right of each photo. On the second photo (the back of the packaging), you can see "Imported by Costco Wholesale Canada" next to the barcode.
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If you haven’t used these before, smart plugs are more versatile because they can be easily moved. These outlets are typically permanent ideas. So if you decide to move the Christmas tree across the room this year, it’s easier if a smart plug is attached to it vs uninstalling the outlet to go across the room.
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AncasterRFD wrote: If you haven’t used these before, smart plugs are more versatile because they can be easily moved. These outlets are typically permanent ideas. So if you decide to move the Christmas tree across the room this year, it’s easier if a smart plug is attached to it vs uninstalling the outlet to go across the room.
Yeah these are only good for permanent fixtures.
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AncasterRFD wrote: If you haven’t used these before, smart plugs are more versatile because they can be easily moved. These outlets are typically permanent ideas. So if you decide to move the Christmas tree across the room this year, it’s easier if a smart plug is attached to it vs uninstalling the outlet to go across the room.
Very true.

This is for things like central vacs (if you use extra cheap hoses without control wire), or maybe... pool water heater/filter.
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For those who may be interested in replacing the stock Tuya firmware with Tasmota, I can confirm that it can be done with tuya-convert (I used a Raspberry Pi to act as the AP for tuya-convert; couldn't get it to work with a laptop and Ubuntu and the docker version of tuya-convert).

I was concerned that the outlet might already contain Tuya's latest firmware (which thwarts tuya-convert). However, it's compatible with tuya-convert. Just don't use the CE app (which may update the outlet's firmware and render it incompatible with tuya-convert).

The Tasmota template for this model of outlet can be found here:
https://templates.blakadder.com/ce_smar ... Q-2W3.html
{"NAME":"LITESUN","GPIO":[0,0,0,0,157,17,0,0,21,0,0,0,0],"FLAG":0,"BASE":18}
FWIW, the blue LEDs are quite bright. If you want a nightlight, this outlet can probably serve as one. If you don't want a nightlight, this outlet's LEDs might prove to be annoying. You could cover them with tape. However, there will be some light-leakage because its white plastic body acts as a diffuser.

On a separate note, the Feit Smart Dimmer switches sold at Costco are also inexpensive (regular price is 3 for ~$39) but the latest version is no longer compatible with tuya-convert. Some people have tried to use the old-school method (where you open the device, connect wires to the appropriate pins, and flash it with Tasmota) only to discover that one of the pins (GPIO0) is located under the chip. To get access to it, you must de-solder the chip from the board. All this to say, it's probably far more work than even the average home automation hobbyist is willing to invest.

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