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[Costco] Charging Essentials Wi-Fi Smart Plug x 2 $18.99/Smart Dimmer Switch x 2 $39.99

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I just picked up a 2-pack of the smart plugs, at the Costco in Dartmouth (NS), for $10. Might have been $9.97.
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Do the smart plugs monitor wattage usage?

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coulombemr wrote:
Apr 30th, 2019 5:40 am
I just picked up a 2-pack of the smart plugs, at the Costco in Dartmouth (NS), for $10. Might have been $9.97.
I'm in Hali before I drive into Darkness how many were left ?
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rs97ap wrote:
Apr 26th, 2019 6:23 pm
I installed 2 of these switches in multi-gang and both are buzzing when dimmed.
When the lights are at 100% - there is no buzzing.

Just wondering if this is normal or should I get those replaced?
yydd4567 wrote:
Apr 29th, 2019 11:21 am
Normal...happens on all of mine (many installed.)

Even some of my normal non wifi dimmers buzz. The one wifi dimmer that doesn't buzz is Belkin WeMo. But again the WeMo, TP-LINK switches are better quality. You get what you pay for.
glee wrote:
Apr 29th, 2019 11:49 am
It did on some of my lights. When install with most of the LED, it did not buzz, but it does with all of the traditional "energy saving" fluorescent.
rs97ap wrote:
Apr 29th, 2019 12:50 pm
Understood. I don't have any problem with the buzz as long as it is not a malfunction.
I have 5 of these installed and not one has a buzz that I could tell, dimmed or not. I have all LEDs (A19s or potlights). When I had a non smart dimmer switch with older LEDs or compact florescents, I used to have a buzz. It's likely not the switches, it's likely your bulbs. Try changing some and see if the buzz disappears.
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Just installed 3 of the dimmer switches. I'm giving it a few days to see if they're working okay before installing more. So far so good - quite happy with them. I bought Lifx bulbs at first, but decided to go smart switches - better because you can physically turn then on/off, with app and with voice if connected to AI speakers. Works well with both Alexa and Google home. If you have the options, put them on a separate network.

No buzzing sound, but the lights sometimes flicker, which from what I read does happen even with 'dumb'-dimmers - liked to hear of any flickering issues and solutions.
Overall quite happy with these.
But now I'm locking for a 3-way smart switches. Any suggestions?

--- update---
I'm having issues with dimming from the CE app and google home. From 30% to 100% the brightness is pretty much the same. Brightness really only changes from 10% to 30%, anything under 10% is too dim to even tell if it's on. But the physical switch seems to give you better control.
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This is a bit confusing but I hope someone might understand and have the answers.

Some say it’s better to connect the plugs to a different network, such as guest network, for security reasons.
However, I also have multiple google home to give me voice control.
And the google home has to be on the same wifi as my phone in order for my phone to control it with the home app.
So if I connect all the plugs to guest network, and google home to my main network, will google home be able to see all the plugs? (I assume yes because it’s just linking the Smartlife account to my google account?)
Or, is it possible to put all the smart home products to the guest network including the google home? Is there a way I can still control devices and music in google home app through my phone?

TIA
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So if I connect all the plugs to guest network, and google home to my main network, will google home be able to see all the plugs?
Yes, both google home and alexa devices will be able to see and control the switches even if they are on a network other than your AI devices, as long as they both are connected to the internet - I have the same setup. The switches connect to the CE server and you will be linking your CE account with google assistant. But if you put your google home on a network other than your phone, you might have issues casting - I know for chromecast it does, haven't tried with google home.
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As some other posters mentioned, these are 14.99 at the Burnaby Willingdon location when I went by today. However, it looks like the "regular" price is $19.99 with the $5 off. Didn't catch the expiration date of the sale price however.
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I’m pretty sure it does
After some research I think the best way is to put all smart products to a second network, google home and Alexa on main network.

Right now I put everything to the same network. Smart plugs in 2.4 and phone and other stuff all in 5G. The 2.4G is super slow if I accidentally connected my phone to it lol
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NowJoJo wrote:
Apr 30th, 2019 7:41 am
Do the smart plugs monitor wattage usage?

Thanks!
No it doesn't.

Also, Markham and 14th Ave has it down for $14.99 as of yesterday.
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