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Smart plug/outlet recommendation

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[OP]
Sr. Member
Feb 14, 2005
825 posts
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Toronto

Smart plug/outlet recommendation

Well, I'm tired of reaching around furniture to turn lamps and Christmas lights on/off, so it's time to get some smart plugs, so I can be an even bigger couch potato!

Please post recommendations for reasonably priced plugs that can be controlled via an Android and iOS app. Looking for something like these Belkin Wemo plugs, but I'm hoping not to spend $50 per plug as I need at least 5, but willing to hear your experience.

Thanks!
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Member
Jun 18, 2008
350 posts
107 upvotes
Calgary
I just purchased what you are looking for in Home Depot. They don't list it on-line, so i can't give you direct link. In Christmas section you can find outdoor (works indoor too, just doesn't look nice if it's not hidden) Wi-Fi outlet/programmable timer branded as ECO. It goes for $29.98. In Calgary, some Home Depots have boxes and boxes of them, some are out of stock. They are controlled via iOS or Android App (https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... ab.unlimit).

You can find it on-line, like amazon.ca, but it's priced much higher under different brand name (http://www.amazon.ca/Woods-50049-Outdoo ... B00ZYLQZEK). Identical product otherwise. They are all made by KAB Enterprise Co. (http://www.kab-cable.com/product_descri ... hp?PNo=470).

Anyway, that's the cheapest one I was able to find, but I was looking for outdoor version.
[OP]
Sr. Member
Feb 14, 2005
825 posts
40 upvotes
Toronto
Thanks! I'll go check it out. Does this one work on its own through an app, or does it need a hub like Wink etc.? I'm not sure I want to commit to a hub or a single eco-system for my home automation at this point.
Member
Jun 18, 2008
350 posts
107 upvotes
Calgary
Nope. Doesn't need any hub. You control it from app directly.
[OP]
Sr. Member
Feb 14, 2005
825 posts
40 upvotes
Toronto
I just picked these up. Nice a simple setup!
I'm just wondering how is the security of these devices. The app logs into my router and makes the device accessible through cloud, which means that my network security can be vulnerable through this device.

Hmm... not that I'm paranoid, but it seems if these devices are hacked, many home networks can be compromised.

So far, I like it's simplicity, but I can't use the electricity meter, the app says this device does not support this function. :(
Member
Jun 18, 2008
350 posts
107 upvotes
Calgary
"Cloud" is somewhat misnomer in this context. It refers to your home Wi-Fi network, not Internet. Devices are available via app only as long as you are connected to your home network. You can't walk away. App will not find them (at least it does not find them when I'm not connected to home network).

This model does not have electricity meter. Only "advanced" model does, but I was not able to find that one in store.

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