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# 247726 19-Feb-2019 10:44
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I need to buy a new timer plug for something so I thought I should go with a smart plug, as I may ant to control it remotely in the future. The only one I've seen at a sensible price is the TP-Link smart plug - are there any others around? Has anyone used the TP-Link one?


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  # 2183513 19-Feb-2019 11:04
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I have a Belkin Wemo insight smart plug you can have for $40 shipped. It's in as new condition about 18 months old. PM if interested





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  # 2183533 19-Feb-2019 11:30
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A guy at work has one of the tp link ones I think.  He's not overly techincal, but thinks it's pretty good.  Obviously it's tied to the tp link cloud...so I;m unsure if there's local control if there cloud is down, and/or any security issues that make arise for a cloud connected device.

 

But it's one of the mainstream available devices (ie nz brick and mortar store) that is certified.  There are zwave ones, but when they're about $100 + the controller (another $100) + software, it's not a great option for a one off.

 

 





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  # 2183569 19-Feb-2019 12:35
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I have used the TP-Link power plugs, they work well with the TP-Link software but I had issues with the Google Home integration, they kept dropping off and had to be reset.


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  # 2183863 19-Feb-2019 18:39
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 I got the cheaper TP-Link (they sell 2 different versions) on special about two weeks ago from Noel Leeming when they had them down to $40. It seems to work well with Alexa - just download the Kasa app for your phone and integrate it into Alexa Skills. 

 

 


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  # 2183880 19-Feb-2019 19:15
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TP-Links work for me.


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  # 2183961 19-Feb-2019 20:25
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TP-link one works great, and has never dropped off like others have suggested.

Took advice from someone here and and bought two Orvibo ones - total waste of money.

 
 
 
 


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  # 2183967 19-Feb-2019 20:34
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TP-link for me here also. More stable than Wemo. $38 from Noel Leeming was a sharp price! 





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  # 2184008 19-Feb-2019 22:37
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Still so many inconsiderate designers of these things out there making them wider than outlet spacing.





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  # 2202770 21-Mar-2019 10:47
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The TP-Link plugs are on sale at Noel Leeming again today - $38


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  # 2277967 16-Jul-2019 22:53
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I’m looking at getting WiFi plugs to able able to turn on an amp or two remotely; Google Home support is critical.

It seems most people can get the TP Link HS100s working with Google Home so I’m looking at these, but I’m also wondering whether any of the Chinese-sourced plugs (EBay, Ali) are viable but cheaper alternatives. Here’s an example, noting one advantage is it’s also much more compact than those available here:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Mini-RGB-LED-Wifi-Smart-Plug-Socket-Outlet-Adaptor-Amazon-Alexa-Google-Home-10A/233279355509?var=532781684373

Does anyone have experience with such Chinese-sourced plugs, or have particular models they would recommend? Or is it recommended to stick to NZ-sourced plugs?

Similarly, in terms of smart bulbs (WiFi, ideally no Hub), are there any good value Ali/eBay sourced models that actually work well and produce decent quality light?

Thanks in advance.

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  # 2278036 17-Jul-2019 07:29
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For anyone in the Wellington region I have 6-8 Belkin Wemo smart plugs and 2-3 Elgato Eve Energy switch's.  Open to any offers as they are sitting unused.


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  # 2278042 17-Jul-2019 07:56
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I have a few of these, they work well for me.


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  # 2278053 17-Jul-2019 08:26
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I have some brand new TP-Link HS100 ($40 each x3) & HS110 ($50 each x3) units if anyone is interested.
Still in their sealed boxes.

 

I thought I would use them myself but haven't found a need for them.


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  # 2278157 17-Jul-2019 10:02
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peejayw:

 

I have a few of these, they work well for me.

 

 

Thanks for that, @peejayw - can you confirm if they work well with Google Home? (I know the listing says they are compatible, but I'm not particularly trusting of eBay descriptions!)

 

Are there any risks or problems associated with buying such devices as opposed to the say the TP-Link units?


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