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    Wifi plugs

    Hi guys can any one give me any info on these things
    Want to run lights on garage with them some thing like the
    TP-Link p100 plugs into socket and plug goes into it then you can
    Use your phone to turn on and off all advice welcome

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    I fitted Kasa Smart Plugs.

    Cannot fault them
    Remember anything you read on the internet was probably written by some guy sitting at home in his underpants! Including this !!

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    Cheers what kind of range do you get with them

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    They are in the house. I have them on a 2.4ghz network so better range than the 5ghz network.

    If you can get wifi in your garage you will be able to connect from anywhere through the app
    Remember anything you read on the internet was probably written by some guy sitting at home in his underpants! Including this !!

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    Cheers will get some then

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    I’ve got Gosund ones, £19.99 on amazon for two, work from my phone and via google home voice command, they’re cracking

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    If you can, buy some that operate on the Zigbee or preferably Z-wave network protocol. Z wave is an independent wireless network to your normal wifi. It doesn't interfere or leave any security holes in your IP network. It self-reinforces so the more devices you have, the more repeaters you have in the network. Once you have the initial 'hub' (eg. Samsung Smarthings v3) set up, you can just keep adding devices and they will all be compatible through the single interface. You can then begin to set simple automation. e.g. when presence is detected and it's nighttime, turn on light. Turn off automatically after 5mins etc. When garage temperature drops below 5degC, turn on heater etc. 'Alexa turn off all the lights'

    It seems like a lot of initial expense (eg. £80 for hub, £40 for each z wave sensor/plug rather than £20 for a single wifi plug) but you do not end up with separate apps for each device that will not integrate with each other properly.

    We have started to add z-wave switches & sensors to each room as we renovate the house. I'm looking forward to the day we can get the z wave 'big red button' and i can just turn everything off and lock all the doors as I leave the house

    https://www.fibaro.com/en/products/the-button/

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    I used some Netgear Powerline ones a while back and it was pretty successful until we got an Amazon Firestick that's wifi only so I bit the bullet and upgraded us to wifi throughout.
    My Netgear Home Theatre Internet Connection kit is current;y on eBay starting at £5 with £4.50 p&p.

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    I second Steve's Z-Wave recommendation, we have some plugs, some light switches and some TRVs.

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    Bought one top tplink one it works fine so will probably get a couple more
    Cheers for all the advice


 

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