Can you get smart-plugs that don't need an app? Can you get smart-plugs that don't need an app?
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    Default Can you get smart-plugs that don't need an app?

    I'm grudgingly coming round to the idea that some of these IoT gadgets are actually quite neat. But one bug-bear is every single smart-plug or whatever wants you to install its own (cr)App. You can typically control them once installed via Google et al, but I don't want cruddy apps everywhere. And while we're at it, I dislike the idea that sat on my sofa, a command to turn a light on requires a round-trip to the internet.

    Can you get products that avoid one or both of these irks? I assume in time some sort of standards will emerge, I know some product ranges use hubs but then the hub needs an app and none of these platforms seem very mature so chances are by the time you want to add another plug, the hub is outdated.

    Must be some gadgety types here who have embraced this properly?

    edit: this seems a good starting point: Smart plugs no App required? : amazonecho

    I hadn't thought that everything needs a roundtrip via the manufacturer's server as well... that just sounds a nightmare with all these dozens of copycat factories churning this stuff out.
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    I refuse to have any of that crud in my place. I find it all way too creepy and don't think the convenience is a good enough sell.

    If there was a system that used your internal network and didn't go outside for anything then I'd consider it but I don't believe any such thing exists. Gap in the market perhaps?

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    I am a big IoT fan and have umpteen devices in the house.

    I use a Smart Plug to control a (standard) reading lamp in the living room and it works with any Amazone Echo device (it doesn't require a smart hub).

    TP-Link Tapo Smart Plug Wi-Fi Outlet, Works with Amazon Alexa (Echo and Echo Dot), Google Home, Wireless Smart Socket, Remote Control Timer Switch, Device Sharing, No Hub Required (Tapo P100): Amazon.co.uk: DIY & Tools

    One of these will do the job.
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    Options:
    1. Get up off the sofa and switch it on manually. No App required.
    2. Not a remote control power switch
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    Quote Originally Posted by WTFH View Post
    Options:
    1. Get up off the sofa and switch it on manually. No App required.
    2. Not a remote control power switch
    I was so hoping that would be a link to a long stick

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    Quote Originally Posted by ladymuck View Post
    I was so hoping that would be a link to a long stick

    You mean it's not?
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    Quote Originally Posted by WTFH View Post
    You mean it's not?
    Maybe it's long to you, but not to LM!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scruff View Post
    I am a big IoT fan and have umpteen devices in the house.

    I use a Smart Plug to control a (standard) reading lamp in the living room and it works with any Amazone Echo device (it doesn't require a smart hub).

    TP-Link Tapo Smart Plug Wi-Fi Outlet, Works with Amazon Alexa (Echo and Echo Dot), Google Home, Wireless Smart Socket, Remote Control Timer Switch, Device Sharing, No Hub Required (Tapo P100): Amazon.co.uk: DIY & Tools

    One of these will do the job.
    You still have to install the TP Tapo app though (at least to setup). Granted I'd trust TP-Link a lot more than "Best Smort plug 3334" but still, aren't you reliant on TP's server? i.e. does a command go phone->google->TP->plug or does this one talk directly to Google?


    Quote Originally Posted by WTFH View Post
    Options:
    1. Get up off the sofa and switch it on manually. No App required.
    2. Not a remote control power switch
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