Smart Home

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Wouldn’t it be great to find your room chilled to your desired temperature when you enter home after being baked in the sun all day long? Also, imagine controlling your home appliance and lightings simply using a Smartphone. This may sound like a sci-fi fantasy till a few years back.

1.Smarteefi 3 In 1 Smart Plug

It looks like any regular three socket power strip. What makes it different is the power to control it remotely. All three sockets once connected to the Wi-Fi can be controlled remotely either using a browser or the dedicated app. The sockets can take load up to 1.6A. Apart from remotely controlling, you can also set individual time schedule time for each of the plugs to switch on and off at a preset time. If you happen to be in the same Wi-Fi network as that of the smart plug, you actually don’t require internet to control them. If you opt for the notification, the app notifies you every time an individual switch in the strip is switched ON or OFF.

What’s good.

  1. A well-executed idea, cheap and affordable product for home automation.
  2. Works on Wi-Fi, so no subscription charges unless you opt for the Alexa support
  3. Supports Alexa if you want to add an assistant to your control.
  4. Simple and easy to configure.
  5. Aptly priced considering three sockets in a single unit.

What could be improved

  1. A storage battery– the scheduled time is stored on a remote server so you may need an internet connection for the scheduled power option to work.
  2. A subscription fee after 6 months if you want the Alexa integration.
  3. The switches look little outdated and flimsy for an IoT product

 

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2 OakterBasic Smart Home Kit

The Oakter Basic Smart Home Kit Come in a pack containing 2 plugs and a Wi-Fi hub to control them. One of the plugs can take load up to 6.6kw for appliances like geyser/AC/Pump. The second plug has a rating of 6A/2Kw for lighter use. The plugs can be controlled using an application which is available on Android as well as ios. The build quality of the plugs is premium and feels solid in hand. Alexa integration adds to the fun with the ability to control any device using voice command. The product is designed and manufactured in India in case Chinese products irks you

 

What’s good.

  1. Hassle-free installation.
  2. Surge protection to ensure your connected device stays protected.
  3. Adaptable to voice commands using Alexa.
  4. Works on W-Fi, no monthly carrier subscription charges.
  5. Ability to schedule the plugs to operate at preset times.
  6. A good customer service team for quick issue resolution.
  7. A user-friendly Smartphone App

What could be improved

  1. 1.Wi-Fi Range – Some user has reported issues with Wi-Fi range.
  2. The unit has no physical switches (sometimes it makes more sense to switch on/off the devices manually rather than reaching for the phone.

 

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3.Betty Smartplug

If you want to get a little peaky and a tinge of surveillance to your smart plug, then meet “Betty the Smart Plug”. Unlike its peer, Betty works on GSM connection. This unique feature makes it portable and easy to carry around without being shackled to a Wi-Fi network as with other Smart plugs. Betty comes with a scheduler on board. There is an option to track the power consumption of the connected device by entering the power rating in the App. What sets Betty apart is a motion sensor attachment which shoots out a message to your registered number in case an intrusion is detected. The motion detector is an add-on accessory that can be mounted on the original device.

 

What’s Good.

  1. Can take load up to 16A, caters even to the heavier appliances.
  2. Works on GSM, portable and saves set up time, Just plug and play
  3. Motion detector increases the overall utility of the device.
  4. Monitors the power consumption of the connected device.

What could be improved

  1. Works on GSM, reliant on carrier network coverage for operation. Wi-Fi compatibility along with the GSM will make usage possible in areas with shady network
  2. Subscription fee after the free one-year usage.

 

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