Dip your toes into the 21st Century
Maybe you have been thinking about trying to make your life a little “smarter”, but don’t want to spend the time researching the difference between Zigbee and Zwave. Maybe you just want something that works. Here are some products to get you started that won’t break the bank. These also happen to make excellent stocking stuffers for those of you interested in dipping your toes into IoT for the Holidays!
This is probably the best place for someone to start – the Wemo® Switch offers the simplest integration: just download an app, point it to the right WiFi, and you can turn on and off an outlet (1 socket) with the flip of a Wemo® Switch. The Switch also lets you set rules to control the device and this combination makes the Switch versatile, allowing it to turn on and off your indoor holiday lights at certain hours of the day or that space heater you always forget about.
There are some drawbacks – the Wemo® Switch app looks pretty dated on Android and isn’t the most stable and the plastic encasing will almost always block the entire outlet.
Tips for tinkerers:
Even though you can always use IFTTT or SmartThings hub to interact with a Wemo® Switch, it’s nice to know you can have a bit more control. An unofficial Python API allows you to set up a small server and interact with switches on your terms.