|Product Dimensions||2.2 x 2.2 x 1 inches|
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|Size||2.3 in x 2.3 in x 1.2 in|
|Color||Generation 1 - Black case, White semi-opaque lid|
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Hook - Smart Home Hub for Remote Control Outlets, Works with Alexa and Google Home
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- REMOTELY control Etekcity and similar remote control outlets (433MHz frequency) with the iOS, Android and PC App
- VOICE control with Alexa and Google Home (official native support is now live). Amazon Echo and Google Home are sold separately
- Works with IFTTT to make simple rules for automating routine tasks
- For the tinkerers: Open API allows easy integration with other services
- Included in the box: Hook smart home hub, USB Adapter, Cable and Quick-start guide
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* REMOTELY control Etekcity and similar remote control outlets (433MHz frequency) with the iOS, Android and PC App * VOICE control with Alexa. Google Home works via IFTTT currently, official support coming late-summer 2017. Alexa and Google Home are sold separately * Works with IFTTT to make simple rules for automating routine tasks * For the tinkerers: Open API allows easy integration with other services not officially supported yet (Home-Assistant.io, Homekit, Smarthings). See the setup section on the website for more details * Included in the box: Hook smart home hub, USB Adapter, Cable and Quick-start guide
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Hook is a clever way to get a smarter home - without breaking the bank! Smart outlets typically cost about $40. If you want to control three lamps, a space heater, and the holiday lights - a total of 5 devices - remotely with an App or with Alexa, you will be spending $40 x 5 = $200. Instead, you can be smart and buy a 5-pack of remote control outlets from Amazon for just $30 and the Hook hub for $50 and get the same premium smart home functionality for just $80! That's smart home on a budget.
iOS, Android and PC Web app
Control your lights and appliances remotely with the device of your choice. You can also group devices by room to control all-at-once and share selected devices with family and friends. You will soon be able to make custom scenes for even finer control (ETA: Sept 2017)
Make smart rules with IFTTT
Automate routine tasks like holiday lights or make smart rules like "when space station passes over me, turn on my table lamp" with the simplicity and power of IFTTT (IF THIS, THEN THAT)
Voice control with Alexa and Google Home
Just Ask Alexa or call out 'Hey Google' to turn ON/OFF your Hook devices. Alexa-enabled device and Google Home are sold separately
Simple installation. Reliable performance. No monthly fees.
Because Hook works with the very common remote control outlets, there’s no complicated setup. Our App is simple and intuitive. If you get stuck, we have tons of helpful videos and our support team is eager to help out. Hook works over WiFi and is powered by the trusty Particle.io P1 platform (another Kickstarter success), so you can count on Hook to be always connected to the internet. And with no monthly fees, Hook makes smart home even more affordable. Just plug it in using the supplied cable and adapter, connect to your home’s WiFi, add the devices, and you’re good to go.
Long range. Multiple outlets.
A single Hook hub works for most homes (3000 sq. ft or less, multi-level ok). If you have a bigger space, you can add more than one Hook and they will all work together seamlessly. We will never limit how many outlets or devices you can add to Hook, but there is a practical limit of 18-20 outlets beyond which remotes may overlap and cause multiple outlets to respond at once. If this happens, reach out to us and we would love to help.
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We are young startup from Seattle. Robert is the business guy. Max is our beloved product designer. Ani is the software guru and Rahil handles the hardware design. Each of us are from different backgrounds and we hold a shared purpose to enable a smart(er) home that is affordable and sustainable.
Clever, reliable, and affordable
As students at the University of Washington, we never had the budget to spend hundreds of dollars on a smart home. And there are a lot of people like us who either don't have the luxury to spend that kind of money or are just starting out on their smart home journey and want to test the waters before they commit. Hook is the answer for them as much as it is for us. Because Hook uses a clever and innovative take on this new technology, we are proud to offer a premium smart home experience at an affordable price.
Hook is different - because it's a clever approach to smart home. Most smart home companies want to restrict the consumers to their own offerings. With Hook, we have opened the ecosystem to everything that is RF remote controlled and works at the supported frequency. This allows Hook to work with remote-controlled bulb sockets, LED strip dimmers, outdoor lights, projector screens and many more. You can find a list of compatible devices on the product website.
We love to hear from our customers. If you have any feedback, suggestions or questions, please let us know. We are fast and responsive as one reviewer puts it "So, these guys are open to suggestions and are not snooty and removed from their customers....very refreshing in this day and age! Great device!" If you are overall happy with the product and service, please share your experience with fellow customers. Since this smart home approach is so groundbreaking, often new users rely on customer reviews to make an informed decision or make the most out of their purchases.
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I live in multi level 2,000 sq ft house and I have 1 hook that is centrally located, 15 outlets from etekcity, and a 30mbps wifi network. I run mostly apple products and recently hard wired the connection between an airport base station and two airport expresses that I use to extend the network. This gives me pretty even coverage through the house.
I started by purchasing 5 of the recommended outlets from Amazon. I ordered the hook directly from them before it was offered on Amazon and received it in a few days. While I was waiting to receive it, I read about the echo integration on their blog and got it set up. Within 10 minutes of unboxing it, I was up and running with 5 devices, and voice activation works perfectly.
The first step is getting the outlets added to the hook, and you do that by programming the remote to the hook so it knows what on-off signal to send for each outlet.
Once that's done, you have to go to the Amazon echo and discover smart devices. Once it runs through that, it should discover every outlet that is set up on hook. THIS IS WHERE THE FUN BEGINS! You can set up groups through the echo so you can control multiple outlets with a single command. You can set these up through the hook app as well, but the groups there won't work with voice control through the echo.
THIS IS WHERE THINGS STARTED TO GET TRICKY....
I was so happy with how it worked, I ordered 10 more outlets! Once they arrived, I started going through the same process of adding them to the hook and then to the echo. This is where I started running into problems. I didn't realize at first, but one of the 5-packs of outlets I received was coded the same as the first 5 I bought. So even though I added them separately, the signal overlapped and one command would control 2 or more lights. Luckily, the outlets are re-programable, so I contacted etekcity, and they were wonderful to deal with. They shipped me several extra remotes for free that I used to reprogram some of the outlets. IT WORKED!!!.... Kind of.
Each remote has 5 on & off buttons. After a lot of trial and error, I realized that between all the remotes I have (probably around 10), there was a LOT of overlap. Long story short - I could only control about 12-13 outlets individually. There were some buttons on the remote that would control several also. I'm still working on getting this 100% functional for all 15 but right now I have 12 running with no problems.
FAST FORWARD A FEW MONTHS.....
The only issue I'm having is that on occasion, the commands don't work. Inhavent gotten to the root of the problem yet. For example, I can say "Alexa! Turn on bedroom lights" and it will turn on both of our lamps. Then when I go to turn them off, only one outlet turns off. Sometimes neither will turn off. I think Alexa just wants to spite me sometimes. My backup is to go through the hook app and turn it off that way. Sometimes it works, other times it doesn't.
This didn't start happening for a few months, and I'm wondering if it's not wifi related. Overall, it doesn't happen enough that it's a deal breaker.
THE NEXT LEVEL OF CONTROL involves IFTTT integration. If you aren't familiar, google it. Through the maker channel, you can start to automate and have a lot more control of your devices. For example, I have one outlet that controls some landscape lighting outside. I made an IFTTT formula so it will come on around sunset and turn off around sunrise. This works flawlessly!!! I have had no issues at all once this was setup. There is someone developing a companion to IFTTT to be able to program multiple triggers/events which I am hoping to utilize soon for even more control. I have several recipes created to automate certain lights around the house, and some are even controlled based upon the GPS on my phone.
OVERALL, I'm thrilled to have a lot of the smart home features and for 15 outlets and the hook my total investment was under $120. That is such a great bargain! The echo integration and IFTTT are what separates this from other outlets and really gives you a lot of possibilities. The team at hook have done a great job so far. I would love to see a model in the future that could be wired with Ethernet which could potentially make it more reliable. The front led flashes when you give a command, and although I've heard people complain about its brightness, I don't find it too bright at all. Maybe they've adjusted that, but it's perfect. The usb plug makes it stick out from the wall a bit, and they chose that to help keep the cost down, but I would pay more for one that plugged in directly and looked a little sleeker.
Sorry for he long winded post, but hopefully this will help.
I will continue to update this review as I find answers to the issues I'm having and any new features that I find!
couple of suggestions on the dashboard it would be great if it would show whether the device you are a controlling is on or off occasionally it's a little buggy. Example once you've turned it on Via Alexa or through the dashboard you get confirmation but the device doesn't actually come on or off depending on your command workaround is to do it several times to ensure the behavior you requested actually completed. Tech support is spot-on they respond quickly and follow up I recommend this device
I thought I'd put a update, I have about 100 "things" runing off my Smartthings. This Hook Hub is the most reliable thing In my whole house. Definitely 5 STARS!!
I also own several Lifx smart bulbs that cost $60-$80 each and can be controlled by voice command through Alexa without owning any hub whatsoever. The voice command "Alexa, turn on kitchen lamp" works exactly the same whether I put an expensive Lifx smart bulb in the lamp or plug the lamp (with a regular "dumb" light bulb) into a $5 Etekcity outlet that I've paired with the Hook hub. If I use a Lifx smart bulb, I can control the lamp by Alexa voice command or via the Lifx app itself. If I use an Etekcity outlet and Hook hub, I can control the lamp by Alexa voice command OR via the Hook app OR by manually clicking on the remote control that came with the Etekcity outlets initially. The reason I like having this third option is because not everybody carries a smartphone on them all the time when hanging at home to be able to use an app and to use the Alexa voice command, people have to know the name of the lamp you're trying to control (for instance, you need to know and remember that my kitchen lamp is named "kitchen lamp". If you say "Alexa, turn on that lamp" or "Alexa, turn on lamp" or "Alexa, turn it on", Alexa will not do what you want her to do). Having a physical remote control on hand that turns on/off the lamp is incredibly helpful, especially if you have guests that probably won't remember the naming conventions of all of your home smart devices and you probably don't want to have full app control and access!
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