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iDevices Switch - WiFi Smart Plug w/ Energy Monitoring, No Hub Required, Works with Amazon Alexa
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- VOICE CONTROL: Works with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and Google Home for voice commands
- REMOTE ACCESS: Control and monitor electronics plugged into your iDevices Switch from anywhere, no hub required
- SCHEDULING: Create unlimited schedules to turn on an off your electronics based on your daily routine. Create a Scene to turn on multiple devices with one command
- ENERGY MONITORING: Monitor energy usage of any device plugged into the iDevices Switch with the free iDevices Connected app
- EASY SETUP: Download the iDevices Connected app, plug in the Switch, scan the unique code. No need to enter Wi-Fi network information.
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Connect Your Home With iDevices
Use Your Voice
The iDevices Switch works with Siri, Alexa and the Google Assistant, allowing you to control your home with the power of your voice.
Control From Anywhere
With the iDevices Connected app, you can control your electronics on the way home through secure, built-in cloud technology. No Apple TV required.
Personalized To Your Routine
Schedule your home to your daily and weekly routine and set scenes that fit your lifestyle.
Designed To Fit Everywhere
Switch's compact size, side outlet and sleek design fit the aesthetics of any room, without taking up two outlets.
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iDevices Switch Requirements
- Home Wi-Fi Network
- Free iDevices Connected App
- HomeKit requires an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 8.1 or later
- If you have an Apple TV (3rd generation or later), you can use Siri Control commands when you're away from home
- Supports Android devices with 4.3 or later. Requires Bluetooth Low Energy
- For use in U.S. and Canada Only
iDevices Connected App
Everything you love about your home, in one app
Connecting your home shouldn't be intimidating. The iDevices Connected app takes out the stress and makes it as simple as possible to control your home from anywhere.
- Works With All HomeKit Products
- Allows For Creation of Schedules and Scenes
- Customizable To Your Routine
- Access From Anywhere
- Download Through the App Store or Google Play
This easy to use connected plug allows you to control, monitor and schedule electronic appliances throughout your home using your iDevices Connected app along with an Android device, Siri, or Alexa voice commands.
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My original intent was to load up on smart plugs which worked with the Apple HomeKit setup, since it was an easy fit for my iPhone. I know from research that the products which are compatible with the HomeKit are more secure in the setup, which should make them more resistant to the hacker attacks we hear about in the news lately—home devices which connect with home wifi need to be secured or a hacker can take control of them and use them to bring down other computer servers.
Anyway, the first smart plugs I bought were from iHome, both the ISP5 and ISP6 models. I first used the iHome app for iOS to get them set up, and the process couldn’t have been easier. Each device has a unique identifier code, and can be added to one’s home system by simply using the phone’s camera to scan the ID code in the owner’s manual or on the side of the device. The latter concept is clearly Plan B, since it is much easier to add a plug to the system once it is in place in the wall socket.
The difference between the two models seems to be there is an optional wireless remote available for the ISP6 model, and the configuration of the reset button and operational lights is slightly different. Otherwise, they work the same and whichever you can find at the better price would be the better choice.
I have a total of four within my house and all have been rock-solid from the time they were set up and added to my iHome app.
The iHome plugs, though, have a straight-through design which makes the device’s plug (for the lamp, coffee maker, etc) extend that much further from the wall. In many cases, this might not be an issue, but in a few installs for me, it did matter.
For that reason, I tried the iDevices switch, which accepts the device’s plug on the side, instead of straight-through. This means I could hook up a table lamp which was on a piece of furniture which backed up to the wall outlet I needed to use. The iHome smart plug didn’t allow the cabinet to sit closely to the wall, after allowing for the space requirements for the iHome switch and the lamp cord plugged directly into it.
The iDevices switch was a little more trouble in allowing itself to be recognized by the iDevices iOS app. It does have an integrated LED bar on the front of the device, which is adjustable in the iDevices app for both color and brightness. There are some valid applications possible to use the plug as a nightlight in a room, providing just the right amount of color and intensity for the specific application you require.
Unfortunately, the iDevices smart plug plays hard to get and disappears from its own iOS app. When I folded both systems into the Home app on the iPhone, the iDevices plug often becomes invisible to the Home app, just as it does to its own app. The only remedy I have found is waiting, as it sometimes becomes linked again with the app in a matter of a minute or less, or closing an reopening the Home app.
I know this is not a unique problem to the iDevices smart plug I bought because I later bought the iDevices socket, which fits between your light bulb and the lamp socket it would screw into, which allows the iDevice socket to adjust the brightness of your bulb (assuming it is dimmable to begin with), and the color and intensity of a ring of LEDs around the base where the light bulb screws in. This opens the possibility of easy, adjust able mood lighting from the color LEDs, which can work independently of the light bulb one has already screwed in.
The problems with the execution of this concept are two-fold: The size of the device, when placed between the bulb and lamp socket, makes the total height of the bulb such that the lampshade most likely will no longer fit; and the socket plays hard to get with the iDevices app and iOS Home app, in the same way the iDevices smart plug does. This would appear to be an engineering problem for iDevices, though possibly one which might be fixed with a firmware update in the future.
So I was the badass of the house, setting up the timing schedules of the lamps, and turning them on through Siri voice control or simply tapping the button on the Home app. But my wife was frustrated because she couldn’t access the lamps on demand as I could.
Enter Alexa. I bought a Dot at Best Buy (they had a ton, while Amazon is on back order), and brought it home. Now my wife can voice-command the iHome lamps on and off (along with Amazon music—she’s having more fun than I expected).
Just as with the Home app, the iHome smart plugs work flawlessly, but the iDevices plug and lamp socket don’t work at all. Alexa apologizes and says she can’t see them, even though I have added the Skill to Alexa’s setup. Since the lamps I have using the iDevices plug and lamp socket are not mission-critical to the home’s roster of lamps, and does work most of the time with my iPhone’s Home app, I am not worrying about this for now. Again, it is my hope that iDevices gets a firmware update to address the wonkiness of their devices’ connectivity. If you read the reviews—both of the iDevice products on Amazon, and the Alexa boards with people unable to get Alexa to see their iDevice plugs, either, it indicates my situation is neither unique nor isolated.
If you’re intending to go this route, consider this a very strong recommendation for the iHome smart plugs, and a guarded recommendation for the iDevices products, which have very strong feature sets, but fail at their basic mission too easily.
And a big shout out to Alexa. Surprisingly good execution for $40.
----------------------------- addendum 4/8/17
The iDevices app is still counter-intuitive regarding setting times for the plug to turn off. While it clearly provides a means to add an ON time, it doesn't ask for the OFF time. Buried in a menu? Maybe, but it shouldn't be a challenge for a customer to do the programming of a $40 switch which has the sole job of turning the flow of electricity on and off to a device. This is a task accomplished easily by a $10 programmable timer from the drugstore or supermarket. While the $10 timer can't be addressed remotely by the iPhone, neither does it require the amount of fiddling the iDevices switch does, and the $10 timer does turn itself off. As it stands now, my two iDevices switches turn off only when I take my iPhone, open up the Home app, and manually switch them off.
Hardly an arduous chore, but a clear failure of iDevices at the basic mission level.
-no hub or bridge required
-only takes up one wall outlet and doesn't cover the second
-Pairing on initial device is simple
-control devices while away from home
-no monthly service fee
-has a secondary nightlight feature that's fully customizable
-you can relocate the switch with ease if needed
-idevices support has been quick and helpful
-assign permission to others to control your devices as well through their apple device
-directions that come with the product are very very simplistic and really only get you paired up on one device.
-the idevices app could use some streamlining but it works once you move around in it some
A few tips for set up I found helpful. Type in the pairing code. While the camera feature to take a pic of the pairing code number that comes with the devices is pretty,,don't use it. Just manually type the code in when prompted to.
If you're having trouble seeing your switch on a secondary phone, iPad or even your spouse's phone - make sure Apple keychain is turned on on both the originally paired Apple device and the one you're trying to give control to. Go to settings > iCloud > keychain to turn that on.
Also under settings > idevices. Make sure the HomeKit Data is enabled as well as synchronize custom home is enabled.
Apple HomeKit seems to take a couple mins to recognize that iCloud and keychain have been enabled so give it a sec to update and sync everything.
After turning these features on my switch and idevices thermostat are working perfectly across my iPhone 4s, iPad 2, my wife's iPhone 5s and her ipad 3. Controlling the products while away from home has worked smoothly as well. It's nice to start the drive home from work and have the lights on and heat going when I arrive. Overall I'm pretty satisfied so far and look forward to other options/devices from idevices in the future.
My idevices switch & thermostat are still working great. I'm actually about to buy a second switch this weekend. And plan on getting another thermostat for upstairs sometime in the future.
Two hiccups though -- On two seperate occasions both my switch and thermostat, both at the same time, were not detectable in the idevices app, but still functioned manually. The first time I believe it had something to do with my modem & router and not the devices. After power-cycling both the modem & router they were both recognized immediately in the app. The second time however, power-cycling the modem and router did not fix the problem. What fixed it that time was simply unplugging the switch and plugging it right back in,, so essentially power-cycling the switch. The same was done with the thermostat by just pulling it off the wall and then popping it right back in place. 30 seconds later they were both back to normal.
• High quality design
• Customizable night light. You can specify brightness, color, and on/off status.
• Works well with Siri
• Integrates well with HomeKit
• Seems highly reliable (after I got past my setup problem)
• Simple instructions
• I had trouble setting up one of the switches, but I eventually got it working.
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