|Manufacturer||iDevices LLC (iGrill) - L&G|
|Item Weight||9.6 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||2.3 x 3.63 x 3.75 inches|
|Item model number||IDEV0001P5|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Number Of Pieces||1|
|Plug Profile||Plug-In Mount|
iDevices Switch IDEV0001P5 - WiFi Smart Plug w/ Energy Monitoring, No Hub Required, Works with Apple Home Kit
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||2.3 x 3.63 x 3.75 inches|
|Plug Profile||Plug-In Mount|
|Actuator Type||Push Button|
|Controller Type||Alexa, IControl Open Home(TM) Connect Platform, Amazon Alexa|
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- Integrates with Apple HomeKit products and is compatible with iOS devices (iPhone 4S+, iPad mini+, iPad 3+ and iPod touch 5+) running iOS 8.0+
- Discreet and compact design includes a side facing outlet for easy positioning
- Group appliances into 'scenes' (i.e. Bedtime) for simple management using voice control with Siri
- The iDevices Switch features a customizable LED nightlight. Choose from hundreds of color options
- iDevices Connected app features customizable schedules based on your daily routine
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From the manufacturer
Make the everyday things in your home extraordinary 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 anywhere
Switch's compact size, side outlet and sleek design fit the aesthetics of any room, without taking up two outlets.
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|Works with Android||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|No hub required||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Remote access, scenes, & scheduling||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Customizable LED night light||✓||-||✓||✓||✓||✓|
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, iPad, or HomePod, you can use Siri voice commands when you're away from home
- Supports Android devices with 4.3 or later
- 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.
- Control any HomeKit compatible product
- Create custom schedules & scenes
- Customizable to your routine
- Access & control from anywhere
- Available on the App Store or Google Play
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The iDevices Switch is the only thing you need to connect to your home, from your mobile device; no hubs required. As one of the first ever iOS 8 HomeKit enabled devices on the market, the iDevices Switch allows you to control the power to appliances throughout your home through the use of Siri voice commands. In the free iDevices Connected app, you can create schedules for each appliance in your home based on your daily routine. By grouping appliances into separate rooms or "scenes", you're able to turn on or off an entire room of your home with one command to Siri. For example, "Goodnight Siri", might turn off the lights and TV in your bedroom. It's your home, simply connected.
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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.
UPDATE: The iDevices switches were returned and I ordered the Leviton 1BW dimming switches. They connected easily to the wifi network and have worked flawlessly since - with the added benefit that these are also dimmers which the returned TP-Link and iDevices switches that both kept disconnecting from wifi were not. Time will tell I guess but so far so good - the Leviton switches are still working whereas both the TP-Link and iDevices switches by this time were frustratingly dropping all the time.
UPDATE 2: The Leviton dimming plugs (four of them) and dimming switches (three of them) have now been operating flawlessly for over a month. No drop outs, no losing connection with either the iPhone app or Alexa, no having to reconnect them every couple of days. They have "just worked". In addition, we had a power cut and when the power came back on they automatically reconnected and again worked without issue. Congratulations to Leviton for making a product that does what it says and does it consistently. Highly recommended and I will be buying more.