Smart home technology is getting all the buzz in the media. If you have no idea how to implement it in your own home, we’re here to help. TLDR: Start with the smart plug.
The basic idea of setting up a smart home system is to connect a series of electronic devices using home Wi-Fi, which together make it easier to perform tasks like turning on lights from a different room or monitoring the premises of your home. Now, many companies make expensive, complete systems that cover some of these functions. But if you prefer to add devices a la carte, your best bet is to start with smart plugs.
Smart plugs, also know as smart outlets, smart sockets, etc., are versatile building blocks of a simple smart home system. They plug into regular wall outlets and turn allow the current to be cut off or turned on remotely using an app or voice control. Some smart plugs work with apps that give them advanced functions. For example, you can set a schedule to automatically turn on and off smart plugs with the Smart Life app. Some smart plugs can also keep track of energy usage stats.
When smart plugs were new, you had to use a mobile app to control them and always have them connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your mobile device. There are new smart plugs that you can control from anywhere in the world, as long as you have them set up on your app and have internet access. Some new smart plugs are compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Home, so you can control them with voice commands.
Smart plugs come in many shapes and sizes. The most common form factor is a rectangle or a circle. Older plugs used to be bulky, and would block the spare socket when plugged into a standard two-socket wall outlet setup. Fortunately, there are new plugs with a smaller form factor that leaves the second socket unobstructed for a second smart plug or another device. One of our EEEKit smart plugs features a RGB LED light ring that creates fun effects.
Check out our smart plugs to get started on your adventures with a smart home system.