Over the past year or so, I’ve been getting into using the Google Home (assistant). It’s nice to be able to turn lights on, ask general questions and set appointments just by talking.
But one of the most disappointing things about the Google Home habitat is the ancillary devices/switches. A lot of them are fairly expensive. Running around $40 per socket or device. From my view, it’s excessive.
Having purchased a few of these items, it was starting to have an impact on my wallet so I decided to try some new smart switches; some that were lower cost. I mean, how bad could it be? And if it didn’t work out, I would just take them back.
There are several different companies that carry the same type of smart plug/socket. They look almost identical and they function exactly the same. The prices vary just a little bit, but most of them come in under half of what I was paying for just one smart socket.
After purchasing a pair of them, I was wondering how it was going to work out. After a week, the smart sockets showed up at my home.
I have to admit, these were some of the easiest smart sockets to set up. I intentionally did not read the instructions. I wanted to see how easy it was to set these up. I opened the package, and plug the smart socket into the outlet. I downloaded the Smart Life application from the Google play store. I opened up the Smart Life application; having to create a user ID and password. The application walked me through adding a device.
Honestly, the only thing that I had to do was make sure that the devices power button on the side was blinking, the application did the rest.
Within about 30 seconds, I had the smart plug detected and assigned within the Smart Life application.
I opened up my Google Home application, went to home control and added the new devices. The devices were already named from the Smart Life application (window light/hall light). All I had to do for Google Home was to tell it which room they were located in.
After that, I was done. Google Home recognize the devices and I was able to easily issue commands to Google Home to turn the lights on and off.
Overall, I think that these smart plug/sockets, while off-brand, was a great purchase. The items were low cost; I got to for about 20 bucks and they were perfect.
» This does work with Amazon Alexa.