Smart Plugs for Dumb Devices: Building Your Smart Home

by | Aug 24, 2019 | Tech Tips

If you dream of the convenience of a smart home but are wary of the price tag, there’s a simple solution. Smart plugs sometimes called smart sockets, turn your “dumb” devices into little AI-controlled machines. Now you can make your appliances compliant with your demands. Or just not have to get up to turn off your lamp, your call.

Hey Alexa, What’s a Smart Plug?

smart plugs smart socketsSmart plugs are simple; you plug the smart plug into your regular socket, then connect your device to the smart plug. Using the corresponding app, you can turn your device off and on. Some smart sockets will work with voice assistants. Say you have an Echo and you use Alexa. If you pick up a smart plug that works with Alexa, you don’t even have to bother with an app.

On the other hand, say you’re away from home a little later than intended. Open up your app, turn on the lamp in the living room from where ever you are. Never come home to a dark house again. Even better, never worry, you left something on that shouldn’t be. Worried you left the coffee pot on or maybe you’re bad at turning off your curl wand. Also, if you love pranks, these are the devices for you. Turn on or off anything you plug into your smart socket with the app.

Tips for a Seamless Transition

Research before you buy: Want a voice assistant with your smart sockets? Get a brand that works with your AI by design. Read the specs on the product before you buy. If It doesn’t state that it works with your Echo or Home device, find one that does.

smart plugs smart socketsGet used to using the app/ voice assistant: Remember to use the app or the voice assistant of your choice for the appliance/ device plugged into it. It’s easier said than done. Most of us are in the habit of flipping switches or pushing buttons. It takes time to get used to the app. You need the device’s power switch engaged for the smart plug to work.

Think outside the box: Make the most of your smart plugs by finding new things to control with them — lamps, coffee makers, fans, etc. The possibilities are only limited to your imagination. Connect strings of party lights and wow your guests. Connect your kids’ game consoles and make sure they aren’t on them when they shouldn’t be.

If you need help choosing the right smart sockets for your devices or have any other questions about technology, we’re here to help. OneSupports technology advisors are here to help whenever you need us. Call us at 844-818-3415 or live chat with an agent 24/7/365. OneSupport: we’ll tech it from here.

 

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