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    Want to start playing around with home automation this year. A little research on the internet led me to the Sonoff range of products.

    Watched a youtube video on it and it seems really easy to install.

    Any comments if they are worth it? they really cheap. Any other recommendation?

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    I see Yebo electronic's around the corner of me also sells it.

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    I have 7 or 8 Sonoffs installed at home for the last few years. I've flashed all with different code to work with apple HomeKit, so I don't use their app, but I've had zero issues. Buy directly from Itead, they ship very quickly, $4-5 shipping and its here in under two weeks.

    I also installed a standard (unmodified) sonoffs at my folks for a lamp my mom uses. it's also bee there at least two years and no issues.
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    Default Re: WiFi Smart Switches

    I use them all over (Pool, geyser, lamps, lights, wall switches, etc) - controlled either by automation - or a wall mounted iPad.

    It was definitely worth the effort for me.


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    Default Re: WiFi Smart Switches

    Can you control these switches from your cell?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Dold View Post
    Can you control these switches from your cell?
    Yes, they connect to your wifi and you control with trough an app. You can set the default state, so if you wire between a light switch and the fitting, you can still manually switch lights if you need to. Ours are automated, so they turn of late afternoon, and off at 23:00, then a few on at 5am again. In practice, we just never touch those switches anymore. 90% of the time the automation os perfect, the lights are on or off when you want them to be, and the rest of the time a simply 'Hey Siri, turn the bedroom lights off' from under the covers does the job.

    This particular system is incredibly well priced as well, a sonoff standard wifi switch (10A) costs about $5, and wiring in line takes maybe 5-10 minutes if you know how to strip wire and tighten screw terminals and get the wiring the right way round (switch the live not the neutral, follow the diagram on the units housing). I have replaced on wall switch that was in a really stupid place with one and put a blank . cover over, and the rest I managed to hide inside the light fitting, or just picked a spot on the cord for lamps where it would not be visible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Dold View Post
    Can you control these switches from your cell?
    They have cloud based servers, and a crappy app that allows you to do scheduling, and manual control. When you start running components from various manufacturers, its worth looking into things like Home Assistant to integrate them.

    My setup is fairly far advanced, and growing monthly - so far - exceptionally stable, much more than a human remembering to do something.
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    Default Re: WiFi Smart Switches

    Does anyone know what the wifi range is like? I want to install one in my garage to control the exterior lights

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benmasjien View Post
    Does anyone know what the wifi range is like? I want to install one in my garage to control the exterior lights
    I've found if my phone gets wifi, this sonoff will too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Benmasjien View Post
    Does anyone know what the wifi range is like? I want to install one in my garage to control the exterior lights
    depends on your wifi

    does it reach the garage?

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    I also use some Sonoff devices and the eWelink app works quite well. Like stated, if my Iphone picks up Wifi so does the Sonoff.

    It integrates with IFTTT very nicely and allows you to control the switches through widgets instead of just the app. You can build different applets as well with very little effort to do actions on the switches such as weather, light or other variables.

    The integration with Home-Assistant is however the better long term solution as these things are addictive and you soon run into a situation where you want a better interface. A simple rasp pi with home assistant as a server is very cool and the instructions on their website is simple enough for anyone to follow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by petermoffat View Post
    I have 7 or 8 Sonoffs installed at home for the last few years. I've flashed all with different code to work with apple HomeKit, so I don't use their app, but I've had zero issues. Buy directly from Itead, they ship very quickly, $4-5 shipping and its here in under two weeks.

    I also installed a standard (unmodified) sonoffs at my folks for a lamp my mom uses. it's also bee there at least two years and no issues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HannesS View Post
    Want to start playing around with home automation this year. A little research on the internet led me to the Sonoff range of products.

    Watched a youtube video on it and it seems really easy to install.

    Any comments if they are worth it? they really cheap. Any other recommendation?
    Local suppliers to add to the list and get more info.

    http://www.communica.co.za/Catalog/Details/P0240254864

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    Quote Originally Posted by WillysCJ View Post
    I also use some Sonoff devices and the eWelink app works quite well. Like stated, if my Iphone picks up Wifi so does the Sonoff.

    It integrates with IFTTT very nicely and allows you to control the switches through widgets instead of just the app. You can build different applets as well with very little effort to do actions on the switches such as weather, light or other variables.

    The integration with Home-Assistant is however the better long term solution as these things are addictive and you soon run into a situation where you want a better interface. A simple rasp pi with home assistant as a server is very cool and the instructions on their website is simple enough for anyone to follow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fluffy View Post
    Maybe I am dumb, I understand what Alarm and Garage are, but what is a HEK ?
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    Must be excellent application software if it understands English and Afrikaans.
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    Default Re: WiFi Smart Switches

    Would love to learn how to change the firmware/coding in order to get Siri to work with my Sonoff.

    I do find that the wifi range is a bit weak. I installed a Sonoff to my pool pump which is a little bit far from the router and it has drop out issues.

    The rated 10A switch also dont like the high startup current of the pool pump and after a couple of months I noticed the switch discolouring from heat. If finally let the smoke out.
    Replaced it and added a stattic 50A relay to do the heavy lifting.
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    One of the guys I work with installed on his pool pump and pool light due to the location of the said switches. He aptly named the switches 'Pool pump' and 'Pool light' and linked it to his Google Assistant.

    He can use his phone to switch it on and off from anywhere, "hey google, switch on pool light"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdjoubert View Post
    Would love to learn how to change the firmware/coding in order to get Siri to work with my Sonoff.

    I do find that the wifi range is a bit weak. I installed a Sonoff to my pool pump which is a little bit far from the router and it has drop out issues.

    The rated 10A switch also dont like the high startup current of the pool pump and after a couple of months I noticed the switch discolouring from heat. If finally let the smoke out.
    Replaced it and added a stattic 50A relay to do the heavy lifting.
    Why not use the 16A? Have one on my pool pump and geyser.
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