Ok, this one’s going to be short and sweet! We covered smart bulbs in part 1, and some general ideas about a smart home in part 0.5, now’s a time for a short and sweet article about smart outlets and I mentioned some ideas in part 0.5 already, but let’s get a bit deeper with how to get them, what to buy and how to integrate it in the smart home environment we have made so far. Do you need your coffee in the morning like I do? Keep reading, I’ll show you that you can easily turn the espresso machine on, by waking up! Keep reading!
This time, it’s not really hard to choose, you just gotta look at the design and possibly at some other functions like scheduling and timers, but they are basically in all smart outlets, so… The one I like is TP-Link’s Tapo, since I have a few bulbs in my home already, I didn’t have to install another app for pairing it, but … yeah, that’s just about some sort of preference, you can choose what you like.
This is the TAPO outlet that I use, I added a picture that has a list of features too, basically, if you get any outlet, you’ll get more or less the same features, while some can be integrated in Google Home a bit easier than in the Tapo app. I like the design of it, because it blends well with my original outlets. And the best thing about smart outlets is, that while this is totally a plug and play solution, it’s incredibly powerful and fun to use.
To add a tapo in your original Google Home you just first pair it, similarly to the lightbulb in part 1. Once you paired it you can forget about the Tapo app and head to Google Home, there you’ll just click the “+” and add a device that works with Google (also, when buying one, make sure it has the “Works with Google” Logo on it).
Once you added it, you can easily create a schedule, or voice commands, put it in your Google Home, add it to a room and well, that’s all.
Well, there’s no reason to automate absolutely everything in your house, keep it as small or as large as you want.
Now there’s another part of these articles comming up, in which I’ll show you, how I used Shelly devices, to automate my garage door and driveway gate so I could forget about the cumbersome keyfobs and radios.
If you have any questions, feel free to comment! See you soon!