WeMo In­sight Switch

T3 - - Smart Home Essentials -

£39, belkin.com

WHERE TO USE IT Ab­so­lutely any­where there’s a mains socket – just plug it in to the wall and then plug in the de­vice you want to make smart. WHAT it does If you’re look­ing to dip your toes in the smart home waters, you’ll find no gad­get bet­ter suited. Belkin’s WeMo In­sight Switch hooks up to your Wi- Fi net­work, en­abling you to gain con­trol over any elec­tri­cals at­tached to it, whether it’s lights, a TV, or even a wash­ing ma­chine. This in­cludes turn­ing them on or off re­motely, sched­ul­ing when they’re in use, and get­ting en­ergy con­sump­tion de­tails on all your elec­tri­cals, so you know how much they’re cost­ing you. WHAT IT WORKS WITH Ama­zon Alexa, Nest, Google As­sis­tant now su­per­charge it! If you have a Nest ther­mo­stat in­stalled, you can con­nect your switch to this, and us­ing the ther­mo­stat’s Home and Away fea­ture, have your elec­tri­cals turn on when you leave and on when you re­turn home. AL­TER NATI VELY … el­gat o eve en­ergy £44.95, el­gato.com El­gato’s plug might be iOS only, which is un­for­tu­nate for An­droid users, but you get sim­ple Blue­tooth setup, and neat fea­tures, such as ge­ofenc­ing and Siri voice con­trol.

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