Smarten Up and Automate Your Home With Smart Plugs

August 23, 2017

I’ve had my Amazon Alexa for a few months now. While I use it daily, I’ve yet to use it to automate my home. I certainly remember the science fiction of my youth that described all the things we would be able to do via voice command and Alexa can turn that into reality. I’m including some links for which I can earn a puny commission if you buy something. Unfortunately I got nothing for free.

Today I’m going to talk about some special outlets designed to be able to communicate with Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant. Plug the smart plug into a wall outlet and then plug a device, such as a light, into the smart plug. The plugs are designed to talk directly to your WiFi network.

In order to determine what can be done with the smart plugs, you will need to install the free “kasa” app on your iOS or Android device. Within the app you can define times to turn it on and off or name the plugs to work via voice control. I’ve not yet gotten any smart plugs, but I’m already thinking of ways that I can put them to use. Once I have a plan, I’m sure I’ll get some.

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Foster D. Coburn III is author of 13 best-selling books on CorelDRAW and has been a contributor to numerous technology and graphics-related magazines. Foster has taken many projects, including this Web site, from the early design stage through to a finished piece. He has been a featured speaker at many graphics conferences. His first Web site was built in 1995 and he has been working exclusively in WordPress since 2013.

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