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Can I Use Amazon’s Smart Plug Without Alexa or an Echo?

With the introduction of the smart plug, came a new convenience that has even further enhanced the functionality of today’s smart home. Smart plugs have been a game-changer for those…

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PSA: Why Smart Plugs Are Often Pointless (Electric vs Mechanical Switches) – New Video

The marketing of smart plugs is great: easily control your household appliances and devices from anywhere in the world, or even via smart routines and schedules. Simple. However if you…

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Philips Hue Smart Plug: Everything You Need To Know

When I first seen the Philips Hue Smart Plug, I thought “Why’s it 3-4x more expensive than other smart plugs”? I then wondered whether the fact that it’s controllable via…

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New Video – Smart Plugs With A PHYSICAL Remote (Why & How!?)

I was recently playing around with a smart plug, and I didn’t have an Echo device – or my smartphone – nearby. I therefore started wondering whether it was possible…

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Ethernet Based Smart Plugs: Possible, Pointless or Useful?

Smart plugs are an interesting item in the world of smart home devices. They have the potential to become extremely useful, but there are some major questions that need to…

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My Dolce Gusto coffee machine with an electric physical switch

Smart Plugs & Devices With Electric Or Physical Switches

Smart plugs are great (or so the marketing says…) – they can easily be used to turn household devices and appliances on/off via your voice, a phone app, automated schedules,…

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Woman Controlling Smart Plug Using App On Mobile Phone

Smart Plugs With A Physical Remote: Why, How & What To Buy

Smart plugs are pretty useful devices – allowing you to easily control your appliances with a phone app, preset timers, and even your voice. But it’s not always practical to…

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My BT HomeHub internet WiFi router in my garage, with a flashing purple light meaning it can't connect to the internet.

Using Smart Plugs To Turn Your Internet (WiFi Router) Off & On

One of the benefits of smart plugs that I’ve recommended a few times is the ability to turn the internet (i.e. your WiFi router) on and off via the smart…

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Do Smart Plugs Work Away From Home?

When talking about the benefits of smart plugs, I usually give the example of being able to turn your slow cooker on from work, so that you come home to…

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Using Smart Plugs With Your Amazon Echo Device

Amazon regularly do bundle offers on smart devices, such as smart plugs with an Echo or Echo Dot. But why are they often included as a bundle – can you…

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