After a couple of weeks, I have finally decided which of the (confusing) number of Smart Home systems to try out.
For my first foray into Amazon Echo Smart Home compatible devices, I have ordered the TP-Link HS100 Wi-Fi Smart Plug and the TP-Link LB120 Smart LED Wi-Fi Light Bulb.
I’ve received the Smart Plug and set it up to run the right side of my living room which has a number of devices (7) connected to 2 power extensions.
I deliberately chose this socket as it was one that I would normally switch off before going to bed and does not have any devices that need to be left on when I am not using them.
Setup was straightforward with the first three steps being printed on the box, download the app (Kasa) which is free, plug the smart Wi-Fi plug into a socket, switch it on and configure it through the app.
Once you have a connection to your Wi-Fi (there are lights to guide you), you can then enable the appropriate skill in your Amazon Echo, there is a page pointed to on the TP-Link website that covers this.
Although there a number of steps you need to work through, I found them all to work first time.
There were two Smart Plugs to choose from, the only difference I could see is the other one monitored how much electricity was used through it, as I have a Smart Meter, I am able to do this anyway.
Until I have more confidence, I still switch off at the socket before going to bed.
No overheating or problems so far.
The main reasons I went for the TP-Link system is that each device connects directly to your Wi-Fi rather though another hub.
Another reason is coming from a successful PC networking manufacturer.
Looking forward to trying out the light bulb next week.