im looking to buy a couple of smart plugs and looking at amazon i can see a lot of offers with a good rating, many of those claims the plug is wifi, compatible with alexa/google home and don’t require a hub.
I can’t find any of those switches in the list of switch component though:
Im wondering if still will be able to connect such a switches to HA and if so can someonw point me to how to do it please?
Hi, I don’t think those plugs have native HA support. You can however use IFTTT to create a chain between HA and plugs that support IFTTT. Keep in mind these configuration will always depend on the IFTTT cloud service and it will create some latency.
But it’s not necessarily a server in China, though.
I run a few TP-Link plugs and, while they support setting up an account in the app and be able to control them from outside my network, I have blocked them from having internet access at all - and they work fine as a local solution.
Which is actually one of the main points for me:
HA is designed as a cloud-less solution and I like it especially for that.
It runs without internet access and triggering stuff through the cloud - and therefore lowering the risk that somebody ‘in China’ can see what I’m doing at home.
If I need remote access to my HA install, I log in via my VPN (also running on an RPi) - this way I can do most anything on my home network, e.g. loo at my security cameras, not just turn the bathroom fan on and off.