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Which connected plug should you choose to control your devices?

Which connected plug should you choose to control your devices?

Le Parisien Le Guide,High-tech,Miscellaneous

Do you want to take control of your devices remotely to make your daily life easier? The ideal solution is the acquisition of a connected socket. It allows you to easily turn a device on or off. To help you choose the ideal device, here is our comparison of the best connected sockets on the market.

0October 8, 2021 at 10:14 a.m.

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Home automation or connected house allows you to control your interior at your fingertips. This ensures real comfort once you get used to it. If connected bulbs are increasingly used, connected sockets are perfect for completing a smart installation. They guarantee you full control of your devices. In this way, you will use less electricity, for example, because you can switch off the devices you are not using at any time. However, to find the ideal connected socket, you must take care of certain essential points. The amperage, for example, tells you the electrical power allowed by the device. Most often, the sockets are from 10 to 16A. For greater security, choose the largest number. Then, depending on your IT ecosystem, the smart plug's compatibility with a specific smart assistant like Google Assistant or Alexa can be a deciding factor.

our selection

  1. Beli SP3, Tenda
  2. Plug connected Tapo, TP-Link
  3. Connected socket, Refoss
  4. Priska Max Easy, Konyks
  5. Smart Plug, Amazon
  6. Double Socket Priska Duo, Konyks
  7. Connected power strip, Meross
  8. Connected socket Hue, Philips
  9. Bluetooth connected plug, BeeWi
  10. Connected socket Céliane, Legrand

How does a smart plug work?

Above all, the connected plug is an essential tool in your daily life. It allows you to control your devices by saving valuable time. Therefore, it fits ideally into a home automation installation. Very easy to install, just plug them into an electrical outlet. Then, the installation depends on the models. Generally, the manufacturer offers a dedicated application. This is available in most cases on both Android smartphones and iOS devices. Once the application is downloaded, just let yourself be guided to complete the installation. Once installed, the smart plug allows you to switch devices on or off remotely. This can be a coffee maker, a lamp, or any device that requires occasional or regular remote activation. In addition, some templates also allow you to create predefined scenarios. Thus, when returning from work, the lights can for example turn on automatically. Connected sockets are also perfectly suited to an eco-responsible approach. Indeed, they allow you to know more about the electricity consumption of each of your devices. Depending on the models, it is even possible to access precise statistics such as consumption hour by hour. You can thus identify the devices consuming the most within your installation. Some brands like Konyks offer connected sockets with a consumption meter. This is directly integrated into the device and ensures that you obtain all of the essential information for effective management of your energy consumption. Also, most smart sockets can be controlled by voice. To do this, they just need to be compatible with one of the voice assistants on the market. Depending on your own installation, it may therefore be wise to opt for a Google Home connected plug or an Alexa connected plug instead. If you are a fan of the Apple ecosystem, there are of course HomeKit compatible connected sockets.

Which devices are compatible with smart plugs?

Connected sockets let through or cut off the power supply to the device. This simplicity of operation allows them to work with any electrical device, whatever it may be. Thus, any device that must be plugged into an electrical outlet can be controlled by such an outlet whether it is a radiator, a bedside lamp or even a washing machine. However, you should be careful about the type of smart plug you buy. Indeed, some sockets are type E (French) while others are type F (European). Therefore, the device plugged into a type E socket must be compatible to be able to be plugged into this type of connected socket.

Wi-Fi connected sockets and Bluetooth connected sockets: what are the differences?

When you want to acquire a connected socket, you are faced with two types of connectivity within the connected socket offers: Wi-Fi sockets and Bluetooth sockets. To work, the Bluetooth connected socket must be near a device that is also Bluetooth compatible. If so, then you can connect them directly and discover the pleasures of the connected home. This is the simplest type of use. Some brands offer bridges that allow you to link a large number of devices in your home quickly and efficiently. Wi-Fi enabled devices go further. Indeed, the socket being connected to the internet network, it becomes controllable from anywhere as long as you have access to a Wi-Fi network or a 3G or 4G connection. Thus, you can decide to activate your coffee maker ten minutes before returning home. The advantage of Wi-Fi sockets is also to be able to add, modify or delete a scenario at any time, even if you are not present at your home.

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