Using WiFi linked 'smart plugs' with Indigo

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Sat Feb 09, 2019 6:20 pm
sarahcat offline
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Using WiFi linked 'smart plugs' with Indigo

Amazon and many others sell small, inexpensive on/off plugin controllers that will operate with a smart phone app and with Alexa and/or other voice control systems. These controllers do not require a hub because I presume they have their own IP addresses and use a WiFi network directly. Is there a plugin or is there any simple way to interface those devices from Indigo? I did search the plugin store and the forums and I can't find that the topic has ever been broached.

Is this an odd idea? These on/off plugin controllers are much less expensive than Z-wave or Insteon devices and could be useful for controlling heaters, fans, or lamps, without having the controller cost several times the cost of the controlled device.

I could use my phone or Alexa as the integration point, but I'd prefer to use Indigo. Any suggestions or thoughts why this doesn't make sense?

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Sat Feb 09, 2019 7:42 pm
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Re: Using WiFi linked 'smart plugs' with Indigo

Thanks, Ianbrown!

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Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:09 am
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Re: Using WiFi linked 'smart plugs' with Indigo

The key takeaway is that all the WiFi devices use different and often proprietary APIs to control them. To build a plugin, there would either have to be a publicly available API or someone would have to reverse engineer the protocol.

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Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:05 pm
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Re: Using WiFi linked 'smart plugs' with Indigo

I can recommend the TP link one, works perfectly.


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