There is a way to turn a dumb home appliance into a smart one. It takes a few tools, and some imagination.
I’ll walk you through this process using a fan and some gadgets as an example:
You will need:
An Amazon Echo product, such as the $25 Echo Flex.
A smart plug such as TP-Link’s $17 Kasa.
A plug-in fan with a physical power switch that can stay in the “on” position.
An Apple or Android smartphone for setting up Alexa to talk to the smart plug.
Here’s what to do:
On your smartphone, download the Kasa app.
Open the Kasa app and register for an account. Once logged in, tap the Smart Plug icon, then tap the + icon and then the Smart Plugs icon. Select your Smart Plug model.
Plug the Kasa smart plug into a power outlet. Plug your electric fan into the smart plug. The light on the plug will turn amber. In the Kasa app, follow the instructions to connect the plug to your Wi-Fi network.
In the Kasa app, select your Smart Plug. Then click the gear icon and click Name and Icon. Give the smart plug a friendly name like “Fan.”
Open the Amazon Alexa app. Tap the menu icon and select Skills Games. Search for the TP-Link Kasa skill and enable it.
Standing near the Echo, say “Alexa, discover my devices.” Alexa should detect the device named Fan.
Now test the fan. Make sure the fan’s power switch is in the “on” position. With your Echo nearby, say “Alexa, turn on the fan.” Then say, “Alexa, turn off the fan.”
With this setup, you will have essentially created a remote-controlled smart fan. The Kasa app also includes the option to set a schedule for when the fan should turn on and off. Come winter, you can use this same setup with a space heater. Pretty neat, huh?
We encourage readers to check the wattage on their AC or heating unit before using any plug.
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