In this guide we will show you the best models of remote controlled electrical sockets available for sale and programmable via a smartphone app or with voice commands from Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.
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Better smart sockets
To create the perfect smart home and control Smart TVs, washing machines and other appliances, below we will find the best selected models of smart electrical sockets that work both by connecting to the home Wi-Fi network and able to work both with dedicated apps and via voice assistants Alexa and Google.
If we have schuko type wall sockets (the German sockets) it is advisable to immediately focus on a quality product such as TP-LINK Tapo P100 (35 €), available in a kit of 4 sockets.
By focusing on this kit we will have 4 smart sockets, so as to convert a large number of household appliances to home automation. To connect the sockets to the Wi-Fi network of our modem we will have to download the Tapo app on our phone (for Android and iPhone), open the app, create a TP-Link account (really useful even afterwards for voice commands) and put the sockets in pairing mode, as shown in the instructions provided by the app itself.
At the end of the pairing we will have the TP-Link sockets connected to our Wi-Fi network, ready to be switched on or off via the app or, using the programming mode, to schedule switching on or off at specific times or days of the week.
If we are looking for valid alternatives to TP-Links we can take a look at the following list:
- meross Smart Wifi Socket 16A (kit of 4)
- Xiaomi GMR4015GL Smart Plug Wi-Fi Smart Socket (single socket)
- zoozee Presa intelligent WiFi 16A (kit da 2)
Even with these smart sockets we will have to follow the instructions seen with the TP-LINK sockets: download the app indicated by the manufacturer, log in with an account (to be created on the spot), set the pairing mode and provide the credentials Wi-Fi access when required, so as to have the sockets connected to the network.
Italian smart sockets
Not all of them have schuko wall sockets: in most Italian homes we find the L socket, that is the classic “Italian” socket with the three parallel contacts. For those who have these sockets, it is possible to focus on dedicated smart sockets such as the Italian Aunics Smart Sockets (€ 28), available in a kit of 2.
These adapters can be connected to traditional Italian sockets and offer the possibility of controlling both household appliances with an Italian socket and devices with a schuko socket, thus also acting as an adapter.
Exactly as seen in the previous chapter, we can quickly configure the Internet access of these sockets by downloading the app Yours Smart (for Android and for iPhone), by creating a dedicated account and using the socket pairing mode to configure access to the home Wi-Fi network.
Other smart adapters compatible with Italian sockets can be found in the following list:
- EXTRASTAR Italian Wifi Dam 16A (single dam)
- Maxcio Italian WiFi Smart Socket 16A (kit of 2)
- meross Wifi Smart Socket (Type L) 16A (kit of two)
We choose the model that best suits our home and start programming the switching off of the devices and controlling them remotely with the dedicated app.
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Configure voice commands
All devices recommended in the guide provide the also support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, so you can control with your voice the switching on and off of a device or devices in a single room, using one smart speaker like the Amazon Echo or a Google Nest.
To configure the smart sockets for Alexa, download the app on our phone Amazon Alexa (for Android and iPhone), open the app on the portable device, log in with our Amazon account and, once in the app interface, press down on the menu Devices and then on the + icon at the top right.
In the new window we click on Add device, we press on the item The press, we indicate the manufacturer of the socket we purchased (Tapo O Yours for the products featured in the guide) and enter the access credentials for the account created during the configuration of the sockets.
After logging in we confirm where necessary to integrate the Alexa voice controls for the outlets in our possession, which can be managed individually (making sure to give different names for each outlet) or together (by setting a room).
If we use Google Assistant and Google Nest for home automation we can add sockets by downloading the app Google Home (for Android and iPhone), by opening the app and logging in with the Google account.
After switching on, we will have the app interface in front of us: to add the smart sockets, press the + icon at the top left, select the item Compatible with Google, scroll down to find the service associated with smart services (if necessary also using the search engine at the top right) and enter the credentials created during the configuration of the sockets.
Now the sockets are configured and can be plugged into a room in the house, as well as being able to create customized voice commands con Google Assistant.
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With smart sockets we can bring a bit of home automation to all homes, so that we can remotely control household appliances using apps for smart devices or using Alexa and Google voice commands (from a phone or speaker).
Alongside smart sockets, we can make the home even smarter by adding smart thermostats and lights, so as to have full control of the house lighting and temperature in winter (if connected to the boiler) or in summer (if connected to the air conditioner).