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Smart Home DIY WI-FI AC switch for DIY $5.29

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Basic switch for your DIY projects. Require sacrificing a cheap extension cord from Home Depot to work. ***Cannot be used as-is without 60 seconds of DIY***

Inspired by a Youtube I saw: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRCH67wfwNE

https://www.banggood.com/DIY-Wi-F...rehouse=CN

Compatible with Alexa & Google Assistance etc.

Smartthings : https://community.smartthings.com...ches/45957
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Created 12-13-2017 at 11:53 AM by inspron
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That's definitely not to code lol. Might be one of those times to not cheap out....
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I have like 6 of these, just connected to lamps, they work very well with smartthings/google home.
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$7.46 for me. Neat idea tho
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That's definitely not to code lol. Might be one of those times to not cheap out....
Could you please point to the "code" which it is not to?
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5.29 with shipping from china. If shipping from US, then 7.49 each..
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yeah you can get them from itead or gearbest for 5-6 shipped pretty often.
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Sonoff switch, old news. And NOT UL rated so if your house Burns down you are SOL....
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newegg sells legit wifi switches at 3 for 26.99 all day long..
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Could you please point to the "code" which it is not to?
NEC Article 404 which covers switches. This would be considered a switch by the standards of the NEC and would be in violation of several of the requirements covered in that article.

I am sure there are more, but that was the first which came to mind.
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I have like 6 of these, just connected to lamps, they work very well with smartthings/google home.
I haven't deep dive into this item yet. How easy is it to get this on Smartthings? I have added device handlers before and understand the IDE process well. Additionally, did you have to update the firmware?
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i dont want to burn my house down so i got these instead. should be the same thing right? from another SD thread: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Pr...3526DW7493
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I haven't deep dive into this item yet. How easy is it to get this on Smartthings? I have added device handlers before and understand the IDE process well. Additionally, did you have to update the firmware?
It's pretty straight forward, firmware upgrade has been little tricky for me but in the end 3/5 worked for me. Unless you need 10's of WiFi plugs, then it might be cost prohibitive to buy regular WiFi switches. I'd not recommend this. It's cheaper (considering amount of time invested to flash's firmware and set them up, splicing existing wire, etc.) to go buy WiFi UL certified plugs from Amazon or else where.. just my 2 cents. When I discovered these plugs about an year ago I got excited for a cheap alternative but then in the end, got tplink/WeMo when they were $15, though I only need 7-8 around my house.

Iink to get it up & running with Alexa/GHome/SmartThings

https://community.smartthings.com...ches/45957
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Yeah, it takes a little extra (like $7) for an arduino programming adapter, and I used a DuPont cable set (that I taped in the order I want them to just drop them in the holes on each board instead of soldering to each) to connect the arduino controller to the sonoff. then its just click a couple buttons on the programming app to set the much more useful firmware. though like the guy above, I had about 2 out of 8 or whatever not program... for me, I like it a lot though.. for the price of about 7 a piece after the programming adapter. Let me know if you want more specifics, but the link in the above is good, exactly what I used.
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That's definitely not to code lol. Might be one of those times to not cheap out....
While it's always a good idea to be careful when it comes to electrical wiring, this is pretty basic stuff.

Keep in mind a couple of things. First, even though the steps look very 'hacky', the end product is wired exactly the same way it would be wired in a retail product, or by an electrician. It's totally safe and the risks are pretty much the same as plugging anything into an outlet when your done.

Also, since this isn't done in wall, there are no 'codes' to worry about. The end product should be just as safe as any other electronic device you plug into the wall.
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