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Best Buy has Insignia Wi-Fi Smart In-Wall Light Switch (White, NS-CH1XIS8) for $24.99. Free store pickup is available if stock permits, otherwise shipping is free on $35+. Thanks frannyjunk
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This switch is compatible with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, and IFTTT. -johnny_miller

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Was $39.99, now on sale for $24.99. According to specs, this switch is Homekit compatible (also Alexa and Google compatible) which is a plus for me. Better than similarly priced smart switches from ebay. Here is the link:

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/insi.../5884100.p
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These don't work with smartthings from what I have read. Don't waste your money on these if you plan on actually integrating a portion of your house consisting of more than a few switches.
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According to Best Buy website, specifications include compatibility with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, IFTTT. I believe IFTTT is what Smart Life app is based on. This is the reason why I posted this deal. It has a wide range of compatibility with multiple platforms.
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A few things people may not know:

Certain smart devices that aren't particularly good today, can be improved over time depending on their physical technology but also what they're using to connect to smart devices. Certain devices can be updated / modified w/o being a programmer.
Some are properietary meaning they'll work only with a certain device.
Hubs use protocols, some can handle more than one while others can only handle a singular protocol. This is extremely important as one protocol may not work at all with one hub but will work natively with another.
Some devices are bluetooth, others are wifi. Seems like a "no duh" but knowing the benefits and limitations of both is important when you're building up your smart home. You don't want everything on wifi and certain devices would be terrible on bluetooth, know what your needs are.


Hub vs Smart Speaker

Smart Speaker is supposed to be your assistant. It's what you speak to, what you interact with on a regular bases. It schedules appointments, makes calls, ask for measurement conversions, order pizza, , it's what you speak to when you want lights simply on or off. Ideally you'd have a smart speaker in every room of your house.

A hub is more of the brains of your entire smart home, you only need one (vs many for smart speakers). This is the device you use when you want ie your morning routine automatized beyond just an alarm. You can have routines created. Movie Time = dim lights to 20% in living room, turn off certain lights, turn up TV volume, set phone to quiet mode. This goes into home security too. A smart speaker can turn lights on/off, but you cant create in-depth routines with many devices all rolled up into one.

You should ultimately pick a Smart Speaker system (ie Google or Amazon) and a smart hub (ie SmartThings by Samsung), that way you have the complete package.

Samsung SmartThings (and Hub)

SmartThings works with IP-accessible devices and those using ZigBee and Z-Wave. If you want your voice to be echo/google home and the brains to be Samsung SmartThings, you need to keep these things in mind.



SmartThings more in-depth

Samsung bought out American based startup SmartThings several years ago, it's gone from a project of interest to the very backbone of Samsung devices. By 2020, all new Samsung devices will have some level of SmartThings enabled on it.
There is no definitive indication on rather a new hub will be released this year or not. There are news articles that suggest there are. On the developer website they tell developers to create their programs to work with the cloud, there's a suggestion that there's likely going to be a new hub that has Samsung SmartThings cloud with greater support but more important, having a speaker and voice (with Bixby! Everyone loves Bixby! /s). If you see someone that says 100% not happening or 100% is happening, they're full of sh%t unless Samsung says otherwise. Point being, if you buy a hub today, SmartThings is likely the best option but don't pay full retail.. that way when the next one comes out (likely a lot better), you wont regret your current hub.
SmartThings is not only the backbone but it's also a very massive investment for Samsung, they're putting all their might behind it so expect things to dramatically improve over the next two years with much larger, native support. You don't have to settle for second best.. this time next year, there's going to be dramatically more devices, in fact 37% of all American homes will have a smart speaker by the end of this year! If a device you need is all meh right now, hold off. A lot of switches for example aren't bad, just not great right now. That's because the tech is still very new.


My Advice:

Invest in your smart speaker system now, Echo and Google Home are currently the best ones.. both are extremely aggressive. Google is closing the game while Amazon owns 75% of the market in the US. Both are excellent options. (I went with google)
You can go ahead and buy dumber devices if you're being super cautious with your investment and want little waste. Outlet plugs to turn things on/off are a prime example of something that's already great, now. Security systems are pretty good now, like a deal earlier for $10 on door/window alarms - that system will work with Samsung SmartThings long term.
I'm working on converting my home to use PoE enabled sec cams which is a thousand times better than the average wireless IP cam.. that's gonna take a while to build and then create code to link with SmartThings.
If you're with Google, get Chromecast Audio setup if need be, I seriously doubt they're adding an audio jack to the mini's.
If you do get SmartThings Hub v2, wait for it to go on a $50 sale.
With TV's, I'm totally waiting now.. I was about to pounce but new TV's will have direct communication without remotes and many will have Google built in thus native support with Google Home.

This way, by the time you get all of this technology setup / paid for (which for a 4 bedroom house will cost $$$ and take time for most), there will be new, better tech out for the more advanced, more costly endeavors.

Hope this helps Smilie
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I need one light switch to finish up my bar/theatre room but the reviews are throwing me. May have to roll the dice though.
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How easy / tough are these to install?
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Single Pole only?
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These don't work with smartthings from what I have read. Don't waste your money on these if you plan on actually integrating a portion of your house consisting of more than a few switches.
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Does anyone know if these switches work with the "Smart Life" app used by other wifi devices? That would be a roundabout way to get them to work in smartthings.
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Does anyone know if these switches work with the "Smart Life" app used by other wifi devices? That would be a roundabout way to get them to work in smartthings.
According to Best Buy website, specifications include compatibility with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, IFTTT. I believe IFTTT is what Smart Life app is based on. This is the reason why I posted this deal. It has a wide range of compatibility with multiple platforms.
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I have one of these. It's not the highest quality physical switch, but it works. HomeKit works reliably too. My biggest gripe is the app - no firmware updates for this thing since inception, app doesn't even show firmware version, just shows n/a. Still i would buy it for the price.
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Looking to get some smart switches, but the reviews on this aren't good at all. Will be waiting...but appreciate the posting anyways!
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review isn't too good... the look isn't as good as belkin or TP link switch..

i ma hold off
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Looking to get some smart switches, but the reviews on this aren't good at all. Will be waiting...but appreciate the posting anyways!
From my experience of installing Z-wave/smart devices with Alexa/ST, stay with brand names, Samsung or GE. It would cost more but save you time and headache in the long run. I have bought Xiaomi, Monoprice, others cheap ones, and spent countless hours just setting them up. Also, they all have terrible battery lifes.
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I have Leviton wifi switches and they are fantastic. They also allow 3-way/4-way with slave switch purchases for around $15 each. You need a neutral and live wire wherever you install the master for a smart switch. It must always have power regardless of the switch state in order for it to be connected to wifi.

Depending on your setup, you might not have a neutral and live wire where you want to put the master and may not have neutrals in any 3-way switch locations since neutral in every box wasn't code until pretty recently. They do make one slave that doesn't need a neutral but it is for a specific wiring scenario only which thankfully I had.
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Two things to consider:

1) Really poorly reviewed (3.3 out of 5)
2) Smart switches are only as good as their software. You're relying on "Insignia" to provide software/firmware and support not only now, but into the future with updates to patch bugs and extend compatibility to new devices. I'd rather rely on brands with a little more credibility in the software arena.
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