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2 pack of TP-Link HS200 Smart Wifi Switch @ Costco for $50

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Costco.com has the 2 pack of the TP-Link Smart Wifi Switches (HS200) for $50 after $10 rebate.

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I'd like to get into home security and automation. I thought being in one brand/environment would be the best, but I can't pull the trigger for all in one solution. For security, I'm considering Ring and for home automation lighting I'm considering Caséta or this TP-Link switches. Any recommendations? Thank you!
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I'd like to get into home security and automation. I thought being in one brand/environment would be the best, but I can't pull the trigger for all in one solution. For security, I'm considering Ring and for home automation lighting I'm considering Caséta or this TP-Link switches. Any recommendations? Thank you!
That's what I did. I went with Ring and TP-Link route. Main driving factor for choosing those was cost. I bought Caseta starter pack from HD/Lowes deal but returned it due to overall cost of adding more. I know Caseta is better looking and fancier than TP-Link but I couldn't justify the cost. Bought TP dimmer from Costco and 3-way switch from B&H deal. Haven't gotten a chance to install them yet. It is hard to find combo wall plate (toggle + rocker smart switch) for the size I need.
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TP-Link quality and application is great. The switch is a toggle switch which stays in the same position after pressing (unlike rocker switches which change position when flipped). The application allows scheduling custom on/off times (multiple), controling/customizing devices, and easily integrates with google home. I didn't realize it, but a nice feature of these is that when they are off, they illuminate with a small circle at the bottom - neat!

Just keep in mind these switches require a neutral wire versus some Zigbee/Zwave smart switches which do not. Our house was built in the 80s and has neutral wires, but one circuit which ran outside did not, so we couldn't use it there, unfortunately. Also, these switches are single pole, meaning only 1 light switch per circuit.

I haven't tried any other smart switches, but i've been meaning to try some Zigbee/Zwave if any can integrate with my Smarthings hub (I think most will require their own hub, even though Smarthings speaks those protocols).

Switches are not that hard to install. I recommend turning breakers off, verifying with a non-contact voltage tester, and having some needle-nose pliers and wire cutters on hand just in case. Hardest part is to get the switches flush with others in a multi-gang switch panel.

Our install: http://imgur.com/a/qBem8NR
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I'd like to get into home security and automation. I thought being in one brand/environment would be the best, but I can't pull the trigger for all in one solution. For security, I'm considering Ring and for home automation lighting I'm considering Caséta or this TP-Link switches. Any recommendations? Thank you!
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That's what I did. I went with Ring and TP-Link route. Main driving factor for choosing those was cost. I bought Caseta starter pack from HD/Lowes deal but returned it due to overall cost of adding more. I know Caseta is better looking and fancier than TP-Link but I couldn't justify the cost. Bought TP dimmer from Costco and 3-way switch from B&H deal. Haven't gotten a chance to install them yet. It is hard to find combo wall plate (toggle + rocker smart switch) for the size I need.
Thank you! Do you know if ring motion sensor can be set to turn on these TPLink smart switches?
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Thank you! Do you know if ring motion sensor can be set to turn on these TPLink smart switches?
Yes. You defiitely can use IFTTT applets to easily help out.

Like this:
https://ifttt.com/applets/u3RghaP...?term=ring

https://ifttt.com/applets/qnfBJMY...bell-rings

https://ifttt.com/services/kasa
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TP-Link quality and application is great. The switch is a toggle switch which stays in the same position after pressing (unlike rocker switches which change position when flipped). The application allows scheduling custom on/off times (multiple), controling/customizing devices, and easily integrates with google home. I didn't realize it, but a nice feature of these is that when they are off, they illuminate with a small circle at the bottom - neat!

Just keep in mind these switches require a neutral wire versus some Zigbee/Zwave smart switches which do not. Our house was built in the 80s and has neutral wires, but one circuit which ran outside did not, so we couldn't use it there, unfortunately. Also, these switches are single pole, meaning only 1 light switch per circuit.

I haven't tried any other smart switches, but i've been meaning to try some Zigbee/Zwave if any can integrate with my Smarthings hub (I think most will require their own hub, even though Smarthings speaks those protocols).

Switches are not that hard to install. I recommend turning breakers off, verifying with a non-contact voltage tester, and having some needle-nose pliers and wire cutters on hand just in case. Hardest part is to get the switches flush with others in a multi-gang switch panel.

Our install: http://imgur.com/a/qBem8NR
Thank you! I wish Apple's vision with Home app have worked today. Maybe it will eventually. I don't want to maintain several hubs for different smart solutions and use several apps for different smart systems. For that reason I considered the ST for everything but ST doesn't look like a complete security system. I think I should go with Ring and TPLink solution like other person above did. Thank you again!
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Yes. You defiitely can use IFTTT routines to easily help out.
Nice. I didn't know that
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