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Merkury Innovations Smart Wifi Outdoor Plug.

$9 clearance, found in the electronics section

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This is the cheapest I've seen them. Found this review on YouTube
https://youtu.be/epuRQhpGDz4
Thanks for posting OP.
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2x pack of white light bulbs were 5 bucks!
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2x pack of white light bulbs were 5 bucks!
Link please. Is it white smart led bulb?
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We bought 2 of these when they were $9.95 in the Christmas lights section. They're "OK". Just like their smart lightbulbs, the WiFi range these things have are horrible. The one outside our front door worked fine, but the one we used by our garage door constantly goes offline. I even switched them and the other one had the same problem. We originally thought it went offline every time we used the microwave since it only supports 2.4Ghz, but finally determined that wasnt the case. It was also placed under a wireless camera that NEVER disconnects from WiFi. Also their app crashed alot, but is supposed to be fixed with an update that was released well after the holiday season.

Then the mid-west ice storms came. The one on the front porch was protected from the elements, but the one by the garage door was not. The 2nd day of being covered in snow and ice, this thing started kicking my circuit breaker, or the GFCI outlet in the garage. I eventually went out, plugged it directly into the outdoor outlet, and did not have any more problems. Even after drying out after sitting about 3 weeks in the garage, I tried it again indoors, and it still kicks the GFCI on whatever electric run I use in the house. (My house was built with a GFCI outlet on every 110 outlet run from the breaker box)

Their support is sketchy. When I called them and explained everything wrong with it, they wanted me to plug it back into an outlet to troubleshoot the WiFi problem. Never mind this thing is now kicking the breakers and needs to be exchanged, but the tech thought the WiFi problem was more important. WTH?

Still have the front porch one. Probably wont use it as an outdoor plug any more.
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Link please. Is it white smart led bulb?
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Merkur.../233368473

YMMV, check brickseek https://brickseek.com/walmart-inv...=233368473
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These dont appear to be compatible with Apple HomeKit or Home Assistant. Looks like it supports all the rest however... Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Microsoft Cortana.
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We bought 2 of these when they were $9.95 in the Christmas lights section. They're "OK". The WiFi range these things have are horrible. The one outside our front door worked fine, but the one we used by our garage door constantly goes offline. I even switched them and the other one had the same problem. We originally thought it went offline every time we used the microwave since it only supports 2.4Ghz, but finally determined that wasnt the case. It was also placed under a wireless camera that NEVER disconnects from WiFi. Also their app crashed alot, but is supposed to be fixed with an update that was released well after the holiday season.

Then the mid-west ice storms came. The one on the front porch was protected from the elements, but the one by the garage door was not. The 2nd day of being covered in snow and ice, this thing started kicking my circuit breaker, or the GFCI outlet in the garage. I eventually went out, plugged it directly into the outdoor outlet, and did not have any more problems. Even after drying out after sitting about 3 weeks in the garage, I tried it again indoors, and it still kicks the GFCI on whatever electric run I use in the house. (My house was built with a GFCI outlet on every 110 outlet run from the breaker box)

Their support is sketchy. When I called them and explained everything wrong with it, they wanted me to plug it back into an outlet to troubleshoot the WiFi problem. Never mind this thing is now kicking the breakers and needs to be exchanged, but the tech thought the WiFi problem was more important. WTH?

Still have the front porch one. Probably wont use it as an outdoor plug any more.
You stick your plug into a block of ice, of course it's not gonna work. For regular use with normal people it's a fine product. App has 4.6 stars, so it must be your phone.
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You stick your plug into a block of ice, of course it's not gonna work. For regular use with normal people it's a fine product. App has 4.6 stars, so it must be your phone.
3.6 stars.

And you're right, it was my phone. And everyone else that upgraded to Android Pie last year. Also if you read the bad reviews, they all started flooding in last fall.

And how silly of me thinking a "weather resistant" outdoor plug would of been weather resistant. Of all of the Christmas lights, extensions cords, everything else that had a layer of 2 - 4" of ice, with snow on top of that, this product was the only thing that had problems.

But I'll take your word on it. LOL
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2x pack of white light bulbs were 5 bucks!
I found those yesterday. I got 3 boxes. I've had the color one for about a year but need more just white.
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Does anyone know if these Geeni / Merkury smart plugs have a built-in web interface or something like that to allow for access to it without the phone app? My only use for these things would be if I could manually control it with no Internet connection being involved. If there's any sort of manual control available, it could probably be controlled from a Linux server by scheduled scripts to tell it to turn on or off.

Also if you want to build your own home automation without giving Google or Amazon a hot mic inside your home, you can use this open source project: https://www.home-assistant.io/

But I can't find any documentation on these things that mentions any method of control besides their "Geeni" app.
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Works w/ smart things?
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Works w/ smart things?
Doesn't appear to, apparently the product can be added under the "smart life" app, I'm still trying to do some research on this. The app seems decent however.
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Doesn't appear to, apparently the product can be added under the "smart life" app, I'm still trying to do some research on this. The app seems decent however.
Thanks! Please keep us posted on your findings/any updates
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