D-Link's New Wi-Fi Smart Plug Allows You to Remotely Monitor, Control Devices
May 6, 2014 3:00 AM
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D-Link's Smart Plug is priced at $49.99
For those that like to keep close tabs on energy usage or even have the ability to power on/off a device from anywhere, D-Link has just introduced a new solution to service your needs.
The Wi-Fi Smart Plug (DSP-W215) plugs into a single wall outlet and gives your control over one powered device. Using the mydlink app — which works on
devices (sorry, Windows Phone users) — energy-conscious individuals can set schedules to turn on/off any electronics device or appliance, and even monitor energy usage remotely.
mydlink iOS app for D-Link's Wi-Fi Smart Plug
The Wi-Fi Smart Plug includes Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) to make setup easy and also offers overheat protection just in case any of your devices get a little hot under the collar.
The Wi-Fi Smart Plug is available starting today for $49.99.
D-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug
Of course, D-Link is not the first company to introduce such a device for consumers.
Belkin’s WeMo Switch
(F7C027fc) – also priced at $49.99 -- offers similar functionality and also comes with a companion app that works on
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Aquarium / Terrarium lighting
5/6/2014 8:42:26 AM
I think this could be really cool for controlling light and heat for aquarium & terrarium fixtures. I currently I have a power strip that is set by little pins to do start and stop times, and it certainly isn't simple to program (every time I've needed to change it I have had to pull up the manual again because I don't change it often enough to really remember the correct operation). This looks like it offers advanced scheduling that is nice and Smartphone applications for control, which would be nice. It does stink they only support Android and iOS though.
Hey at least DLink has a Windows Phone App for their cameras (mydlink lite).
RE: Aquarium / Terrarium lighting
5/6/2014 8:09:00 PM
What I fail to understand is why it's a device specific app at all. Why not write a single web interface that will work with practically every device under the sun? If you want to put some fancy device specific trimmings on it and call it app, fine, but I want something I could control through my PC (and especially something I could control with an automated script.)
The WeMo outlets have a web interface, so chalk one up for Belkin. And an API that can be used for automated scripting.
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