YTE Wifi Smart Plug


First published at 09:01 UTC on February 13th, 2018.

As I gradually switch my connected home from a hub-based to a hub free setup I have encountered quite a few of these generic smart plugs which vary only in the app they work with and the price. At just £15.59 this is one of the best-priced I have tried yet.

At home, I currently use LightwaveRF switches with my Amazon Echo and Google home devices and this works well but needs a hub to be connected to the router. The latest generation of IOT products, like this socket from YTE require no hub and connects directly to the router and is recognised by the Amazon Echo and Google Home. It is assigned its own IP number by the router and is easy to identify online.

In the simple but attractively designed mid-market product box was the plug itself and a well written and easy to read User Guide. The Guide assists to using the eFamilyCloud app and for linking the device to Amazon Alexa and Google Home. I attach a scan the guide to my unboxing video. Switch to full screen and pause as needed to read it.

The plug itself is well made, nicely designed and feels robust enough for long-term everyday use. I was pleased to see that it is not too wide and should fit fine into a multi-socket wall fixture. It has a large blue/red power status LED on the front which doubles as a proper clicky off/On button.

Setting it up was easy enough and can all be done by following the in-app instructions. Open the app and begin the procedure to add a new device. Plug the socket in and the LED starts flashing quickly, select the device type from the list, input your wifi password, let the app detect the device on the network. The switch can then be controlled by the app and you can add the Alexa and Google Home eFamilyCloud skills to get in onto their ecosystem. The eFamilyCloud app will walk you through this. I was pleased to see that the socket was also recognised by the Smart Life app which I also use for other devices and could be controlled from there too. It may well be recognised by other a..

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