YTE SWA-1 Wifi Smart Plug for Alexa Google Assistant, 2 pack


First published at 08:22 UTC on April 17th, 2018.

This is a budget-priced smart plug set consisting of two smart plugs plugs priced at less than if bought separately. Each plug can be controlled from the front panel button, the smartphone app, or by voice.

In the past, I have experimented with cheap wifi and Bluetooth home devices with distinctly mixed results. At home, I currently use LightwaveRF switches with my Amazon Echo and Google home setups and this works well but needs a hub to be connected to my router. This socket set from YTE requires no hub and connects directly to Amazon Echo and Google Home. Each socket is assigned its own IP number by the router and is easy to identify online.

Inside the attractive mid-market product box were two plugs and a well printed and easy to read colour User Guide. The plugs themselves are well made, nicely designed and feel robust enough for long-term everyday use. I was pleased to see that the plugs are not too wide and should fit fine into a multi-socket wall fixture. They have a large blue/red power status LED on the front which doubles as a proper clicky Off/On button that you can feel engaging.

Setting it up was easy enough and in fact, I did not even need the User Guide, the in-app instructions were enough. The plugs will work with either the 'eFamilyCloud' or 'Smart Life' apps, both free to download. I use the 'Smart Life' app as it always works with several other Alexa enabled devices I already own. Each device needs to be set up separately, follow the instructions in the app, 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' or 'Smart Life' skills to get in onto their ecosystem. The app will walk you through this. The app remembers the Wifi password and so there is no need to enter this again for the second and subsequent devices.

The app is exc..

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