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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 03-23-2019, 03:42 AM Thread Starter
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What smart outlet are you running?

I can hear the traditional auto-timer from two rooms over. I've got one running on my current light and don't want another for CO2. Did a search for "smart timer" and did't find what I was looking for, but please direct me if I've missed threads. I'd like one that occupies a single outlet and can control two devices on separate timers (light, solenoid). The critical components on the tank (heat, filtration) will be direct powered I don't want to risk them failing due to power issues. But light and CO2 can run via wifi, if it fails I can catch it, and should only have algae to pay for my convenience.

I've come to the following as a reasonable choice, but would prefer to use something that other aquarists have previously implemented.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CQKD87Q..._t2_B07BZCH39L
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Get the Wemo smart outlet, they are super easy. When the power goes out they do not restart, you can change them whenever you have cellular or wifi connection from anywhere in the world. There is a sunrise sunset feature which is cool for lights. It can also easily connect with amazon Alexa as well as with the new update the apple HomeKit app. Very easy, affordable, and makes my life a lot easier.
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Following this thread as I didn't think along these lines before. I will probably go with these: Tan Tan Smart Plugs

I dont like the reviews on Wemo, How long have you been using yours?

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Kasa Smart WiFi Power Strip by TP-Link - 6 Outlet Surge Protection, Works with Alexa Echo & Google (HS300) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07G95FFN3..._ubILCbWZ60N19

This is what I use. 6 plugs so it will hold most tanks electrical needs.
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Kasa Smart WiFi Power Strip by TP-Link - 6 Outlet Surge Protection, Works with Alexa Echo & Google (HS300) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07G95FFN3..._ubILCbWZ60N19

This is what I use. 6 plugs so it will hold most tanks electrical needs.
+1.

Recently got one, and should have done it a long time ago.
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I'm using this one from Etekcity:


https://www.amazon.com/Etekcity-Moni.../dp/B06XSTJST6


For all the people looking to shut off their filters while feeding, these also have a countdown feature that will turn them off/on after a set time so you won't forget to turn them back on.
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I am using this one. I have never regretted it. As said before. Should have made the switch a long time ago.
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I use the TPlink smart plug too. You have an app (the app is called Kasa) You can set it to return to previous after a power outage or choose on or off and you can set the timer on off time. I use them for the lights on all my tanks.


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Hadn't thought about a full smart power strip. Seems like a better option.
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tonbux with the tuya smart life app


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I use Z-wave and Zigbee devices but that requires more than WiFi. Not worth it if you're just controlling a single/few things.

It's a better way to go though if you're planning to automate more of your home. The aquariums can be easily integrated into that and all controlled within the same system.
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+1.

Recently got one, and should have done it a long time ago.
+2. I use on of these to control the lights, night lights, return pump, CO2 solenoid, and heater. Makes it easy to setup/change schedules and check on status from afar. I've also setup a few linked Alexa voice commands to toggle things on/off for maintenance and to turn on viewing lights outside of the normal schedule (including automatically turning them off).
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Wemo as well. Works great.

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I use Z-wave and Zigbee devices but that requires more than WiFi. Not worth it if you're just controlling a single/few things.



It's a better way to go though if you're planning to automate more of your home. The aquariums can be easily integrated into that and all controlled within the same system.
This is exactly what I do- whole house is smart home so the tanks are just a portion of it.

Smart switches with programmed feeding timers, leak sensors, lights on smart outlets, etc.

But if you are looking for just the aquariums the Kasa TPlink seems a great product for people!



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+1.

Recently got one, and should have done it a long time ago.



does this strip have a place on back to mount with screws?

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+1.

Recently got one, and should have done it a long time ago.



does this strip have a place on back to mount with screws?

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