Do Wyze plugs turn themselves off or on when the internet goes down, (like the amazon smart plug) or do they just stay on/off until the button is pressed?
And can I control smarthome products other than Wyze made ones using the Band? I mean, if it has Alexa built in, the user shouldn’t need to always verbally turn an appliance on/off for example. Sure, I guess they could pull out their phone, but wouldn’t that defeat the purpose of having the band?
Agreed, that is my experience as well is that the Wyze plug will stay how they were if the internet goes down (which is a GOOD thing). I learned the hard way with the Amazon smartplugs that they turn OFF when the internet goes down (not good especially when I had them connected to my TiVos). So I now use the Amazon smartplugs with non-critical applications, and the Wyze plugs for critical/important devices. At the beginning of the Wyze plugs, I had lots of disconnection issues where I had to re-pair them in order gain back control (so I went with Amazon smartplugs which turned out to be bad), but I have not had this disconnection issue with the Wyze plugs in several months now (so they must have worked out the disconnection bugs). They are very reliable in my experience - I just can’t wait for native SmartThings integration so I can stop using the IFTTT workaround.
Yes…and the plugs are WiFi. Wyze is working on SmartThings integration … don’t know timing on it though. So I use IFTTT to integrate with SmartThings which is a pain, but it mostly works with some delays in response.
Funny that I have not tried those yet … I have way too many brands of smart devices. For plugs in order of preference/reliability I have: IKEA, Wyze, Kasa TP-Link, and Wemo. IKEA was easier to integrate with SmartThings directly and it works with Alexa via their Alexa skill, and it is very reliable…spot on all the time. Wyze are great too but I would give the edge to IKEA because of easy integration with SmartThings and Alexa. Wyze looks nicer though…the IKEA plug is ugly
It should work… so it sounds like you use the Google Assistant-like skill via Alexa. I can use my band to say Alexa commands the same as I ask a regular Echo and it performs them…including Logitech Harmony commands that is a skill. It’s not the greatest experience though…the lag kills it for me, so I rarely use it for Alexa commands. Maybe you’ll have a better experience with it. I like the band though…I tend to wear it more than my Apple Watch.
I got my Band! (And the plugs!) Oddly enough, the Band came with a “I backed Wyze Band” sticker, (which I’m saving) even though I’ve never backed the crowdfunding campaign for the Band. Anyhoo, the Google skill works, but really only for device control. (e.g. The Govee strips on my TV, the Yeelight in my room, etc,.) For whatever reason, it doesn’t give any text output (e.g. the response from my Assistant) so the screen just goes blank… Even though it gives text output on my Fire TV Cube! Also, the “simon says” command seems to work, so that’s fun.
Oh, and how come shortcuts are so… basic? And why can’t I just control a device directly from the Band?! I mean, in the app’s user guide for the Band, it even shows a single shortcut for turning a light on or off! (two buttons, one for on one for off) I shouldn’t have to sacrifice 2 shortcuts so I can control a single device. Sure, this is probably not where I should be saying this, but still. At least add some “If, Else” logic to shortcuts. (e.g. When the shortcut runs, it checks if the device is on or off. If it’s on, it’ll turn it off, and vice versa)