When you’re looking to add smart functionality to your home and you’re new to the concept, it can all seem pretty confusing. However, when you get a little more familiar with the tech that’s out there, you realise that it’s a lot less technical than you think. That can very much be said about the Sonoff S26 Smart Plug, which can be used to turn pretty much every electronic device in your home into something of a smart one.
Looking very much like a modern take on a traditional plug design, this nifty little smart plug is easy enough to use by anyone with a smartphone and makes controlling your home appliances really simple and convenient. In this article, we’re going to take a look at just how easy it is to install and use, so if you’re sitting comfortable, we’ll begin.
Getting Your S26 Smart Plug Set Up
Ok, so the first thing to do is download the eWeLink app onto your smartphone, which is a free piece of software that you can obtain either from the Apple Store or the Google Play Store, depending on whether you have an Android or Apple iPhone. You can also access the app by scanning the QR code that comes with the instructions for your Sonoff S26 plug.
Then it’s just a matter of plugging in your smart plug, after which you should see the small LED light on the front illuminate. From there, you need to pair up the device with the app, which you do by holding down the button on the front for 7 seconds. You’ll know if you’ve done it right, as the LED should start to flash, two pulses at a time.
Once in pairing mode, the device should show up on your universal eWeLink app and it’s a quick matter of selecting it and giving it a name like ‘downstairs light’ obviously only if that’s what you’re going to be using it for. The great thing about the sonoff 26 hardware is that anything can be plugged into it and turned on and off via your smartphone.
Google Home & Alexa Control
You don’t need to have a WiFi to control the S26, but if there is a 2.4GHz available, it opens up the possibility of using a smart hub like an Alexa or a Google home device that then allows you to control your devices by voice. After you’ve connected it up, you should be able to say “Alexa – turn off downstairs light” and voila, it should turn off as instructed.
The S26 smart plug is designed to be left in place, too, so you shouldn’t experience any kind of heating up above and beyond what a normal plug would do. So, for a little under £12 per device, you can turn every electronic device in your home into a smart one – not too shabby and excellent value, we think you’ll agree.
A Range of Smart Products at Affordable Prices
As you can see, getting your own smart home elements into place doesn’t require a degree in computer science and the devices involved are incredibly affordable. At Upsmart, we offer a wide range of devices for smart home use and if you’d like to see them for yourself, simply visit us online at www.upsmart-tech.co.uk and take a look around.
Alternatively, if you need advice or assistance, don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can do so by filling in your details into our contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as is humanly possible. Thanks for reading, we’ll be back next time with more from the exciting and convenient world of smart tech.