Hey! Is anyone aware if iDevices switches would be able to be integrated into Sense to help identify devices?
The only devices that Sense is configured to work with at this point is the Belkin Wemo Insight, and the TP-Link HS110. There was some chatter about the TPLink HS300 (power bar with each individual plug monitored) being added, but that’s still just a “maybe”.
Unfortunately there’s so many different smartplugs and such out there that it’s unlikely Sense will ever recognize them all. That being said, it would make sense to stick with the Belkin or TP-Link (I’d lean towards the latter myself) hardware, just in case.
The iDevices uses the Smart Life app (or one of the many branded off-shoots that are all basically the same app/API). There are actually a LOT of devices that use this app/API platform. I have devices from about 8 different brands that all work with this app/API platform. Many of the cheap(er) devices use this as the API is pretty easy to use and very low licensing costs and pretty robust as it provides a lot of functionality for a lot of devices. I have smart single outlets, smart multi-outlets, lights, etc that work with it. The app itself shows support for a large range of devices that already have integrations with it, such as Rice Cookers, Microwaves, Ovens, Breadmakers, Sous vide devices, washing machines, refrigerators, etc, etc, etc, etc. Granted a lot of these devices are probably not available in the US (yet) as the company behind this is a Chinese company, but I’m sure they’ll eventually show up. I think it would make a LOT of sense (not pun intented) for Sense to start working on integration with this platform as it really has a huge user base (potential).
The platform supports WiFi, Bluetooth and ZigBee devices for sure (I have all of these), not sure about Z-Wave. A lot of the devices I have connected to it do report power usage as well. I have several multi-outlet switches (2 indoor, 1 outdoor) that all report power usage per outlet. The biggest advantage of these devices is that they’re significantly cheaper than known brand products. My multi-outlet switches (3 outlets each) were < $15 each.