Sonoff – Smart Home Automation Products

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What if all the gadgets, appliances, or devices in your home could just be interconnected to a local network or the internet?

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Now, am not just talking about your computers and smart devices, but also your home appliances such as light bulbs, freezer, washing machines, window blinds, speakers, security cameras, heaters, doorbells, etc.

Technology has rapidly shaped the global eco-system, which resulted in the advancement in every sphere of life since the past decades.

These SMART (Self Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology) and wireless technologies have allowed for remote access, automation, and flexibility at home, hence providing comfort, respite, and ease in doing things.

Smart technology such as SONOFF has brought power to your fingertips and given authority to your voice where you do not get heard only by people but also, by your home appliances and devices.

SONOFF ? Smart ON OFF is a technological and electronic brand that provides affordable, top-notch, and high-quality smart home solutions to thousands of people across the globe.

The name Sonoff ?Smart ON-OFF? was inspired by the first smart device produced by the Chinese tech company called ?Sonoff Basic Switch?. An ESP8266 Wi-Fi microchip device that allows for remote turning on/off of connected devices.

Sonoff products are developed by ITEAD Intelligent Systems Co.Ltd. A firm that specializes in providing innovative home products at an affordable cost to different countries around the world. The firm is headquartered in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China.

Sonoff represents a successful utilization of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies in building interconnected and automated home devices that have provided users with easy control over their appliances in an era of a technological revolution.

A smart home indicates the introduction of enhanced technology with control functionality, programmable devices, one-touch centralized control system, and wireless networked devices with standard communication protocols.

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Control of smart home devices is made using a smartphone, tablet, PC, or other computing devices. Controllable devices, appliances, or gadgets include heaters, radiators, lightings, fridges, electric kettles, coffee makers,  doors, windows, curtains, televisions, washing machines, dishwashers, ovens, etc. 

Smart home technologies can also detect motion, humidity, and control room temperature using relevant smart devices.

Being a visionary organization, Sonoff company aims at becoming a global standard and leader in the smart home industry to help fulfil its goals of making life easier, better, and smarter.

Products

Sonoff Products are wireless and Wi-Fi-based, and it relies on mobile networks to connect and control home devices.

Sonoff products suites include the following.

  • Wi-Fi DIY smart switches

Sonoff Wi-Fi Do-It-Yourself smart switch is a product of advanced technology. One smart switch can control several appliances such as light bulbs. Smart switches provide new and unique ways to control your home hardwired devices.

By utilizing Wi-Fi and mobile app technology controllable from your smartphone, tablet, or PC, you can operate your smart switches anytime, anywhere. These smart switches are made with an ESP8266 Wi-Fi chip produced by ITEAD, and it enables users to switch on/off connected devices in a remote way.

  • Wi-Fi smart wall switches

The wall switch is a very important electrical device in the home, usually located on a wall surface. It can be used to turn on/off light bulbs or control other devices. Smart wall switches provide greater control and automation compared to traditional switches.

With this, you don?t need to make a manual move to the wall switch, rather remote and wireless control is made available via the use of an app on your mobile phone.

  • Wi-Fi smart plugs

They are inserted into an outlet such as a socket, and selected home appliances are attached to it. These plugs are then connected to smart home control devices such as Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, etc.

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This helps turn dumb home appliances into smart devices. A smart plug is like an adapter that serves as an intermediary between your regular socket and the device you want to plugin. They are smart because they are artificially intelligent and allows for flexible control anywhere you are.

Smart plugs help to monitor the energy consumption of the appliance connected to it and allow for scheduled turning on and off of the connected appliances.

  • Wi-Fi smart lighting

It provides ultimate and revolutionary control over lighting activities in the home. You can set up different lighting moods and scenes for watching TV, reading, playing with friends, sleeping, hosting a party, having dinner, etc.

With smart lights, you don?t need to manually switch off the lights when you can easily say ?let there be light?. Smart lights can be controlled using a smartphone or voice command enabled devices. All lights are wirelessly connected, and they interact with each other via Wi-Fi routers.

Complex lighting rules can be created using the control mechanism called IFTTT (IF This Then That).  Smart lights can also be programmed to automatically on or off when you enter or exit a place at home.

  • Wi-Fi smart home security

Smart home security devices allow for the integration of Wi-Fi connected smart devices such as security camera, door and window sensors, alarm and sirens, smart lights and so on to improve security and surveillance in the home.

Via your mobile phone, you can keep tabs on different places in your home, watch recorded clips from security cameras, and get an emergency notification on anything that violates security settings in the home such as burglary.

  • Accessories

These are technological devices that support, protect, or provide value-added to other Sonoff products. They can be used as stand-alone products or can be used together with existing products for increased functionality and efficiency.

  • Zigbee Devices

Zigbee is a state-of-the-art wireless technology that allows the interconnection of smart home devices. In the same way, you need a router for a Wi-Fi network, you also need a hub for a Zigbee network.

Zigbee provides an alternative to a Wi-Fi network. Zigbee devices have features such as low data rate, low power consumption, and secured networking with its IEEE 802.15.4 security framework.

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Control

Sonoff transmits data through Wi-Fi into a cloud server called Amazon AWS global server. This enables users to remotely control all interconnected devices anywhere at any time via mobile applications such as Amazon Alexa, EWeLink, Google Nest, and Google Assistant.

These apps are available in Apple App Store for iOS version, and for Android, it can be gotten on the Play store. These apps provide remote control, touch control, voice control, timing control, share control, camera control, etc.

Sonoff devices require an active internet connection to work. However, improvements have been made since 2018 by the firm?s manufacturing company ITEAD which allows devices to be interconnected using a feature called LAN (Local Area Network).

Once LAN mode is activated, Sonoff devices can be connected to a local network using a connection port without relying on the internet. Only Sonoff firmware version greater than V1.8.0 can operate LAN mode. Here, internet server or stability issues can be avoided.

General features

  1. It is easy to install, easy to handle, and quick to activate.
  2. They can be controlled via mobile device applications such as EWeLink, Google Nest, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant.
  3. It allows for remotely turning on and off of connected devices.
  4. They require internet services on mobile devices to operate more effectively.
  5. It supports different timing schedules for connected appliances.
  6. It gives feedback on the state of home appliances.

Benefits

Sonoff products are for the benefit of all. They provide users access to a high-level technological luxury. Some of the benefits include the following.

  • Health and well-being

Sonoff smart devices can reduce domestic stress, especially over simple tasks relating to the control of home appliances. It can also increase the life expectancy of people, especially old-aged parents.

By preventing unnecessary commuting while at home, employees who have been exhausted due to work stress can get adequate rest as they control necessary appliances from the comfort of their bed.

  • Convenience and enhanced control

Are you in the middle of the night and need to get up to put off the fan because it?s getting too cold or put it on because of the heat? Or are you are already asleep and remembered you haven?t switch on the security lights around the house? Sonoff to the rescue.

Sonoff products have ushered an unprecedented level of convenience into the lives of its users. With products such as smart plugs, you can schedule turning on and off of your fan and air conditioners, and you will not need to wake up again shivering or sweating.

With smart lights too, you can automatically switch on, off, and even dim the lights in the whole house with fewer clicks.

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  • Better energy efficiency

Sonoff products provide energy-saving models at home. By utilizing smart plugs, you can monitor energy usage or consumption of connected appliances and reduce them.

Reducing energy consumption will directly save the cost incurred on electricity. By scheduling power on and off, e.g. on lights and air-conditioners, you can save power when not in use or easily put them off when you remember halfway to your office or already at your office.

By programming lights to on or off when you enter or leave a place at home using motion sensors, you can save energy and prevent wastage.

  • Improved home security

By utilizing smart surveillance devices, you can keep tabs on your family while at work. Also, being able to schedule turning on and off of light bulbs even when on vacation can distract intruders and thieves into believing someone is still very much around in the house.

Door and window sensors, security cameras, automated door locks, alarms, etc. can make life safer, smarter, and more secure for you and your family.

Smart home devices can provide notifications to users of any potential threat to home and properties, can inform external security such as the police and it?s more efficient than manual security systems.

In the long run, you will have been able to save costs that may have been incurred in hiring a security guard and other home assistants.

  • Improved prestige

Sonoff smart product suites can complement and improve your social status, especially when visitors come around. If you are rich, smart product suites in your house will reflect and enhance your status and net worth. It also shows how modern you are well you change with changing technology.

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Adenaya Damilola
Adenaya Damilola is a content creator and an aspiring biochemist. He is interested in music, poetry, and tech. He is also an animal lover.
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