Nope, you don’t have to do anything fancy—or expensive—to control your living room lights with your iPhone or Android phone. Just plug the Wemo Mini Smart Plug (on sale for $30) into any power socket, then (with the help of a free mobile app) connect the plug to your Wi-Fi network.
Once that’s done, you’ll be able to control whatever’s plugged into the smart plug—a lamp, a fan, or anything else—using your phone. You can also program the plug to turn on and off on a schedule, while an “away” mode toggles the power randomly to fool would-be burglars. Got an Amazon Echo? If so, you can even control the Wemo smart plug with your voice.
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