Unitify Alexa/Google UK Smart Socket

In the past, I have experimented with cheap wifi and Bluetooth home devices with distinctly mixed results. At home, I currently use LightwaveRF switches with my Amazon Echo and Google home setups and this works well but needs a hub to be connected to my router. This socket from Unitify requires no hub and connects directly to Amazon Echo and Google Home. It is assigned its own IP number by the router and is easy to identify online.

In the box was the plug itself and… nothing more, no User Guide was included in the simple but attractively designed mid-market product box. The plug itself is well made, nicely designed and feels robust enough for long-term everyday use. I was pleased to see that it is not too wide and should fit fine into a multi-socket wall fixture. It has a large blue/red power status LED on the front which doubles as a proper clicky button that you can feel engaging.

Setting it up was easy enough and in fact, I did not even notice the lack of a User Guide, the Amazon product page was enough. The eFamilyCloud app has to be downloaded first for Apple or Android. To setup, the plug follow the instructions in the app, plug the socket in and the LED starts flashing quickly, select the device type from the list, input your wifi password, let the app detect the device on the network. The switch can then be controlled by the app and you can add the Alexa and Google Home eFamilyCloud skills to get in onto their ecosystem. The eFamilyCloud app will walk you through this. I was pleased to see that the socket was also recognised by the Smart Life app which I also use for other devices and could be controlled from there too.

The app is excellent and does much more than just allow you to add the plug to Alexa and Google. The app will also allow the plug to be triggered by events such as you entering and leaving the house, sunrise/sunset, etc and will work in conjunction with a wide range of wifi devices from the same manufacturer. I doubt most users will use any app but once registered with Alexa or Google will control is just through voice, as I do.

This is an excellent product in its own right and when integrated with Alexa or Google really can start to transform your home.

The Good
Good price
Works with Alexa
Works with Google Home
Excellent App
No hub needed
Part of wide range of devices
Off/On button
Status LED

The Bad
No User Guide with my device
Plug LED very bright

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