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ecobee Switch+ Smart Switch with Amazon Alexa
Author: Bill Lepse
Manufacturer: ecobee
Source: ecobee
Purchase: Amazon.com
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April 27, 2018

A few years back I reviewed the ecobee 3 smart thermostat, and while overall I was very happy with the unit, one issue I had was that it only came with one remote sensor. Since that time I have added four more sensors and have been quite happy with the performance and battery life. Recently ecobee released the Switch+ smart switch which has Amazon's Alexa built-in like the ecobee 4, replaces a standard SPST switch, and can act as a room sensor. I was eager to try one of these out so I ponied up the $100 on pre-order with Amazon.

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Features and Specifications:

As mentioned above, this little switch packs quite a bit inside. There is built-in Alexa with microphone and speaker, a motion sensor, light sensor, temperature sensor, night light, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n @ 2.4GHz, and it is designed to be controlled through the ecobee app. In addition it can be integrated with HomeKit, Alexa, SmartThings, IFTTT, and Google assistant.

Since this is obviously designed to replace a standard wall switch (SPST), you can toggle your light locally. But you can also control it with Alexa voice commands, IFTTT, SmartThings, and via the ecobee app. It can handle loads of 600W incandescent or 150W LED or CFL, but it is not rated for inductive loads. To confirm if your location is compatible you can check out this page on ecobee’s site.

The following data was taken from ecobee's site:

» Product Dimensions
   » Switch
      » Length: 106 mm
      » Width: 45 mm
      » Depth: 50 mm
      » Wire length: 202 mm
   » Wall plate
      » Length: 119 mm
      » Width: 75 mm
      » Depth: 7 mm
» Sensors
   » Temperature
   » Occupancy
   » Ambient Light
» Voice & audio
   » Built-in Alexa Voice Service
   » Built-in microphones
   » Built-in speaker
   » Far-field voice recognition
» Electrical requirements
   » Rating: 120V AC 60Hz
   » 600W incandescent
   » 150W LED and CFL
   » Neutral wire required
   » Not compatible with 3 way
   » Works with single/double/multi-switch rocker style plates
   » Indoor dry location use only
» Wiring
   » Neutral and Ground wire required for operation
   » Automatic Line and Load Switching
» Device compatibility
   » Android smart devices running Android 4.4 or higher
   » iOS smart devices running iOS 9 or higher
» System requirements
   » Wi-Fi router with an internet connection
   » Either Android 4.4 or higher/iOS 9 or higher
   » WiFi 802.11 b/g/n @ 2.4 GHZ
   » ecobee mobile application
» Connectivity & Security
   » Wi-Fi, IEEE 802.11 b/g/n @ 2.4 GHz
   » Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA/WPA2) and Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP)
   » DHCP (dynamic) IP addressing
   » Transport Layer Security (TLS)
   » 915MHz
» Bandwidth
   » 15+ MB/month (dependent on Alexa Voice Service usage)
» Works with
   » Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, Samsung SmartThings, IFTTT and more.
» Sustainability
   » Lead free
   » Mercury free
   » Arsenic free
   » PVC free
   » ROHS compliant
» Temperature Range
   » Desired temperature: 45° to 92°F (7° to 33°C)
   » Sensitivity: +/- 2°F (+/- 1°C)
   » Operating: 32° to 130°F (0° to 55°C)
» Humidity Range
   » Display: 20% to 90% RH
   » Sensitivity: +/- 5% RH
   » Operating: 5% to 95% RH (non-condensing)
» Storage
   » -31° to 113°F (-35° to 45°C)
   » 5% to 95% RH (non condensing)
» Warranty
   » 1-year limited warranty
» Languages
   » English

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