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Integrating WiFi Switches/Plugs that use the Tuya SmartLife App or eWeLink app


Hi JDRoberts

Thx for your quick reply.
Just read the privacy policy from Samsung.
I am not really sure if they are much better?
But at least the chinese goverment will not by spying then😂

Do you know any control software like ST or smart life that not will collect that many private data?

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Basically you have to go to a system that runs everything locally. You can use one of the free software systems like home assistant or one of the commercial hub products like Hubitat. Even if you aren’t crazy about the privacy policy as written, if everything runs locally and the hub does not report the activity back to the company, they won’t have any information to pass along.

Another option is to go to apple’s HomeKit, which has much stronger privacy built into it.

None of these are perfect and some of them will require more expensive devices, so you just have to look on a case by case basis.

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(Bob5731) #23

how to it setup?


(Sas1984 Smitty) #24

Has anyone been able to have direct integration with flashed tuya devices via either WeMo emulation or the device handlers? It looks like most of the files have been deleted pertaining to device handlers and a smartapp that used to be available. I was able to import about 20 tuya devices into smarthings using the Hue emulation which is available in Tasmota. I tried the Wemo emulation but ST was unable to find any devices. The only issue with the Hue is that everything appears as a bridged child device and everything appears as a light-bulb (which in itself isn’t really an issue) Direct integration would still be preferred if possible. I’ve also found the response time to be slower when using the emulation. When two tethered devices ran through tuya it would be almost instantaneous. If I run it locally with tasmota and hue, its about 3 to 4 seconds before the second device responds. (worth it for the security, just not sure if theres an easier way to go about this)


(Nathan Reinauer) #25

Does the IFTTT method still only control on/off for wifi plugs that use SmartLife? I’m considering some Teckin plugs on Amazon that have the ability to do energy monitoring, but if I can only turn them on or off I might as well get the IKEA zigbee ones for the same price.


(Sas1984 Smitty) #26

You are correct, IFTTT will only control the on/off. If you choose the tasmota flashing route, you may get more functionality without using the third party service. If you are able to get additional functionality from the zigbee devices and are just looking to save time, it is definitely a feasible option.

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I’ve been trying to follow the IFTTT recommendations for adding a switch, but have run into a hitch that I haven’t seen mentioned elsewhere. When I turn on or off the smartthings virtual switch, the IFTTT runs and the real switch correctly turns on and off. When I turn on and off the switch from the SmartLife app, the switch of course turns on and off, but the IFTTT routine is never triggered. If I open the applet on IFTTT and manually click the “Check now” button, the applet runs and correctly updates my virtual switch. Does anyone have any thoughts or ideas of what I can do?


(Max) #28

Do you have two IFTTT routines set up for each action? One for ST->Smartlife and one for Smartlife->ST?
Even with that setup, the Smartlife->ST routine is not very reliable. It works some of the time, but not all of the time.



Yes, so 4 total applets.
It’s too bad that the main solution is so buggy. Although I haven’t had it work at all, It probably isn’t worth the effort to fix. I guess I need to buy new hardware or look into flashing firmware.



Do you use an echo device? You can also use echo as the “man in the middle” integration in a method similar to the IFTTT method but which seems to be more reliable right now as long as the third-party switches are working reliably with echo.