Which Smart electrical switches?

Crazy_Eddy

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He wants to know what are some good smart electrical switches.
Or what sort of provisions to make in his wall to accommodate future smart switches?
 
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Where is gmano these days ? i remember his avatar was this guy typing away non-stop.
 

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He wants to know what are some good smart electrical switches.
Or what sort of provisions to make in his wall to accommodate future smart switches?
There are broadly two types of smart switches available. Touch/mechanical smart switches with generally wifi as a communication protocol and small relays that goes behind existing switch boards. They usually use zigbee or z-wave or wifi as a communication protocol. While it is recommended to use z-wave/zigbee as they are more robust but wifi switches are cheaper than them. I recently got my home done from a guy ,my friend knows in gurgaon. I am pretty sure he does projects PAN india. I got 8 z-wave relays from fibaro and 1 zwave gateway. So far it works great. Great thing is it is not dependent on cloud for local control which means i can control all my appliances even if my internet goes down as long as i am in same wifi network. And all of this is wireless so there was no civil work.
 

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The problem with zwave is that the frequency in India is different from US and UK. Hence the cost of zwave products is much higher in India due to much lower volume.

A better choice is to use Zigbee or wifi which have the same frequency everywhere. For wifi switches look into Sonoff.