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ecobee - Switch+ Smart Light Switch - White

Model: EB-SMSWV-01SKU: 6203513

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Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 100 reviews

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would recommend to a friend

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Rating 3.9 out of 5 stars with 5 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very neat product.

    Posted
    NoNameNick
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    When I saw this item, my first thought was, "Brilliant! Alexa built into a light switch!" If you only need to control a single light from a single location, and you don't need a dimmer, this is a great product. I'm sure it would be a challenge to fit 3-way/4-way functionality and a dimmer along with Amazon Alexa and WiFi into a single light switch, so I'm only knocking off one star for that, but it does limit the locations in which I would be willing to install it, as I like to have dimming, and my house has many 3-way and a couple 4-way circuits. I would love to see Bluetooth functionality like the Echo Dot, as well, to allow for playing music on larger speakers, but again, space is likely at a premium. Also, the location at which you are installing the light must have a neutral wire present. If you're not sure about this, contact an electrician. The item arrived securely packaged in a very nice box, and with an additional brochure that was in the shipping box. It gave all the information needed to be prepared for the installation. Included in the box were: the switch, a cover plate, instructions, and four wire nuts. Even if you know what you're doing, read the instructions! Also, download the Ecobee App from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. It offers step-by-step installation guidance that is very helpful, with great photos and instructions. I have a bit of electrical experience, so the installation was quite easy, and only took about 10 minutes. I installed it in a double gang box with a Z-wave fan control, so that added another 10 minutes or so. I used a Legrand wall plate, which fit perfectly, as would any Decora wall plate. It is noteworthy that that there are two black wires marked simply "Switch", and that either can be connected to line or load, so that is one less thing to figure out for the DIY installer. If you don't have experience with electrical wiring, or don't understand the instructions, please hire a licensed electrician. Setup using the Ecobee app was a breeze on the iPhone. It requires your name, email, and a password. Once the account is set up, it guides you through the installation, quickly finds and joins your WiFi network, and is ready to go. It will ask if you want to set up Alexa, then asks for your Amazon login credentials. Once you log in, Alexa is all set up. It also walks you through choosing features by asking if the light is indoors or outdoors, if you want it to turn on and off based on occupancy, etc. Mine is indoors, but I suspect that if one chose outdoors, it would ask if you want it to come on at sunset, and off at a time or at sunrise. Nice energy saving features. Mine is in a bedroom, so we'll have to see if the light comes on if one rolls over in one's sleep. If so, my first guest in that room may demand that I disable the occupancy feature! I use SmartThings for home automation, and adding the switch to my hub was also quick and easy. I opened the SmartThings app, clicked the "plus sign" to add a device, selected "manual", chose "switch", then Ecobee. I was asked to login to my Ecobee account, and the device was instantly added. After the add, I can now group the Switch+ with any of my routines and completely control it through the SmartThings ecosystem. I can also operate the Switch+ from Google Home via SmartThings. Ecobee states that the Switch+ supports Google Home natively, as well. Setting that up in the Google Assistant took just a few clicks, and it works as advertised. It is important to note that Google Assistant is not built in. Google assistant can merely control the switch function. Overall, I think this is a great product within the noted limitations. Ecobee is upfront with noting the limitations, and one has to start somewhere. I think this a great product as the first of it's kind. However, to make it versatile enough to use in every room, additional capabilities need to be added. Dimming, 3-way/4-way functionality, and Bluetooth would make this item a home run!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great concept with some areas for improvement!

    Posted
    dnkmyatt
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    The Ecobee Switch+ is a great concept and I look forward to seeing future improvements on the device. Things I like: - Very easy installation process. If you download the Ecobee app, there are videos and step by step instructions that are very easy to follow. It took me about 20 minutes to install and I'm not the most savvy in this area of expertise. - Great look out of the box as well as on my wall. It looks as if it was always there and is nice an snug against the wall without any indications of not fitting in the place it was installed. - Nice way to have an Alexa installed device in your room without having to worry about placing on a shelf, plugging into an outlet etc. Also works as a motion sensor light and seems to be pretty sensitive to motion. Would come on as I walk into the room where the Switch+ is installed. - Also has a nice nightlight option that can be turned off if preferred. - Will be a great way to measure temperature and motion once connected to an Ecobee thermostat (when this option is enabled in the near future). - I like the improvements to the Ecobee app through my Android device. It's very easy to control the Switch+ through the app and I like how you can now see all temperature room sensors in 1 screen. So that you can see what the temperature is across the house without having to click on each sensor individually. Once the Switch+ is working to measure temperature, I can see this feature being really good. - Has a preset timer that you can program through the app to turn off after a specified time frame. Things I don't like that I hope they improve on: - Currently the Switch+ isn't designed to be installed on the same switch as a ceiling fan. Originally I had mine installed on the same switch as my Master bedroom ceiling fan. I noticed after installing IFTTT on my phone that the light was coming on during times when no one was around and no one had remotely requested it to. After doing further research with costumer support, we concluded that the issue was due to it being installed on the same switch as my ceiling fan. They advised that this could be creating additional heat that would make the sensor think someone was in the room and advised for me to move to a different location to avoid damaging the Switch+. After I moved it, this issue seem to be resolved. - The Switch+ can't be installed on a 2 way or 3 way switch. Between not being able to install on the same switch as a ceiling fan and not being able to install on a 2 way or 3 way switch, this really limited the options I had available to install it. - Doesn't work well with a Mesh Wi-Fi signal. I had a hard time trying to get the Switch+ to connect to my Wi-Fi and after much trouble shooting with Ecobee support, I was finally advised that it could be due to having more than 1 router connected to my Wi-Fi which was making it bounce back in forth between routers. After I disabled 1 router, I had no problem getting it to connect and so far this hasn't been an issue going forward after reconnecting the 2nd router. I believe this is just an issue for initial setup. Once you get the Switch+ connected to the router, it seems to be fine and so far I haven't had to try and reconnect it to my Wi-Fi. - Currently not Bluetooth ready and so you have to listen to music through the small speaker which isn't bad considering the size but could be a lot better with the option to connect to a separate speaker like the Dot allows. - Is currently setup with a setting that whenever the light is manually/remotely turned off and you come back into the room, the light won't go back on without turning back on manually/remotely for 15 minutes. In other words, if I request Alexa to turn off the light or I physically turn off the light and then go back into the room prior to 15 minutes going by, the light won't come on without asking Alexa or physically turning back on. I hope this setting is changed to allow you to disable as this can be a hassle if you have your hands full. Keep in mind, this setting doesn't happen when the light turns off by the timer (based on the time frame you preset). If the light has turned off automatically and then you walk into the room a second later, the light will come back on. - Would have hoped the temperature sensors would have been working before the launch. This was the main reason I was wanting to purchase the Switch+. I thought it would be a nice way to have the additional sensors in different rooms without having to be placed on a shelf or on the wall. Unfortunately this option isn't currently available but is supposed to be working in the near future. I was advised it should be working by the Summer time. So I guess we have to wait and see how well this feature works. My summary: This is my first Alexa ready device which has me looking into adding other items to my house that can be voice activated. I have very high expectations that Ecobee is going to take the right steps to improve on this concept and look forward to all the enhancements that will be coming in the near future. Although my list is long with things to be improved on, I feel that since this is the first design they have come out with that things are only going to get better as they began resolving some of these issues. So far customer support has been very helpful and have indicated that they are taking all of our concerns and suggestions into consideration and are trying to address them. As the issues of concern are addressed, I will try to do my best to update my post and will hopefully see my 4 star review turn into a 5 star review.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Just a few more features and it would be perfect

    Posted
    bzm3j81
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    Before you buy, you need to make sure that use of this switch is for a light that is solely controlled by one switch (no 3 way switch) and you need to have a neutral wire. You also need to be comfortable with household electrical work or call an electrician. Wiring of the ecobee Switch+ was straightforward. Once you confirm you have the correct wiring in your walls, follow proper electrical and safety codes to install the Switch+. You can immediately check your work (after restoring power to the switch) by clicking the button to confirm your light turns on. I have amassed several smart home products but this was my first jaunt into the ecobee ecosystem. One of my pet peeves is having to install yet another app on my phone to control a new product. Disappointingly, this product proved no different. Initial setup of this product was frustrating. I attempted to setup the Switch+ with the ecobee app at least 6 times where the app crashed twice, couldn't connect to my wireless, or wouldn't see the Switch+ device. I became very familiar with the sequence to factory reset the Switch+. At one point the app froze while trying to determine my address. I closed the app and re-opened and finally was able to control the switch with my phone. Luckily, setting up with Amazon Alexa was simpler. Unfortunately, it doesn't have all the features of the Echo Dot. Two features that are missing are the ability to change the trigger word and bluetooth connectivity. With my Echo Dot, I had to change the trigger word because 'Alexa' was being triggered because my daughter's name is somewhat close to 'Alexa'. At the time, we also found out that my youngest couldn't trigger 'Alexa', so we changed the trigger word to 'Computer'. My wife and I have fun with the 'Computer' trigger word since we are sci-fi fans. When I ordered my Switch+ I had a strong desire to set it up so that I could say "Computer...Light On". Alas, I cannot do this out of the box. The option to change the trigger word doesn't appear in the Alexa for this device. To get closer to my desire, I set my Echo dot in the same room and can trigger with "Computer...Kitchen Light On". While the speaker on the switch+ is great for interacting with Alexa, I would like to connect it to a bluetooth speaker for music. This option is also absent from the Alexa app. The Switch+ does have 3 other features that I find nice and well thought out. The first is a motion detect for turning on the light. The second is use of the lack of motion to turn off the light. The third is the built-in night light. Due to the placement of the switch+ in my home, I only use the lack of motion to turn off the light feature. I would probably use the night light feature in my upstairs hallway if this switch made sense there. I have also connected the switch function to my Google Home Mini and to Samsung SmartThings and it all works well. The switch itself works well. There is a slight delay in response, but perfectly functional. The switch looks nice. While I was disappointed with the ecobee setup process, I could overlook it if the Switch+ had the same functionality of the Echo Dot. If ecobee could get that figured out, I would easily swap out several single pole switches throughout my house to this. My house is set up with several 3 way switches. If the next version of the Switch+ could support 3 way switch function, I would be very tempted to overlook the shortcomings and change most of my switches.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best smart switch I own!

    Posted
    TheCharneco

    I had the great opportunity to beta test the ecobee Switch+ from the beginning. Of course with any beta product there were some ups and downs, but from the get-go I found that the Switch+ was an extremely solid product. My initial impressions of having Alexa voice services built into a wall switch were, "Meh...". I honesty didn't get it and didn't know why I needed Alexa in my wall. We have a very connected home with several Alexa enabled smart lights and plugs all over as well as Echo products in many of the rooms. I placed my first Switch+ in the dead center of the home to cover the gap between the two rooms with the Echos. The far-field microphones work very well and it also has Alexa ESP enabled in it so the Echo and the Switch+ don't go off at the same time. Below is a little list of my pros and cons after using this little guy for the last 5 months and why I bought another one. Pros: It's small, compact, and very discrete on my wall! I honestly don't even notice it up there. It's very smart! There is a temperature sensor, light sensor, and motion sensor built-in. It's Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, and Google Home compatible. The speaker in it is surprisingly good and loud. It's not amazing by any means, but it sounds great considering what it is. Alexa works really well and a lot of her skills work on it, including Pandora. It's easy to install. I'm pretty savvy when it comes to electoral stuff, so the install of this took me about 15 minutes and another 5 minutes to do the in-app setup. The Smart On/Off feature is perfect for certain rooms! I have a Switch+ in my closet and it's awesome to be able to walk into the closet, the light turns on, and then I just walk out and the light goes off. Even though I love that feature in the close, there's a con about it too, see below. Cons: Alexa does get activated pretty frequently when not being summoned, but she never responds. I hear the sound that she's been woken up, and then the light just goes off. Currently, it does not link with the ecobee thermostats as a room sensor, but I'm hopefully that's a future addition. The nightlight is a really cool feature and looks nice, but it stays on even when the room is pretty bright, so I turned that feature off. The smart On/Off feature is a GREAT feature...as long as it's not in a room with a lot of activity. I have it in my living room and the light turns on easily anytime you walk into the room, but if you're sitting watching TV it thinks the room is unoccupied and the light will just shut off. So it didn't work for my living room, but still a great feature if you have the right room for it. In the end, it's just a smart switch. If you don't need Alexa or the sensors, then you can save a lot of money and go with a $30 smart switch. If you are already invested in the ecobee ecosystem, then it's worth looking into as an option for your home. All in all, I'm really happy with the Switch+! I purchased another one because I now understand why whole home voice is useful and something I want in my home. I can be almost anywhere in the house and casually ask Alexa anything and she responds most of the time. I can even be walking from room to room, give a command, and BOOM! Alexa delivers. They are a little more expensive than I originally hoped it would be, but when you combine a smart switch, an Alexa, and an ecobee room season, it becomes clear why it's priced the way it is. I'm a big fan of the ecobee product line. I love my ecobee thermostats and have become a big fan of the Switch+.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good but no dimming. Other feature still to come.

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    BeingHonest
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    TL;DR: The switch lack some key features, such as dimming and scheduling, but if you can overlook it, then it's a worthwhile product. Alexa feature works well. The Ecobee app is somewhat lacking with common features simply omitted. There are ways to get around some of the lacking features using the Alexa app or a smart home hub (more on that later). Once you have everything setup, it’s really convenient, but getting a dimmable smart switch along with an Echo Dot may be a better option. Pro: -Set up was simple -Speaker is decently loud -Alexa, motion detection, night light, and room temperature sensor (coming later) all in a small package -Works with Alexa, Google, Homekit, IFTTT, and Smartthings Con: -Not dimmable, surprising for a smart switch of this price range -No scheduling, can’t set time the switch will turn on/off or when the motion detection is active -Room temperature sensor that works with the Ecobee thermostat is coming at a later update -Missing full Alexa features such as drop in and calling and Spotify -Ecobee app control is barebones -Wink Hub not supported, which is weird since the thermostat is compatible. Work Around Tips: The Alexa app allows you to set up some functions missing from the switch and the Ecobee app. To set scheduling for on/off, you can set up a series of events under Routines in the Alexa app, under settings. To use dimming, you’ll need to use smart bulbs, and set up routines to turn on the switch, and set the bulbs to a certain brightness. I have three routines set to 100%, 50%, and 25% activated by voice. Installation was simple. The app walks you through step by step. Keep in mind that if you have a lot of wires or small electrical box, then it becomes more difficult to work with. I had to really cram everything in. The Alexa features well most of the time. A few times it had issues connecting, while my Echo Dot nearby was working fine. It was able to detect my voice even at low volume from across the room. The speakers are clear enough for speech but not great for music. It can’t do drop ins like an Echo can and for now it can only play music from Amazon Music. There are buttons to mute her and activate her, if need be. The other functions is where it gets iffy. A possible deal breaker is that it doesn’t dim. A huge oversight for a smart switch that can do so much. When you first setup the switch through the app, you can choose to use it for outdoor or indoor lighting. Outdoor allows it to turn on/off during sunrise and sunset, that’s it. As an indoor lighting, you have motion detection and a night light. With motion detection, you can set it to use light sensor and auto shut off. The issue with motion detection is that you can’t set a time for when it’s active. That’s one of the main uses of smart switches. If you get up in the middle of the night, it may wake up your spouse. Other times it will turn off since it doesn’t detect motion while you’re sitting still watching tv. Along with the motion detection, you also get a small nightlight. The Ecobee app by itself is somewhat barebones. It’s separated between outdoor or indoor, and only have the settings mentioned above. It seems counterintuitive to have features separated out like that, rather than just combine all of it so that it can be used to its full potential. In order to use scheduling, you have to use another app such as Alexa or one of the supported smart home apps. For dimming you’ll need to use smart bulbs, which defeats the purpose of having a smart switch. If they improve the functionality with their app, so that I don’t have to use another, then I think it can be a really good product. Right now those missing features may be a deal breaker for a lot of people. If you don’t already have an Echo in your room or don’t have a smart hub, then it’s worth a try.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great first product, needs additional features

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    wjtl

    I am comparing this to other devices on the market. I have 38 switches, thermostats etc controlled by Alexa. (Nest, Ecobee thermostats, Wemo switches, Ecobee Switches. I thikn it's a great first attempt and will do everything you will want except for the following things; You can't change the Alexa WAKE word to something other than ALEXA. I use "COMPUTER" on all of the other devices. That is a software change and hopefully not a licensing issue (it's probably a licensing issue!) I hope they can get that done. If you use Alexa for everything it's no big deal but its driving me crazy. I have WEMO switches that allow you to set specific times of the day to come on and off. RULES and such... Ecobee needs to add that. Again, hopefully just software. I assumed they had them but it doesn't. Quike frankly this is the reason they lost 1.5 stars. This unit has sensors to turns things on when someone enters the room. nice, but I don't need that. It's not the same thing. I originally went with the ECOBEE because WEMO won't let you control more than one home from a smart phone. It seems to be a little slower than the DOT and ECHO at acknowledging the WAKE word and turning the blue light on. I am not sure if it is a processor or something else like architecture. I don't think it's me.... maybe someone can explain what I think I'm seeing. The unit will only handle 600 watts incandescent and 150 watts LED. I have no idea why there is a difference? I thought a Watt was a Watt on a SPST switch. While this should be enough for lighting it is less than the WEMO switches which are double that, around 1200 or 1500 watts as I remember. I am not sure if it is going to overheat or just stop drawing over 600 watts or how it knows its LED. My son has a large chandelier with 54 3.5 watt chandelier LED light bulbs. This is not the switch for that unit. Based on how the electrical is wired, some wall switches have one 14/2 wire coming into the switch box with the power already at the light overhead. The light switch simply connects the two wires to complete the circuit. In that case you have a one hot wire and one wire going back to the fixture with the power. It also has a bear ground wire. Electricians will use the black for power and the white for return power. The white in this case is not the neutral. This unit will not work with this configuration. They need a white wire, probably to complete the circuit to keep the electronics working. I just opened up one of my switches to install this and found out there is no white wire. This is a great first attempt at switch; hopefully some of the changes above are just software upgrades that can be made to this unit free of charge. At Christmas etc I was buying ECHO Dot's for $29. You can get the Echo DOT and the WEMO brand switch and its costs less. No Alexa built in but Alexa DOT can control the WEMO switch and I can use the wake word COMPUTER!. The Ecobee good in the kitchen where you might not want an Echo device sitting on your counter but the ALEXA stuff isn't enough to get me excited about buying this switch for other rooms. Again the reason I got it was because of WEMO limitations and it addressed that for me. Fix the wake word, add rules for going on and of at specific times such as "15 minutes after sunset for 5 hours" and such with some software and this would go to 4.8 stars!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Smart switch, a lot of potential

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    TrueReviews20
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    I was pretty excited to set up this switch and it has delivered on most of my expectations. The Alexa integration has become really useful and I'm looking forward to seeing the continual support and improvements that will be made over time. However, this switch also loses a star here because of the limited functionality that should have been released along with the device. As with all of these "Smart" peripherals these day, I think it comes in at a high price-point that moves this switch into a niche market. I was quite happy with the simple setup and Alexa integration. I did not like that I have to download the Ecobee app to set it up, but that's quite common in many products. Although I don't use the Ecobee thermostat (yet), I can understand why those owners are upset that Ecobee didn't include compatibility as a sensor right off the bat. I would definitely recommend this device, especially given its potential for growth. Pros: Easy to install with basic electrical knowledge Alexa integration and functionality Motion sensor Away sensor Light programming Ecobee thermostat sensor (future) Good sound considering size Night light Works with many smart ecosystems (Google, Apple, etc) Generally speaking, the Switch+ is an Amazon Echo Dot plus smart switch. If you're in a different smart system like Google home or Apple, this device is still compatible with them. Ecobee made this to have universal functionality, which is nice. I need to have a few motion light switches and replacing 1 with this switch might push me to swap them all. It picks up motion really well, sometimes too well so you might want to consider the range of detection. Since this is a smart switch, it will turn off the connected lights if you forget to turn them of yourself when you leave. You can also do your own detailed programming (pretty simple to do) and set the connected light on a schedule, such as a porch light. I really liked this function because it can be painful to perform on some hardware store switches. You can use the Alexa to control the lights as well, nice if you're lazy like me and want to turn off the lights when you're in bed/on the couch. I was pleasantly surprised with the sound quality on this device. It gets loud enough to hear across a medium size room and music sounds good. I would have liked to see this device has the ability to connect to a bluetooth speaker. Overall, I can't complain with the sound output from a wall switch. The night light is a great feature as well. I should also mention that installing this into your existing or new switch should be quite simple if you have basic electrical knowledge. Cons: Limited functionality No bluetooth Slow roll-out Large size may limit installations Price The Switch+ will get better as time goes on, which is far more than many smart peripherals offer. It is disappointing to see some important features, like Ecobee sensor, not available from the start. It doesn't matter to me right now since I do not use their thermostat. I would have liked to see more Alexa functionality such as intercom and whole-house music play. Maybe these features could be added overtime, but it would be nice to have now. Including bluetooth would have been very useful to connect an external speaker. The large size may cause issues when installing into an existing box. I was able to squeeze it into a box with two switches. Boxes with a lot of wiring could pose a potential problem. Lastly, I'm not too fond of the price point. Although it is not extravagant considering most smart peripherals are more expensive, I believe this could be cheaper. I won't be replacing switches by the dozen, but this is good for a few. In the end, this is a good device and would recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Smart switch, motion sensor, timer, Alexa, more!

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    xKing
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    It's a real exciting combination of a few smart home devices in a single package. Smart switch that is controllable via most of the voice activated platforms - HomeKit, Google Home, Amazon Alexa, it's a motion detector and occupancy sensor that can turn itself on or off depending on room occupancy status, it's a timer that can be set to turn light on at sunset and off at sunrise (for the outside light), it's an automatic night light and it's a smart speaker with integrated Amazon Alexa in it! HomeKit integration is nicely done - switch is represented by 4 HomeKit accessories - Light switch itself, Motion sensor, Occupancy Sensor, Light level sensor. That alone opens a way for many HomeKit based automations! Installation process went very easy, just follow the instructions, there are 4 wires coming out of a back of the device - ground, neutral and 2 black wires which could be connected to line and load, you don't even have to figure out which wire in a box is a hot one! Switch comes with a very nice screw-less plate but could be installed with a regular plate as well in a multi-gang box. Integration with Ecobee account, HomeKit, Amazon Alexa and Google Home services went without a problem. HomeKit pairing code is printed on the front of a quick start guide and also on the back of a wall plate. Speaker quality is good for the size, I would not play music on it (it sounds like if you would play it out of a speakerphone), but Alexa's voice is very clear. Switch has 2 microphones on the bottom and microphone sensitivity is enough to hear me 20 feet away. There are 2 hardware buttons on top - microphone off (switch glows red if microphone is muted) and "attention" just in case you would like to trigger Alexa without saying her name. One point that I did not like is that pig tails on the back of a switch are just 18AWG wires. Switching capacity is just 600W incandescent or 150W CFL/LED so make sure not to power anything larger than that, definitely no motors! Otherwise I like this smart switch a lot, it's a great value for the money providing you with at least 6 devices in a single package.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A new addition to the smart home

    Posted
    MikeM

    I was a beta tester for this product. Installation was simple and easy as with most ecobee products. If you can follow instructions then you shouldn't have a hard time. This switch did a lot more than just act as Alexa. It is also an ecobee sensor (room participation pending) so I was able to move my extra sensor to another room. It worked flawlessly with Apple's Homekit (heavily invested in this). The switch plus paired with my ecobee3 without any issues. The ecobee app works great and is easy to use. Having Alexa built in was genius. Instead of buying numerous Alexa devices which required a power source this kicked that issue out the door. Alexa worked pretty good, but keep in mind you have to use the Alexa app to activate various 'skills'. I was initially skeptical as I'm an Apple user. But Alexa did everything I asked, within it's activated skills, and sometimes even surprised me. The speaker is decent but not a replacement for a real audio system. The look of it is pretty sleek. PROs: -Alexa built in -Has ecobee sensor built in -motion detection -Various smarthome platforms supported -ease of installation -sleek looking switch CONs: -not 3 way switch capable -a little tight in the switch box -Alexa built in -speaker is not amazing This is a perfect addition to a smart home. It is not a replacement for a full fledged audio system. It does not have bluetooth to cast music. It's a light switch with smart features not a smart phone or a computer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Cool Smart Home Device

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    mstanleynh
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    I've slowly been adding Smart Home devices to my house and was excited to install the ecobee Switch+ Smart Light Switch. In the box is the switch device, a bag of 4 wire connectors and directions. The directions point you to the ecobee App and there is an installation walkthrough in the app. You do have to work with wiring, so follow the directions closely and if not comfortable, have an electrician do the installation. Install is straight forward, disconnect the existing switch and connect the appropriate wires for the new ecobee Switch+ device. Once all wires are connected and the switch is screwed cack into the wall box, it's ready to go. Turn the power back on and walk through the setup process on the app. Once installed, the switch can be configured through the app, there are options to set up the Smart On, Smart Off and Night Light features. Alexa also needs to be connected to the ecobee switch. This is done through a combination of the ecobee and Alexa app. Once connected, you need to set up the ecobee / Alexa skills. Once set up, Alexa can turn the light on and off and also provide all sorts of the usual Alexa information including weather, news, etc. Pros: - easy installation and setup - great looking and functional switch for smart home - lots of great automated features for controlling lights Cons: - due to the physical size of the switch, it's a very tight fit getting it into the wall box. - not all features appear to be available currently - scheduling being one of them - setting up Alexa Skills was a bit of a challenge - I'm not an Alexa user, so was all new to me - couldn't add it to Apple Home Kit with the provided barcode Overall, the ecobee Switch+ device is a great addition to any smart home. It's easy to install, setup and use and is great looking as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Once Past Installation, A Nifty Gadget

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    HonestJohn
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    There’s a lot to like about this device and its associated app. Clearly there was a lot of thought and testing before it was released. Both the enclosed instructions and the app are designed to encourage the buyer to try the “easy” installation with a few hand tools. In print and on screen it’s clear that ecobee wants the buyer to be safe and feel confident about the installation with clear step-by-step instructions and videos. I am a very experienced DIYer and have installed many dozens of electrical boxes, outlets, switches, coax and other wiring in the past 40 years. I applaud ecobee’s concern for safety, but I think they are a bit optimistic about the ease of installation. First, one must find a suitable switch location. It cannot be in a 2- or 3-gang box because the unique cover plate will not fit. Second, there must be a white neutral wire, which one cannot assume is in all locations. Third, if a buyer is replacing an existing switch (the norm) the box may already be filled with wires and nuts; adding four more connectors can easily overstuff the box and the depth of the switch will compound that issue. (I’d suggest before opening the ecobee packaging that the buyer look carefully at the intended location and check the amount of space available.) Finally, the switch comes with slender wires which do not firmly fit into wire nuts when the other connections are larger copper. In sum, installation required a bit more expertise and a few more tools than the manufacturer indicated for a safe, enduring installation. Once installed, linking to Amazon’s Echo (I did not try other services) was a snap, as was the registration process. The features claimed by the brochure and instructions worked easily and well. There is a useful color ban on the switch that alerts you to the current mode (e.g., is Alexa listening?). Using the app to customize the functions was generally easy but required some patience to understand the functions and achieve the desired results. The built-in speaker is fine for simulated voice Alexa responses, news, weather) but although one can listen to music on it, few users will find it pleasurable. In sum, this is a nifty, multi-featured gadget that continues to add to the ever-growing connectivity-of-everything craze. While installation can be challenging depending on the current configuration of the box, most people should be able to master it with the provided guidance or can call an electrician. Once connected, set-up is easy and the uses varied.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice alternative to having Echo Dots all over!

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    This past holiday season, I gave in to my curiosity to see what all the hoopla over “Alexa” was all about. Fast forward 6 months and I now have 3 Alexa enabled speakers in my home and quite a few Alexa compatible devices including light switches, thermostats and sprinkler system! The whole family uses it, the kids asks Alexa to tell them a joke, sing the technology song the time, weather, you name it, they ask Alexa! So when the opportunity to test out the new ecobee enabled light switch, I thought we’d be the perfect family to test it. At first, I couldn’t understand what it was, I thought it was another smart switch that’s compatible with Alexa. I was surprised to learn it was a Alexa assistant built into a light switch form factor! This is genius, the full power of Alexa with the subtle packaging of a common switch! The installation was the easy part, as long as you have a common wire (white wire). A total of 4 wires had to be connected, then you’re in business! The pairing mode was the most troublesome part for me, the app would detect my WiFi, but got hung up when it tried to configure the switch. I reseted the ecobee switch 2x and tried again, I finally got it to work. The switch has a few convenience features built in, such as night light, motion activated, occupancy sensor. But the main feature your buying this for is the Alexa! Alexa worked very well in my tests, the speaker was loud and clear. I don’t think music would sound good on it, but for speech, it’s very good. While it’s a great idea and executed very well, there are a few drawbacks. I noticed the microphone doesn’t seem as sensitive as the Echo’s I have. I’m sitting approximately 5’ away from the switch, but it seems like I have to speak louder then normal, borderline shouting to get the ecobee to respond. Intercom or drop in feature is not supported. This was one of the main features I wanted the switch for. I figure I can get my kids to come down for dinner when they’re upstairs with this drop in feature. But unfortunately it’s not supported. I hope this will be supported by the ecobee in the future. Although I don’t have an ecobee smart thermostat, the temperature feature is not yet available. Dimming would’ve been a nice feature to have. Overall, this is a nicely package Alexa device with a few drawbacks. It’s functional and aesthetically pleasing. The alternative is having hockey pucks mounted around your home, no thanks! This is a nice start, hope it’s improved upon.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Another small step into the future

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    The ecobee Switch+ Smart Light Switch adds an interesting touch to most any room. I installed the switch in a bathroom because it was one of the few places I had a single switch that was only controlling a light. The installation was fairly easy but it did require a four wire connection. My home was built in 2004 so I had the wiring needed. The wall switch was quite crowded with wires and the ecobee itself also takes much more of the outlet box then a simple on and off switch. But I was able to stuff the wires far enough that I did get the switch to install and fit correctly. I did turn off the power to that outlet from the main breaker and I would recommended anyone doing there own install to do the same. You will need to install the phone app for your Android or IOS device to setup the smart light features. The app has quite a bit of help videos so you might want to check them if you have an older home for help if needed. Once registered I was able to connect to my WiFi network. The whole process might have taken about half an hour. By default the switch can manually turn lights on and off, has a motion sensor to turn on the lights on when it detects motion and also has a night light. Once you setup the device on your Amazon account you have voice activation and full Alexa support. It also supports Google Assistant, Siri via its HomeKit support, SmartThings and IFTTT. Pretty much the current leaders in the voice assistant hardware market. A few days after the install the app was updated which is a good sign and should be expected for a switch in this price range. So far it has been working very well and I have had no issues or problems with its operations. The speaker is clear and the Alexa voice sounds very good. The music playback was better than I expected and it is nice to listen to the top new stories or weather getting ready for work. If your adding to your smart home devices this is clearly a nice addition. Since you already have a light switch your not giving up counter space or have a wall plug to work with. It would be easy to take for granted the power that is behind this switch but that power and utility is growing all the time. If you want to add to your smart home network this is a winner and should be a standard fixture in new home builds. And I expect it will become the normal. When that day comes it will be strange to think we ever had dumb switches.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Idea with a few shortcomings

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    The Ecobee Switch + is a pretty cool gadget on paper, a voice controlled smart switch with Alexa built in. And it works just like it's advertised, which is awesome. Installing is just like installing any other light switch, the companion app has some pretty detailed instructions with videos but, it still is electrical wiring do be careful. I had a few hiccups getting everything paired, the app crashed once and carried everything to get stuck but, once it got caught up everything was up and running. The switch allows you to switch lights off like a normal switch and control then with Alexa his the built-in microphones and speakers. The microphones and speaker work ok. The microphone had a hard time picking up my voice from across the room. The speaker is what you would expect it if a tiny speaker. It is functional and clear but, wouldn't be good for music, which I don't believe is supported. You can check the weather and time and things like that which is also cool. It features a switch to turn off the always listing if you don't like the idea of Alexa listening to you and another button to manually start Alexa. I never had any problems with Alexa once I got thoughts started and the switch also works with smart things and Google Assistant. Do, you can control the switch with your Google home. Shortcomings --- My biggest complaint is that the switch doesn't support dimming. As someone who using coming a lot I find it hard to justify a light switch at this price point without dimming functionality. I also want too impressed with Alexa. I've gotten used to Google Assistant and had a hard time figuring out the exact phrase to turn the lights on and off. I actually had to change the name of the lights from "Dining room" to "Dining Room lights" because Alexa would not register the phrase unless I specifically named it "lights". I wish Google Assistant was built in also but, I guess that could always be done via software updates. I also had a strange yellow light that blocked on my unit for a few days that was really annoying, no idea what it meant but, it eventually stopped blinking on it's own. Overall, the switch does exactly what it advertises and it does it well. If you are looking for something like what this light does, you will enjoy it. I just feel is missing a few things for me to justify the price.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great smart switch but install can be a challenge

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    It's hard to imagine anyone who would not be happy with the Ecobee Switch+ -- unless perhaps they had to install it. Once that's done, it works great, providing lots of functionality in a very small package. It's especially good if your house is not already populated with one or more of Amazon's Echo family since the Switch+ functions as a tiny Echo Dot and all the additional smart home tricks that extend from that. You can use your voice to turn on any smart lights you have in the house in addition to the one you just wired the Switch+ to. A microphone and speaker are built in and the sound is about as good as a Dot despite its tiny size. Now consider it also has a built-in motion detector and night light and you've got a pretty darn smart switch. As usual, these days, everything is controlled by a smartphone app. Fortunately, it worked well, stepping me easily through the process of connecting to the wi-fi network and enabling the Echo skill needed to add control of my smart light network. My only point of confusion was that there are a different set of built in functions, depending on whether you want the Swtich+ to be in inside light mode or outside light mode. The motion sensor, for example, only works on inside mode (It can turn lights on or off when you enter or leave a room, for example). To change it, go to the Smart Features menu and click the liittle "i" with a circle around it to switch back and forth. But about that installation. Hmm. Well it could be easy or hard, depending on where you want to put it and the state of your household wiring. The bad news is the switch must replace one that controls a light or outlet all by itself. The light or outlet cannot be one that is wired to two switches. And there must be a neutral wire involved in the location where you want it, which depending on how your house is wired, might also be a problem. Electricians can take shortcuts that leave you without one, even though it might appear you have one (a white wire -- normally the neutral --that really should be black). If you don't feel comfortable with this kind of troubleshooting, hire an electrician. Which increases the cost considerably. If you can get past that hurdle, however, you are in business. The Switch+ is a great addition to any smart home.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Product, Easy Installation

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    I have Google and Alexa devices but this was our first smart home connected device. In the box you get the switch, a snap on faceplate, wire connectors and a small manual. It is advised to immediately install the Ecobee app or go online to their website where you get step by step instructions. The installation if fairly easy, though I initially had some difficulty getting the motion sensor to work and to get Alexa to recognize the device by name when given a command to turn the light on or off. However, after a factory reset everything worked fine. We installed the switch in our family room which is located near the enrty to our house. This way when we enter the house the motion sensor turns the light on. Also, when we enter our family room to watch tv we often have our hands full with snacks or food and it is convenient to have the light automatically turn on. You can also have the light automatically turn off after you leave the room. You can set the timer at 15, 30 or 60 minutes. The microphone is excellent and picks up my voice from anywhere in the room. The speaker quality is better than my echo dot. The device also has a night light which you can set to tun on automatically when it is dark. Overall, we are thrilled with this product as it takes the place of of an Amazon Echo speaker and a nightlight, and is a great introduction or addition to a smart home. It will work with Google Assistant, which I may switch to shortly. I highly recommend this product and will probably buy more of them.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pushing the smart home forward, but lacking some k

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    This device really packs a lot into a confined housing, and is relatively easy to install - if you can replace a light switch, you can install this device yourself. The allure of this device combines a light switch, an ecobee remote temperature/occupancy sensor (more on that below), and an Amazon echo dot into a device that mounts on the wall and is very unobtrusive. ecobee did a great job making a beautiful light switch that is packed with functionality. So why only 3 stars? First, the limited application. This light switch can only be installed as a replacement for a single-pole, non-dimming switch. I have quite a few 3-way switches and dimming fixtures in my house, which limits the places I can put the device to about 30% of my light switches, most of which are in tiny areas like bathrooms and closets. In order to achieve the dream of "whole-home voice", ecobee needs to take the next step and release a switch with 3-way switch compatibility and dimming built in. For $99, this should be included. Second, the delay or absence of key features. As an ecobee thermostat owner, I was excited to have the built-in temperature sensor to allow me to move one of my room sensors to a new location. Sadly, that feature is not coming until the summer (hardware is present, software isn't ready). For a company that was founded on producing thermostats and remote temperature sensors, this is a miss. The occupancy sensor is a key piece but the occupancy data is not surfaced (yet?) through the app so I can see what areas of my house are occupied, as I do with remote temperature sensors. Also, the lack of flexibility in scheduling is a bit frustrating. I can set an exterior light on at Sunset, and off at a particular time (recent add - thank you!!), but can't simply set an on-and-off schedule like I can with most other IOT devices. I hope ecobee continues to listen to their customers and implement these features to continue making the smart-home experience enjoyable and unintrusive.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good Product, but limited options

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    I want to start off with the fact that the product works as expected but it can be limited on where you can install it. Before you purchase this product think about where you want to install it. Things to consider: the existing switch should be relatively new (old wiring will probably not work or require electrical prep work first), it does not work with 3-way switches only 2-way, it is a single switch so if you have a 2, 3, or more switch plate you will need to modify it to use this single switch. So I had difficulty with the install the first time I tried this and had to chose another switch to use. You will need a load and lead line as well as a neutral and ground for this to work. Most new wiring (80's and on) should be okay, but older switches that ran the load line straight the light won't work. Also the switch is rather large compared to a standard switch so if you don't have a lot of space in the wall switch box it may not fit (about 2" deep and no space on the side) The second time around worked better and smooth as described in the directions. Wire-tie all the correct wires inside the box to the switch as explained in the book. It took me about 30 minutes (turn off your power first) Once installed it will take a few minutes to start working, and you will need to install the app on a mobile device to set up the auto and voice control features. I had hoped to install in my bathroom to use for the auto-on/off light as well as play music through Alexa, however I remembered that you need to have an additional subscription to play music on multiple devices. The other Alexa functions work so far-News, weather, info. It took a long time for the motion sensor light features to work, so that setup may take longer for you. I did not install the daylight/night time auto sensor for outdoors (since mine is installed inside) This product would have probably received a 4 star rating had it not been for the limited options of where to install it.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing smart switch, great value for money

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    For those with an Ecobee this is an amazing add on - you not only get a smart switch (that can be controlled by the Ecobee app & the apple homekit/siri, google home, IFTTT and they say it can be controlled by Alexa, but so far the Ecobee skill just gives Alexa temp control for me). As far as sensors go the switch has a light/lux sensor/temp sensor/motion &occupancy sensor (I believe the difference has to do with 1 being used for detecting motion right now vs motion within the last 5 min as normal Ecobee sensors work) & they say it is sensitive to humidity to a certain percentage, but from everything I've seen it doesn't actually have a humidity sensor (or at least it's not enabled). The switch is setup using the Ecobee app, so no other apps necessary, where you select whether it will be used to control an indoor or outdoor light switch. This basically determines how it will behave when the sun goes down and it detects motion. When it gets dark there is a nifty little LED that points downward underneath the switch so you can find it & isn't invasive at all - and within the app you control the timer regarding when it should automatically shut off the light (when it's dark). The Alexa bit is, well, Alexa - it can do almost everything a regular Echo can do except you can't rename the call word (although I feel like I'm the only one that changed it to Echo...) & you can't use the 'drop in' feature which allows you to use Echos as an intercom - this is something that really bums me out. Because of this I don't think you can initiate calls from the switch, but I do know that when you use the new 'notify all' feature Alexa on the Ecobee Switch+ is included in your broadcast. It's an amazing bit of kit packed into a light switch (which is often on sale for $79!)

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Most Useful Smart Device I Own

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    I purchased this with BB points awhile back and installed it in our kitchen while my wife was out of town. When she came back she was slightly annoyed that I spent my time installing this but now she loves it. It interfaces with our existing ecobee 3 lite thermostats & motion sensors and it also acts as a motion sensor on its own. It will show you the current temp in the room where you installed it, plus it will use its motion detection ability to turn the light(s) in the room on/off depending on your settings in the app that were done during setup. I could go into extreme detail about this device, but just look at what all it’s capable of doing. My wife or I can walk into the kitchen, the light automatically turns on, we can put groceries away, and once we start preparing food we’ve got Alexa there to assist with recipes, timers, and controlling other smart devices without having to wash our hands and go grab the remote, or our phone, or anything. The ecobee Switch + is unbelievably convenient. Ever since it purchased & installed the one in our kitchen I’ve been looking for other rooms where one maybe effective. I’m thinking the garage - our overhead garage door light is very dim, but there’s a switch next to the door for another much brighter light. Plus I’d have access to Alexa while I’m working in the garage. Either way, for the cost this is one of the most versatile smart devices that we own. It’s become so convenient that we actually take it for granted that it’s there and forget. I cannot recall the last time I manually turned on our kitchen lights.

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