I’m so excited about this so I’ll dive straight in. The company is called ATHOM and they make smart sockets and lights pro-programmed with TASMOTA. I took the smartsocket out of the box, plugged it into the mains, told my phone to look for access points and it found “tasmota_D3F950-6480”.
I pointed the phone to that access point and looked at website 192.168.4.1
If you’ve never used the freely available Tasmota firmware before, this is the standard address for setup. On that page I entered my normal Wifi (2.4Ghz) access point and password and gave the socket a new “Hostname” – “Athom-1”.
So what’s new about this? Nothing except that this is the simplest smartsocket setup I’ve ever done – no messing about removing cloud controls, no APP, SIMPLES. Within seconds, on my PC, at the address “http://athom1.broadband” the new power monitoring socket appeared, ready to go.
If manufacturers were not so keen on pushing their cloud offerings down our throats, it would ALWAYS be this easy. As for the voltage reading (below) I can see some calibration coming on if I want to use power monitoring – but that is all described over at Theo Arends’s Tasmota site –
Backlog VoltageSet <voltage>; CurrentSet <current>; PowerSet <wattage>
See above where it says “Console” in the image. I just entered “voltageSet 244” – because, believe it or not, my handy meter says that’s what I’m getting right now here in rural Spain. Anyone interested in calibrating such sockets might wish to look here.
I also received in the post the Athom 7W RGBWW E27 lamp – JUST as easy – I plugged the lamp into a handy socket, turned it on and – white light. I asked my phone to go looking for access points and “tasmota_D3FB8D-7053” appeared. I did the same again – pointed the phone to that access point, went to the page at 192.168.4.1 and punched in my normal access point details.
No template to set up – all pre-programmed. I’m impressed. AND the whites are good – a nice bright white from cold (6000k) to quite warm (3000K) – and the usual range of full RGB colours. With a total power consumption of 7W this gives a decent amount of light out, but I’m itching to try the 15w version as well. In common with just about all other RGB lights of this wattage I’d describe the whites as bright but the colours as more “decorative” (not that I’m complaining). I’d really like to see something with maybe 9w per colour but no doubt that would greatly increase the cost..
While not particularly recommending AliExpress, here is the Athom Store within it until I come up with a better link…
Update april 2021: Meanwhile – as well as the voltageset and other things I mentioned above – if you want dusk and dawn use, go into the Tasmota console and fill in: Longitude x and latitude y where x and y are your logitude and latitude from Google maps… this info is non-voltatile. I needed this and I put in a timezone value so I could use the 16 internal timers in Tasmota (i.e. 8 on, 8 off). NOT setting the timezone (+2 for Spain) had me going for hours. My thanks to sfromis, barbudor and others in the TASMOTA DISCORD channel (under “beginners”). The Tasmota on my Athom socket was old – v8.5 – I’ve upgraded it to 188.8.131.52 (Leslie) (development) by locally loading the MINIMAL version of Tasmota then going for the full OTA upgrade minutes later.