Review: HomeKit Compatible Outdoor Switch Arrives Just in Time for Holidays

Just in time for Halloween, I was able to try the Outdoor Switch ($79.95) from iDevices. It's about two to three times the price of traditional indoor smart power switches; but this works outside, which is certainly important for holiday lights and other appliances. You can use the free iDevices app (with Apple Watch extension) to control your switch, as well as the iDevices indoor switch, but for best effect, set up the devices within HomeKit or Amazon Alexa (or both) and use your voice to control your outdoor lights. Of course you can also use scheduling to turn them on or off. You could get creative and use motion sensors to turn on devices, perhaps to scare or entertain trick or treaters!

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The Outdoor Switch sports two outlets, but they are both either on or off. You can't turn one outlet on or off independently. To be honest, I had some difficulty getting it to work, but reached out to their support staff and, even on a Saturday, got it resolved that day. I think the problem was that I had Wi-Fi Assist on, so communication was not strictly on my Wi-Fi network. Instead, I was sometimes using cellular data, so that prohibited things.

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Pros

  • Weather proof
  • HomeKit compatible
  • Amazon Alexa compatible
  • Dual outlets
  • Good service and support

Cons

  • Can be tricky to set up
  • Expensive, but little competition

Final Verdict

If you are looking for a way to control outdoor lighting via HomeKit or Alexa, the Outdoor Switch from iDevices is the way to go. 

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.