overcoming sonoff missing countdown feature

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doronyon
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overcoming sonoff missing countdown feature

#1 Post by doronyon » 02 Dec 2017, 13:15

Hi every one.

I didnt find the right solution to my problem.

have sonoff POW in my house.
I need an automatic countdown so every time someone activate an appliance it will turn off after a specific period (e.g.30 minutes).
I want to be able to control it from outside my house too.

ewelink don't have that feature (and I see people asking for it for a few months in itead forums).

do you know a method with minimal efford ? I don't want to make it a project. (compile my one code, setup my own server etc.)

1. mybe implement bypass using ifttt ?
2. mybe install firmwire that have a solution like ewelink, only better ?

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Doron

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Re: overcoming sonoff missing countdown feature

#2 Post by papperone » 02 Dec 2017, 13:27

with ESPEasy you can use a timer within the rules to achieve what you just described very easily :)
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Re: overcoming sonoff missing countdown feature

#3 Post by doronyon » 02 Dec 2017, 16:25

Thank you very much.
I understand that ESPEasy is a firmware.
How can it be controlled outside the wifi?
Will I need to install a server?

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Re: overcoming sonoff missing countdown feature

#4 Post by budman1758 » 03 Dec 2017, 08:37

If you mean by "outside the wifi" that you want to control it from "anywhere" then you need to set up a port forwarding rule in your router config to point to your esp unit. Due to security concerns this is generally not recommended. It can be done though. There are many resources on the web to help with the security aspects of it. Depends on your comfort level.
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Re: overcoming sonoff missing countdown feature

#5 Post by doronyon » 03 Dec 2017, 09:47

Thanks.
I agree that it isn't a good solution.
I guess maybe the need to control outside the WiFi maybe isn't necessary enough to make it complicated.
I wish the was a way to use a public service simillar to econtrol or ewelink.

Does esp easy works with android app which can show status or send commands?

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Re: overcoming sonoff missing countdown feature

#6 Post by TD-er » 03 Dec 2017, 10:15

doronyon wrote:
03 Dec 2017, 09:47
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Does esp easy works with android app which can show status or send commands?
ESPeasy isn't designed for that.
It has very limited resources, which makes also implementing security a bit of a hassle.
And also it is harder to update all appliances with new firmware to update for security.
These firmwares (Tasmota, ESPeasy, etc) can communicate with domotica software like HomeAssistant (HASS), OpenHAB, Domoticz, etc.
These domotica applications should perform the task of interfacing with apps from all over the world.

And you should ask yourself whether it is a good idea of opening any application from inside the network to the open internet.
Why not setup some VPN from your phone to your own network and access anything within your network from anywhere in the world.

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Re: overcoming sonoff missing countdown feature

#7 Post by doronyon » 03 Dec 2017, 10:56

The VPN idea sounds great. So the applience will see as if I'm within the Lan.
I will check it out.

Doron

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