Is "smart" home or alexa able to control your system?

AGP noob

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Apr 8, 2021
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dublin,ca
Currently My crappy intex pump can be controlled from my alexa and I can set up timers and schedules etc. from a cheap 15 dollar smart plug. This is done simply by plugging the pump into a "smart" outlet and I can remotely turn it on/off and have schedules via my phone.

I want to upgrade to a new pump/filter
My question is will this be possible with any of the typical 1 or 1.5HP pumps. If my smart plug/outlet cuts off power to the pump and then turns the power back on, will these pumps "start running" automatically or do they still need a switch or button to be pressed?

Or do I need to buy one of these expensive intermatic timers or just get a VS pump with a timer built in

 

chiefwej

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Here is what I’m doing with smart switches.
 

jonahex2099

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Aug 8, 2020
56
Seattle
Pool Size
8400
Surface
Vinyl
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Intex Krystal Clear
I did something similar with a three way smart plug....I set it up on a schedule to run periodically though the day last summer and it worked really well. Named the outlets and could turn on by voice whenever we wanted....worked out nicely. Doing the same thing this year only longer cycles because I'm installing solar panel and a bunch of PVC. :D
 

2kCougar

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May 11, 2015
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Albany, NY
Pool Size
15000
Surface
Vinyl
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
CircuPool RJ-30 Plus
Currently My crappy intex pump can be controlled from my alexa and I can set up timers and schedules etc. from a cheap 15 dollar smart plug. This is done simply by plugging the pump into a "smart" outlet and I can remotely turn it on/off and have schedules via my phone.

I want to upgrade to a new pump/filter
My question is will this be possible with any of the typical 1 or 1.5HP pumps. If my smart plug/outlet cuts off power to the pump and then turns the power back on, will these pumps "start running" automatically or do they still need a switch or button to be pressed?

Or do I need to buy one of these expensive intermatic timers or just get a VS pump with a timer built in


I have a smart switch that was spliced into the feed for my equipment. The mechanical timer was removed and the pump is always switched to the "on" position. I've been programming it through the smartthings interface for a while and it's also alexa compatible. Just make sure the switch you install is capable of handling a high load.
 

jonahex2099

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Aug 8, 2020
56
Seattle
Pool Size
8400
Surface
Vinyl
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Intex Krystal Clear
What smart plug are you using? It handles the inductive pump load okay?
Seems to handle it fine....I run it about 6 hours a day off a 20a circuit....keep in mind I'm using the cheaper Intex pump and swg....

 
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jonahex2099

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Aug 8, 2020
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Seattle
Pool Size
8400
Surface
Vinyl
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Intex Krystal Clear
What smart plug are you using? It handles the inductive pump load okay?

It's actually a 4 way.....sorry about that....I use one for my pump, one for my SWG and another for the light on the pool.... :) I may set up a fountain system and use a separate pump on the 4th outlet for when we're swimming....
 

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chiefwej

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I am using a 40 amp, 220v smart switch that does not require a hub. This one connects directly with your existing WiFi without a hub.

 
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