Install / Adding to Network / Using Smart Plugs

Install Smart Plug Into Outlet

Plug the Smart Plug into a standard household electrical outlet, then plug in a light or appliance. Ensure that the switch on the actual light or appliance is left in the ON position. The Status LED should start flashing (indicating that the Smart Plug is looking for a network to join). If the Status LED does not start flashing, press and hold the switch for 10 seconds.

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Adding Smart Plug to Network

After you have set up your ZigBee network, you connect your Smart Plug to the Smart thermostat. The ecobee Smart Thermostat will scan the network and automatically detect any unconnected Smart Plugs. The default name is the last 4 digits of the Smart Plug’s MAC address (a unique number printed on the back of each device). You can give it an easier to remember name (like “Living Room Light”). Providing your own custom name makes it easier to identify the plug, especially if you have multiple plugs installed.

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Accessing Plugs From Smart Thermostat

Congratulations! You are now ready to use and program your plugs.

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Managing Your Smart Plug Energy Usage

You can monitor and reduce your energy usage by using the Smart Thermostat’s energy management functions.

To access energy management functions:

1. From the Home screen, press More. more_icon.JPG

2. Press the Plugs button. sp_icon.JPG

3. Select More beside the plug you want to manage.

4. Select an option:

Program — You can program the plugs to turn on or off based on specific times and days of the week. You can also program a plug to follow your thermostat schedule. If you choose to follow the thermostat schedule, you only need to determine if you want the plug to be on or off during those chosen periods. If you change your thermostat schedule, the plugs will follow suit.

Reports — You can view the hourly, daily and weekly electricity consumption of each plug.

Settings — You can rename the plug, change the default temporary override duration and decide if you want this plug to turn off when your Utility issues a demand response event (note that you must be registered as part of a Utility program to receive demand response events).

 

Accessing Plugs From Personal Web Portal

You can control your Smart Plugs from your ecobee personal Web Portal. When you log into your web portal you will see a new Smart Plugs tab at the top of the page. It has 4 widgets: Plug Reports, Status, Preferences and Program. With these widgets, you have total control of your Smart Plug from anywhere with an Internet connection. If you have any questions, click the ? mark in the top righthand corner of the widget.

 

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Identifying or Renaming a Smart Plug

By default, the name of a Smart Plug includes the last 4-digits of its MAC address. The Smart Plug’s MAC address is printed on the back of the plug. You may want to give your Smart Plug a more descriptive name (such as “Living Room”) in order to make it easier to identify. You can rename a Smart Plug from its Settings menu on the Smart Thermostat or from the Preferences widget in your ecobee personal Web Portal.

Note: There is a special name, “$router”, that optimizes the Smart Plug to work with an Internet router. If the Smart Thermostat cannot communicate with the ecobee web servers for over 1 hour, it will automatically turn the Smart Plug off for 20 seconds and then turn it back on. This feature can be used to automatically reboot a router in order to fix connectivity issues. 

 

Plugs During Vacation Event

When you schedule a vacation event on your ecobee Smart Thermostat, you can also determine how specific plugs to perform. You can simply continue to run the program, so that lights come on at the usual time, or program them to stay on or off for the duration of the vacation event. Once the vacation is over the plugs will return their regular program.

 

On/Off Switch

On the front face of the Smart Plug there is an on/off override switch. Press this switch if you want to turn on or off the device connected to this plug. The plug will stay in this condition for the specified time or action (customizable under Settings).

 

Removing a Smart Plug From Your Network 

  1. From the Home screen, press More.
  2. Press Settings, Home Automation and select the device you wish to remove. Press Remove to reset the Smart plug and remove it from your network.
  3. If you want to use the Smart Plug with a different Smart Thermostat, perform a factory reset first by plugging it into an outlet and pressing the switch for 10 seconds.