Update for Edimax Radio-Controlled Socket: Managing Home Appliances Intelligently

by Falko Schmidt (guest post), , 11 Comments

[April, 26, 2019 update to “Delivery” and “This is what you need to do”] You can incredibly efficiently optimize power consumption in your home using the Sunny Home Manager 2.0 and Edimax radio-controlled socket. The update makes the Edimax radio-controlled socket even more safe. Current information and what to do to use the update, you’ll get here.

The SMA Sunny Home Manager 2.0 intelligently distributes the solar power generated by your PV systems to home appliances. It is an option to take the largest electrical appliances in your home, such as washing machines, dishwashers, dryers, immersion heaters and pumps, into consideration. Therefore, the Sunny Home Manager 2.0 communicates with the Edimax SP-2101W WLAN radio-controlled socket. You can purchase the radio-controlled socket at the electrical retailer.

Delivery of the radio-controlled sockets is delayed

“Due to the shortage of components and bottlenecks in production, we are currently experiencing delays in the delivery of WLAN Edimax SP-2101W V2 radio-controlled sockets,” said Ugur Göksu, business director at Edimax. “The expected delivery date in Europe is May 2019.“

Update improves communication between SHM 2.0 and Edimax radio-controlled sockets

In the past, there were some technical problems with the communication between the new Edimax SP-2101W radio-controlled socket 3.0 firmware and the Sunny  Home Manager 2.0. With this new product update, Edimax has improved the connection to the Edimax Cloud. With the new firmware of the Sunny Home Manager 2.02.15.R it is now possible to use Edimax Smart Plug again.

This is what you need to do

When the auto-update function for the Sunny Home Manager is enabled, you do not need to take any further action as the Sunny Home Manager will be updated automatically.

For the Edimax Smart Plug, please note:
Due to a server change at Edimax, the following Edimax radio sockets need an update until May, 1., to ensure compatibility with the SMA Sunny Home Manager:

– Edimax Smart Plug 2.09
– Edimax Smart Plug 1.0 (Hardware Version 2)

For the Edimax product update please use the EdiSmart APP:
Android
Apple

Versions 2.03 and 2.08 do not necessarily require an update because they can communicate locally with the Sunny Home Manager without a cloud. The EdiLife App can still be used for these products.

Summary

In order to ensure that your Edimax SP-2101W WLAN radio-controlled socket with the Sunny Home Manager 2.0 continues to function, please make note of the current firmware version of the devices used:

  • Sunny Home Manager 2.0 with firmware version 2.02.15.R
  • Edimax SP-2101W and Edimax SP-2101W V2 with firmware version 3.0

Find more details for Sunny Home Manager 2.0 here.

11 Comments
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    Ben Breeze says:

    Can you please add support for other smart plugs, it is impossible to purchase the edimax smart plugs, its almost july and still no stock anywhere. TP-Link is everywhere please add support.

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    • Anke Baars
      Anke Baars says:

      Hi Ben,
      Which options did you checked? I´ve just checked some online electronic retailers and found Edimax plugs available there…
      Kind regards,
      Anke

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        Calvo Anderson says:

        Actually, I second Ben’s request. Why only Edimax? It’s quite restrictive. You can’t get them here in Australia, but you can get others like: TP-link HS110, Belkin WeMo Insight, Efergy Ego Smart power socket and more. Opening up support for other manufacturers will make the SHM2 a lot more versatile and attractive (I know people that would buy the SHM2 if they had the socket support over here)

      • Carolyn Schlosser
        Carolyn Schlosser says:

        Hi Calvo,

        SMA chose Edimax strategicly. Unfortunately we can not influence the availability in Australia.

        As a third party developer we offer EEBUS or SEMP.

        Sunny regards,
        Carolyn

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    Tim says:

    Hi,
    It seems the solution would be to allow integration with IFTTT. Can SMA please consider that as it would open up access to many smart plug devices. Edimax are not in the Australian marketplace. They don’t make a socket for this continent.
    Thanks

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    Christian says:

    Is there somewhere documentation on how to connect the Home Manager with the plug in the first place?
    I just bought one Edimax plug and both are on the latest firmware but Home Manager does not see the Plug.
    What am I missing?

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    • Carolyn Schlosser
      Carolyn Schlosser says:

      Hi Christian,

      Please check on your Router:

      – WPA2 Encryption
      – Tick at “Allow all new WLAN devices”.
      – Free IP address available for DHCP setting

      If you have still problems with your installation feel free to contact us again.

      Sunny regards
      Carolyn

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    Martin Sharrott says:

    One other thing about Edimax: if one does purchase Edimax (I too would strongly advocate support of most smart plugs and not just Edimax) then one is dependent on the Edismart app to program them and that app gets very bad reviews in the Play Store, not even 2 out of 5 stars, and the comments are very negative. So what will be the point of buying Edimax smart plugs if the app doesn’t work?

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      Calvo Anderson says:

      Despite the very bad review rating (I’ve also seen that) the app has worked sufficiently well for me. I was always able to register the sockets in my network. It was tricky, however, with the older SP-2101W where I had to use the EdiPlug to get them registered, but then upon upgrading firmware I moved to EdiLife. I have also upgraded sockets using the upgrade tool from my laptop, connected via network cable to my router-switch (doesn’t work if connected via wifi). I’ve used this app in two android phones (Galaxy and Pixel) and one iPhone

      The product manual says you can register as many devices as you want in your network. This seems true, but the EdiLife app itself will only allow 16 at any one time. To register a new one you need to delete an existing one. Obviously this is a major pain! Imagine having to delete a camera to add an extra socket. In the case of the SHM2 that accepts up to 24 devices, it would be problematic I would think.
      To get around this you will need to spread your devices across 2 or more phone/tablets.
      I have not tried other than the EdiLife app. Maybe this is no longer a problem with the newer app(s)? It would be good to know.

      Finally, once registered, SHM2 will see them and you can, in principle, control on/off and check power consumption via SunnyPortal, either on a web browser or using the SunnyPortal app (that one also gets bad reviews).

      Having said all this, if there will be no support for other plugs, then SMA and Edimax should seriously consider extending their reach to Oceania. The socket seems very well made inside and outside and sure enough the strategic alliance, as Carolyn stated, gives one confidence that this is a very good product, better than most (maybe, the best). If I could choose new features for this socket, it would be voltage indication and power factor. However, not having it in your country is the same as not having the SHM2 either.

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    joseba says:

    Hi,
    After two power outages in my home, the two edimax plugs I had installed were unconfigured.
    Now and after sending an inquiry to edimax I don’t get them to connect. They sent me the new firmware 3.0 so I would install it in the plugs, they still don’t work. I have tried with the applications edismart, edilife, ediplug without success.
    I have sent the query 4 times to edimax, they don’t answer me. Install the SHM to automate tasks, I have not been able to use the plugs for 4 months.
    Is there any solution?
    Thank you.

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