where can I purchase a smart power plug outlet which is compatible with an Amazon Echo (2nd generation)?

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Hello and Good Evening Everyone,

           I recently purchased an Amazon Echo (2nd generation) which I am very pleased with because of it multi-faceted capabilities.  That said,  I am wondering if I can purchase online a smart power outlet device which can plug into a power outlet and allow non-smart technological equipment to plug into it and be responsive to the Amazon Echo (2nd generation).  For example, I am interested in plugging in a lamp to said device and be able to turn it on/off through voice commands given to the Amazon Echo (2nd generation).  If such a smart plug outlet is commercially available, could someone provide a direct online purchase link?  It will be greatly appreciated.

            Thank you

            George
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TP-Link products are fairly inexpensive and work.  I'd also recommend looking at the TPLink Lightbulb if you want lamps to respond.  I can change the color of the light and the brightness by simply asking Alexa.

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Hello and Good Morning Lee :-)

            Thank you very much for  your excellent suggestions.  You certainly have my interest here.  At this point, I would like to take your suggestions a step forward with this followup questions.  Could you provide some recommended online purchase links for the TP-Link products and the TPLink Lightbulb?  Incidentally, will the TPLink LIghtbulb work with any standard lamp or will a special lamp be required?

             Sorry for so many questions, but, I am fairly new at this and wish to make my entry level experience a positive one :-)

             Thanks again.

              George
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I got my TP-Link products off Amazon.

The bulb connects to wifi and uses any regular light socket.

The bulb model I have is LB130
https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=tp-link+kasa
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Oh, just one more thing......  Any type of setup or configuration for any type of Amazon Echo (2nd generation)  or Alexa compatible devices will need to be done from my laptop through a website because my cellular phone is very basic.  

Thank you

George

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Will just about any standard lamp support the TP Link light bulb (The bulb model LB130)?  I want to get exactly what you have seeing that you are satisfied with it :-)

George
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
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Honestly don't remember.  There is definitely an app... I'd suggest getting yourself a tablet if you don't want a phone.  Wifi works fine.  Or ask a friend to come over and help setup if there's an issue.
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Hi David,

            Thank you for your recommended link.   I am certainly impressed with the idea of connecting it to a multi-outlet power strip and using Amazon Echo to control several different devices wirelessly and by voice command.  Incidentally, can it be setup through the website of https://alexa.amazon.com/ because this is the site I was able to successfully set up my Amazon Echo (2nd generation)?  The reason I ask is because my cellular phone is very basic and not supportive of high tech apps.

             George
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I don't own any IOT devices so I'm not sure about the initial setup  i.e. naming the switch, setting up wireless settings.

You could always buy a cheap tablet (under $100) if need be.

Connecting the device inline to a power strip will power on/off the powerstrip and NOT individual devices connected to the power strip.
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Exactly as I said, buy a tablet.  Or ask a friend for an old andoid or iPhone.   Or buy one at 7-Eleven for $50.

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Hi Lee and David,

           Thank you both for addressing my question in addition to clearing up some of my own personal confusion regarding my interesting in using Amazon Echo (Alexa) to control hardware devices within my home.   After reviewing all of the feedback, I am confident I have enough information here to get started.

           George

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