No app or web service for Microsoft Windows 10 devices
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There are over 400 million Windows 10 devices in the world. Unlike the Ring corporation, TP-Link seems to assume that no one wants access to their Smart Home devices from a Windows 10 computing device in some form factor. Ring offers both an app and a web service interface for Windows 10 but TP-Link does neither. In fact, if you're using your PC or your 2-in-1 device (Surface Pro) or your laptop or your Windows 10 tablet or your Windows Phone, no can do. You have to find your Android or iOS smartphone, activate it if it's sleeping or off, and launch the Kasa app to connect to your Smart Home device. I would like to suggest that TP-Link at least offer a web service that we could log onto with our TP-Link company account information to communicate with our TP-Link devices. If TP-Link is concerned about security, they could offer or require 2-factor authentication for access to the Smart Home web service.
There are several people who've provided programmatic ways in Internet blogs for a Windows 10 user to at least access a TP-Link Smart Home device over one's LAN. Rather than try to extend these approaches to the Internet where I might compromise the security of my home network, I'd rather have TP-Link provide a way for Windows users to at least send ON or OFF commands to their devices and just check, ON? or OFF?. Why not offer an API that allows us to use its functionality through a secure logon via a verified TP-Link company account and restricts us to devices we have registered and are confirmed to be at a GPS location that corresponds to the address associated with our account/credit card information or what not.
BTW, I do have two Android devices. My wife is an iPhone 6 user. We also have an Amazon Echo Dot. But outside the house, I don't want to have to count on my wife or my Android devices, which I don't normally use, if I want to turn on the outside garage lights via my HS200 switch as I'm coming up the driveway.
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