So, what is a “Smart WIFI ceiling fan remote control kit?” Essentially, what this does is you can convert your traditional ceiling fan at home into one that can be controlled by WiFi. So you have three ways to control the fan. You can use an application on your phone, your voice, or a WIFI remote. The voice option is compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant.
Works with 2.4 Ghz networks only – not 5 Ghz
First of all – don’t get this confused with 5G. That’s not what we’re talking about. If you have no idea how WIFI works in your home, you essentially can broadcast WIFI on two different frequencies: 2.4 ghz, and 5 Ghz. Most devices use 2.4 Ghz. Newer smart phones made within the last 3 years generally can use 5 Ghz. The way to understand the difference between the two is the following: 2.4 ghz has a better range then 5 Ghz, but 5 Ghz is faster. This is why most modern devices use both, so you can connect to a device broadcasting either one.
Anyways, we don’t want to get too much into wireless technology here. If your wireless is really poor in your home, chances are you’re just using the WIFI device that came from your Internet Service Provider. If that’s the case, you can get more information here about potentially purchasing and installing a wireless access point for your home that will solve some of your WIFI headaches.
Now, coming back to a WIFI ceiling fan remote control kit. Assuming you have good WiFi connectivity in your home, connecting to your ceiling fan over the WIFI network can be a breeze. These kits are compatible with most ceiling fans, such as Hunter, Harbor Breeze, and others. One thing worth noting – if your fan only works with the original receiver kit that came with your fan, then this won’t work. So it’s important to read your manual, and do research online first to determine if this happens to apply to your fan.
The Wi-Fi technology option is nice as there’s very little delay or none, when you send a signal from your phone or use your voice to activate the fan. There’s no electric arc that’s involved like you normally deal with with a standard switch, so there’s less pieces of machinery in-between that can potentially fail. E.G if the switch fails in your wall for a wall switch, that’s a fallible piece of electricity or technology. Of course, that being said if you WIFI stops working, you’d lose the ability to communicate that way too. The final thing to keep in mind with this also is to maintain good security on your Wi-Fi network – don’t give your Wi-Fi password out to anyone, and don’t use an easy to guess password.
Smart WiFi Ceiling Fan Remote Control Kit Reviews
Leviton Smart Wi-Fi Fan Speed Controller
- Control your ceiling fan from anywhere – not just in your home! There is an app called My Leviton app, which can be used to adjust the speed of your fan. There are four fan speed settings.
- Schedule ceiling fans to operate on a schedule.
- Auto shut off feature
- Compatible and will work with Alexa, Google Assistant and other voice assistants
- App available on both iPhone and Android
- Does not control ceiling fan light kits
- Have to use special phone app – not accessible from a simple web browser
- Rated for ceiling fans less than 3 amps only – will not work for more powerful fans
- Users report they can only turn the fan on and off from Google Home app, no speed controls specifically when using this app