IFTTT stands for If This Then That and is a good representation of what the service offers: conditional automatation. You define a condition (the “if this”, for example: a Sonoff S26 turns on) and what should happen next (the “then that”, for example: a Sonoff Mini turns on too). The eWeLink app offers basic automation features for only eWeLink supported devices. IFTTT goes beyond that.
IFTTT is not limited to only eWeLink. It supports dozens of other smarthome brands to, From plugs to light switches and from robot vacuum cleaners to thermostats. IFTTT also offers automation support for several online service like online spreadsheets, note taking services, e-mailservices and social media. All of these services have triggers (“if this”) and actions (“then that”).
One automation is called an “applet”. An applet have definitions for the trigger and action. An applet mostly is one automation definition for one device or online service. If you want to have an additional automation for a device or online service you have to create an additional applet.
When you create an applet yourself the applet counts as an “own applet”. There are also predefined applets build by others (mostly the partners of IFTTT) which are called “published applets”. Those are mostly somehow limited compared to the possibilities of own applets. Published applets do not count as “own applet” although you configure them with your own settings. When you use a published applet it does not affect the devices the creator has but only your own devices.
Requirement: eWeLink Advanced
In order to be able to use IFTTT you need to have a paid subscription at eWeLink. On the moment of this writing only eWeLink Advanced is available and offers support for IFTTT.
Here are some related articles about eWeLink Advanced:
- What are the benefits of the eWeLink subscriptions plans?
- How can I subscribe for a subscription plan?
Possible requirement: IFTTT Pro
Starting on September 9th, 2020 IFTTT decided to introduce paid subscriptions. The free plan has very limited features. A simple comparison:
|Property||Free plan||Pro plan|
|Costs||Free||$9.99 / month|
So if you need more than 3 automations you will need to buy IFTTT Pro. At the moment of this writing only creditcards are supported.
More information on IFTTTO Pro can be found at IFTTT.com: