IoT Team Play: Using Tuya on Conrad Connect

Tuya allows setting up home automation systems without breaking the bank. The brand’s products are stuffed with hi-tech capable of connecting to the Internet of Things (IoT). What’s more, if you use Tuya on our platform, matters take care of themselves.  Because Conrad Connect keeps smart tech in check, and ensures your home is comfy and safe whenever you want it to be comfy and safe.  Below, we’ll show you how to achieve this.

What Tuya Smart Technology Does for You 

Tuya manufacture a wide range of useful and affordable products and under their own name. More important though, there are plenty of other electronics suppliers out there that now also use Tuya technology in their designs to IoT-enable their products, removing the need for the development of their own Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or Zigbee components, apps and cloud-based services.

This means that manufacturers are able to reduce the retail prices, which in turn means that you benefit from lower upfront costs when setting up your home automation system. Goes without saying that subsequently expanding or upgrading smart home tech to cover more areas also becomes significantly cheaper.

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These days, already more than 30.000 different products come with built-in Tuya IoT tech, including smart light bulbs, light switches, smart mains plugs and security systems. Conveniently enough, all of them are operated via smartphone app. Whether you choose the Tuya Smart or the Smart Life app is entirely up to you. Both apps support the Tuya platform means you or your loved ones can use any compatible smart appliance whenever wanted or needed.

So, do your favourite smart gadgets support Tuya? And is there a way of simplifying matters even further?

Using Tuya on Conrad Connect Makes Home Automation Even Easier

Although Tuya Smart sustains an extensive product ecosystem,  when it comes to Smart Living as a whole, nowadays product variety and diversity is huge. Most likely, you’re using, or want to use, devices that don’t feature or support Tuya technology. However, assembling everything under the same roof is by far the most efficient way to get the most out of your home automation system.

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  • Conrad Connect allows you to make devices manufactured by Tuya and other brands a part of your automation routines. This enables your home to respond to any given situation the way you want, and that entirely without the need to use buttons or voice commands to tell the system what to do. In other words, your smart home system will be capable to deal with things on its own.
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  • Our platform enables connecting more than 100 of the leading smart home brands to the Tuya app. No longer fretting about what’s going to work with what.

  • Smart Ordering routines and much more: Our Service Marketplace links the digital and the real world, enabling your home automation system to deal with a wide range of everyday tasks.

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  • Everything at a glance:  Conrad Connect dashboard widgets allow you to keep an eye on your smart devices and view a wide range of parameters including air quality and  energy consumption both at home and at the office.

  • Finally, there are the members of our thriving Conrad Connect community, providing inspiration or help when it comes to home automation.

Five Steps to Interconnect Tuya Smart and Conrad Connect

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For a list of devices compatible with our platform and featuring Tuya tech, see our Help section. An overview of smart mains plugs that support Tuya Smart and Smart Life apps is available on our community pages.

First thing you need to do is install the latest version of the Tuya Smart app or the Smart Life app on your Android or iOS device and set up your profile. Afterwards you need to enable Conrad Connect to access  your account.  This is how you do it.

  1. Open your browser, log in to your Conrad Connect account. Click the “Products & Apps” tag
  2. Type “Tuya” into the search box, or scroll to and click the appropriate tile.

  3. A new window opens. Click “Authenticate”.

  4. This results in you being redirected to your Tuya account login page. Enter your login details.

  5. Confirm. Congrats, you are done.

Repeat Step 1 and 2 if you want to erase the collected data and prevent Conrad Connect from accessing your account in the future. You can do this anytime. 

How to Make Tuya Technology a Part of Automation Routines

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Once you’ve linked Tuya Smart to our platform, you are pretty much set and ready for all sorts of home automation projects. If you only want to use Tuya together with one smart device or services, use our simplified project editor. This version of the editor has been specially designed for smartphones. However, if you are thinking about more complex automation scenarios, there is our advanced editor which makes putting together projects involving multiple smart devices and services really easy.

Goes without saying that, once created, automation routines are by no means set in stone. You can amend and adapt any project at any time. Also, all other platform users greatly appreciate people choosing to publish their projects on our community pages after they got them up and running at home.

Ready-to-use Project Templates

Using ready-to-use project templates is a speedy and painless way to get cracking. The templates are courtesy of our members who share them with the Conrad Connect community. All you need to do is import these templates into your account and adjust them to your requirements if necessary. Our web page features a continuously growing number of project templates revolving around Tuya technology. Below a short selection of what’s available.

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Lights auto-switch-off: Why not use smart light switches or smart mains plugs that support Tuya Smart to automatically kill the lights if no-one is at home? Here’s a project that does precisely that during the night ours and when you are at work.

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Home intruder deterrent: Sometimes, however, keeping the lights on when you are out and about is definitely not a bad idea. Because it makes burglars think twice before attempting to go after your valuables. This occupancy simulator ensures that mains plugs and light bulbs with built-in Tuya tech activate whenever the system picks up movement on the premises. And, why not utilise artificial intelligence, to ramp up home security another notch or two?

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Alexa-controlled appliances: You don’t necessary have to rely on standard voice commands via Amazon Echo or Google home. Get ready for Christmas, and check out this project that allows you operate Christmas tree lighting using a smart plug and user-defined Alexa commands.

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Operating air cons the smart way: Keeping air conditioners running when nobody’s at home doesn’t make sense. Here are two project templates that utilise smart sockets as presence detectors and temperature sensors to ensure thermal comfort and cosiness in your living room and bedroom.

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Sun-operated outdoor lighting: There is nothing wrong with using tried and tested timer settings to operate outdoor lighting. This project smartens up the process though: it doesn’t stick to fixed time presets, accessing the internet instead to get the daily changing sunrise and sunset hours. Means lights connected to a smart mains plug with built-in Tuya tech only consume energy during the dark hours.

Why not put Tuya on Conrad Connect to good use and allow your home automation system to take care of things so you don’t have to? Have fun!