I would like to find or develop the most simple way possible to wirelessly switch on a light or appliance using a smartphone and/or computer. As I see it there are two radically different existing solutions, but neither are simple enough.
First are the home automation systems that are expensive and are a four component solution - smartphone, control module and power switch units. Second is a remote power strip, which always has its own remote and is therefore also a three component solution - smartphone, smartphone IR universal remote adaptor, power strip.
I would like to remove the second component in both these solutions and have the smartphone switch the power strip (or other switching unit between the power point and appliance) directly, via a wifi network (technically the wireless router is another component, but let's just assume it's there already).
Has this been done before? I'm going crazy trying to find it on the web! A simple, wifi network controlled power strip or similar?
Thanks in advance,