Sonoff S26R2ZB review: a ZigBee plug to bring them all together

Our opinion on the Sonoff S26R2ZB socket

The Sonoff brand is well known to home automation enthusiasts, in particular for its switches Sonoff Basic, but the Shenzhen company also offers switches, detectors, a range of Wi-Fi bulbs… And connected sockets. But how do you choose the right one for you? Which app to use? Tuya? Jeedom? Philips Hue? Echo Hub? Indeed, the ecosystem of ZigBee gateways and applications is now almost as teeming as that of the canopy. amazonienne (or what remains of it).

But why choose? This is what the Sonoff S26R2ZB socket which, for want of being design, is compatible with many solutions : eWeLink, Tuya, Jeedom, Hue, Hub Echo, Smartthings, Homey... And this for 13,99€ excluding promotion!

Sonoff S26R2ZB: the cross-platform ZigBee socket

Unboxing

Itead offers us its catch Sonoff S26R2ZB in an orange box specific to the brand. Despite its color, it is quite sober with a drawing of the socket on one side (and the highlighting of the operation with Alexa et SmartThings), the QR-Code for the eWeLink in-house app on the side and a bit of advertising on the other. The rear highlights the specifications and attributes of the device as well as the CE mark. All in 100% vegetable fibers.

The Sonoff S26R2ZB is not going to shine with its fairly average design. For a ZigBee socket, without consumption monitoring, it is relatively big. Count 10 cm high, 5,5 wide, 7 deep (with the 2 cm of male plugs) and a weight of 95 g. Once in place, it will come out a little more than 4 cm.

The quality of its shiny white plastic (PC Vo) is not exceptional. The finishes are also average. Sometimes we have the impression of having a somewhat large empty shell with things in it. This is particularly the case with the hole for the earth plug in the male part of the socket, which gives the impression of being too deep. But in the end, it is functional and that is the main thing.

We tested the FR version with a male part type E (two studs and the earth hole). It is the same for the female part: two holes for the phases and an earth plug). But of course, this type of socket also accepts male plugs type F or Schuko.

On the lower part of the grip, resembling a butt, a physical button surrounded by a transparent plastic will serve both to turn on / off / reset of your catch but also to know its status with the color it will take:

  • Red : alight
  • Green : off (it will therefore always remain on)
  • Flashing green (with or without red) : pairing mode.

The first impression is quite neutral: design to review, standard finish and large pieces ... Let's take a closer look at the characteristics to see if it works out.

Technical specifications

Here is what the Sonoff S26R2ZB offers us:

  • Tension : 230V, 50-60Hz
  • Intensity : 16A or 3680 W. The maximum possible therefore.
  • Operating temperature : NC
  • Maximum humidity during operation : NC
  • Overvoltage and overload protection : No, but fireproof plastic.
  • Monitoring of electricity consumption : no
  • Protocol : ZigBee 3.0
  • Hubs : Jeedom key, Jeedom atlas, Home automation boxes such as Homey or third-party hubs such as compatible Echo devices (show 2, 10, Echo Studio, echo 4…), Tuya / Smart Life, Google Nest Hub ...
  • Controllable with Jeedom, Alexa, GoogleHome, Homey, eWeLink, SmartThings ...
  • Controllable by voice with applications and skills compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant.
  • Standby consumption : NC

The characteristics are really very good, even if it has no consumption monitoring. Its big advantage is the fact of being multi-system. Indeed, the brand highlighting only eWeLink on its packaging, we started to launch a Mayday Mayday or Pan-Pan (we say Mayday when we have a damage with endangerment and Pan-Pan for a simple breakdown) for the installation because few people have a ZigBee Sonoff Hub.

Sonoff S26R2ZB Zigbee: installation (s) and use (s)

In any case, whether you go through a ZigBee hub or a home automation box, you will have to put the plug in pairing mode. When you connect it, it flashes green from the start and can therefore be connected. If that doesn't work, press the physical button for ten seconds to do a reset.

We will quickly walk you through different installations so that you can get a feel for how versatile this outlet is.

For Tuya / Smart Life, we went through the catwalk Earthsmart ZMHK-01 HomeKit. This is done like any other integration: in your gateway, press " Add Sub devices And let search.

Once found, change the name of the catch because otherwise, good luck for the use with the voice. If you have the skill Alexa already active, the device goes directly under Alexa and is already usable by voice. Otherwise, you will have to come and launch the Tuya Skill / Smart Life in the application ofAmazon.

You can also use it via the application using a virtual button. It is also possible to set a countdown to turn it off after a certain time, but thanks to its scenarios, you will also determine the hours of use ... Completely standard then.

We then went via the “connected home” hub of a Amazon Echo show 10. The installation goes smoothly. The on-board gateway detects and installs the outlet fairly quickly.

In the app, go to the Devices tabthen "+" top right, "Add a device" and choose " Socket ". Put the mark " Others " And click "Discover devices". Once found, rename it for easier voice use. Please note, we have made several tests and the socket is sometimes detected as "light" ...

You can find it in the list of your connected objects. It is also possible to install it by addressing an Echo with Hub and asking it: « Alexa, detects my devices ». The purpose will be the same.

Thanks to the virtual button, you turn on or off the touch socket but of course, the interest remains the use of voice. Incorporate it into routines as well if you wish.

The S26 is also recognized by the Hub Phillips Hue.

To install it, here is the procedure:

  • Dance Parameters, go to " Accessories ".
  • Add an accessory
  • Hue Smart Plug (not even Hue)
  • Search
  • Once found, choose the logo of your catch, the room where it will be, ... And it's done !

You will have noticed that in our case, the socket was detected as a light bulb and not a socket. Hence the interest in coming to change your image as a shortcut. This failure can be explained by the fact that the take is not Friends of Hue. But in the end, this does not change anything either on the use via the application or the voice (with the Skill Hue for Alexa for example).

We also went through Jeedom and the Jeedom Atlas box specifically. We will not go into the details of installing a ZigBee device and how to get them back on Alexa. We refer you for this to our tuto.

You will need to go through the ZigBee Plug-In in order to bring it up to your Jeedom ecosystem. You can then put it on your Dashboard after attaching it to a room. To bring it up under Alexa, for this you need the Plug-in Alexa and the appropriate subscription. But no need to go through a "Virtual" because we are on a single socket and not a multiple socket like the ZigBee UseeLink power strip.

On the other hand, as soon as it is detected, the plug is from unknown manufacturer and equipment. You will therefore have to select Sonoff in the manufacturer. But there is no "socket" in the list of equipment. We took the one that could most closely relate to it as a connected switch or a micromodule.

The order will simply be ON / OFF. You can also come and change the logo and the various elements to be displayed on the Dashboard.

For Google Assistant, you can either go through a Tuya hub and the Tuya Add-on under Google Home, or directly through a Nest Hub.

In use, we are on a ZigBee plug that could not be more standard. It is reactive thanks to its protocol, but will unfortunately always have an LED on (unless you find out how to do this in Jeedom?), Which can be a problem if you put it in a room for example ... However, it takes up space, therefore pay attention to its location.

In conclusion, the Sonoff S26R2ZB plug is a real good surprise. Don't be fooled by his ungrateful physique, because it is undoubtedly the most versatile that we have been able to have in our hands. It is indeed compatible with eWeLink, Jeedom, Homey, SmartThings, GA, Philipps Hue, Alexa… With its 16A, you can plug in whatever you want, but not necessarily where you want considering its large size. It is a pity that she does not have no consumption monitoring but for barely 14 €, we will not shy away from our pleasure.
Did i choose Alexa or did she choose me? Let's say that as a beta tester, it's a bit of both! And I do not regret having met our favorite assistant nor this adventure undertaken with Alexien Modo. Technophile, self-taught and loving popularization, I try to make our common passion easy to access!