I have an electric water pump, which I want to control over the internet. Currently I know that smart plugs can be used but this requires me to be in the same WiFi network. Are there any smart plugs or ready made solutions where I can control the power switch remotely?

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    what kind of a water pump are you wanting to control?
    – jsotola
    Commented Dec 3, 2018 at 0:34
  • In addition to WiFi, don’t forget that you can use Ethernet over Power & control through your home’s electrical wiring. This would be useful if the plug is somewhere remote and not reachable by your home WiFi.
    – Mawg
    Commented Dec 5, 2018 at 12:56
  • websockets would be an easy way around the firewall issue you allude to
    – dandavis
    Commented Dec 12, 2018 at 20:06

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Some smart plugs can be controlled over the internet without having to be on the same network. D-Link Smart Plugs (http://us.dlink.com/products/connected-home/wi-fi-smart-plug/), for example, have a linked app that allows you to switch the plug on and off from anywhere as well as setting schedules. They can also be connected to things like the IFTTT system https://ifttt.com/ for more sophisticated control.

  • Note that D-Link have decided to brick a lot of their old smart plugs by disabling support in their app, so mine will have to go in the bin. Worth bearing in mind when buying any of these things. Commented Oct 27, 2022 at 17:36

The Belkin WeMo sockets can also be controlled remotely from the app.

Basically any socket with support for Alexa/Google Assistant will have cloud component to control them (because the smart assistants connect to a cloud end point to do the control). This means you can also use the Alexa/Google Home apps to control them remotely.

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