I haven’t really found much in my readings about what are typical use cases for the 4CH (Pro, etc).
Could I use a sonoff 4CH (Pro?) (R2?) to control the power to individual external harddrives?
(Yes I know you should just leave them running non-stop).
These harddrives (WD My-Clouds) are connected to my network, and are in a remote location. Crawling around to disconnect them is not fun.
I know I could connect each harddrive via a Sonoff Basic, so the real Qs are, 1. is it even possible to control 4 units and 2. does it provide some advantage to do so, (vs the Basics).
I’m hoping that using the 4CH Pro R2 (or other) would reduce the clutter of wires. But I don’t understand the “ratings” of the power for the 4CH units. I see there is separate power to run the board, and then 4 other sets. I don’t see how there is an “input” and and “output”, as you can see in the Basics.
Finally, there is the Q of how to deal with the physical power cords to the harddrives. Do I cut the existing HD powercords and splice them into the Sonoff (even the Basic) OR should I add some more clutter and only splice in separate extension cords for each?
Thanks for any ideas!
(P.S. I also posted this as a response to DrZZzs review of the 4CH, but as that video is old now, no ideas/opinions have been offered).