A multitude of useful innovations are constantly coming into play which not only convenience your busy modern life dramatically, but also add to your tech-savvy knowledge to ensure you are moving forwards with the times, the TP-Link Wi-Fi smart plug is no different.
But with so many gadgets and gismos being introduced to the market, it can be difficult to choose which particular device is the one for you.
One of the most recent innovations which are becoming more and more popular are smart electronic devices which can be controlled via an app on your smartphone.
These have been recently introduced to modern day society and we are pretty sure that sooner or later they will become the must-have for any home.
One such smart device is the smart plug, which allows you to control individual electronic devices such as a kettle, light switch or even radio via the app on your smartphone.
These state-of-the-art devices are a quickly becoming a home comfort for many, from young couples enjoying the new technologies on the market, to older people who rely on the convenience of such devices for their independence.
One of the smart plugs available on the market is the TP-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug.
It can be plugged into various sockets in order to control the devices via your smartphone.
This can be useful for setting appliances to turn off and on whilst you are not in the room, and can also be used for monitoring your energy usage.
How do I set up the TP-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug?
The TP-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug is particularly easy to set up and is ready to go minutes after you receive the item.
It is compatible with any android, iOS or Amazon Echo, so the app to go with it can basically be used with any smartphone.
Once unpackaged, you simply plug the appliance into your chosen socket, and download the app, which is quite unpredictably named ‘Kasa’.
Then, follow the simple instructions to connect it to the Wi-Fi. A review said “The app walks you through this simple process”.
It can’t be that hard, surely!
Once this is sorted, you are ready to start controlling your devices.
This setup is very straightforward and can be done by absolutely anyone.
Once the setup is performed, it never has to be done again; very convenient if you need to set it up for someone.
A review on Amazon said “Really easy to set up”. Sounds promising so far!
As you may have deciphered, the TP-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug requires an internet connection to work.
A review has said “When using the app on the same wireless connection the reaction time is under 3 seconds”.
The only snag is that the TP-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug can only be used on a 2.4GHz wireless network, or on a dual band router, so this may pose an issue for some.
You should check your type of connection before you purchase just in case.
One of the hassle-free qualities of the TP-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug is that once it is connected to the Wi-Fi, it runs seamlessly without the use of an additional hub.
This dramatically reduces the overall price of the device, and makes it simpler and less costly than other competitors such as Lightwave and Energie MiHome.
This makes the main competitor product to be Belkin WeMo, which has a good specification, but does not review as favourably as the TP-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug.
A review on Amazon suggested it was one of the main competitors on the market: “the devices themselves are smaller and neater than even Hive’s smart plug. All in all a great job.”
If you want to control more than one device at once with one smart plug, you can use an extension cord or surge protector.
This is good for example if you want to control more than one light in one room. A review came across as very dazzled by their new-found tech-savvy side: “…you can group them together.
So “Christmas lights” would turn on the tree and the outside lights together. Clever stuff.” We are equally as impressed with this innovative new technology.
Alternatively, you can always invest in more than one TP-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug.
A review says “I can see a real benefit to having more of these devices I the home and the fact that TP-LINK makes it so easy to set up and use them makes buying more an even easier decision”.
Who can use the TP-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug and what is it used for?
Absolutely anyone it seems!
On first glance, this particular device looks like it would appeal mostly to the younger generation who want to keep up to date with modern technological devices to improve the appearance of their homes and convenience their busy lives.
The TP-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug is particularly useful for people who have a crammed schedule and need every convenience to make it easier to run a home too.
This smart plug can be used when you are in the comfort of your own home in bed and want to make sure the lights are off, or perhaps to switch on the kettle from the living room without having to get up twice from the sofa.
Alternatively, you can use the smart plug from outside the house.
How many times have you been out at a party worrying that you have left those hair straighteners on? Or perhaps you have gone for a night out and could use a light being switched on for when you get home.
The TP-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug can be used for scheduling items to be switched on an off, and you can even set it for switching off particular items after a set amount of time, such as the iron.
A customer review clearly suggested they were finding this very useful for their everyday life: “The app itself is very clean and neat, you can have multiple schedules for different days.”
Another handy use for the TP-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug is that it can be used to create the illusion that you are in the house when you are on holiday or at work.
This will deter people who are looking for trouble, and will ensure that your house is kept safe at all times, even when it is vacated.
If you go away on holiday, you can use the ‘away’ setting, which will turn the devices on and off at different times to make it look as though there is someone home, deterring any trouble whilst you are away.
You can have peace of mind whilst you were on holiday so that you enjoy your trip and don’t have to worry about coming home to any unwanted surprises.
The scheduling mode allows you to plan for times for items to switch on and off, for example you may plan for light to switch on at sunset so that you have a light to come home to or so that it switches on whilst you are reading in the evening.
The TP-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug may well provide a sense of comfort and safety for elderly people who need the device for their home.
If a person has limited mobility around the house, this particular device will be perfect for allowing them to control their devices from the comfort of their chair.
They will not have struggle bending down to the sockets any more, risking injury.
It is easy enough to use for an older person who may not be as tech-savvy as the younger generation because the set up and app is so easy.
For that real movie effect, an additional feature of the TP-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug is that with the Amazon Echo (which is sold separately) you can also control devices with just your voice.
This feature looks very impressive and advanced in a modern home, and is definitely something to show off when you have guests round.
It is also useful, as you don’t have to be constantly holding your smartphone for the device to be just as worthy.
You can just as easily control all of your appliances just via saying a simple.
A customer review says: “I also use Amazon’s Alexa which works smoothly – until I forget that I named the plug television, instead of TV”… an easy mistake to make, really.
Providing you have no problems naming the appliances in your home, this feature appears to be pretty pleasing and you are buying into a very advanced piece of technology which in the past has seemed like a thing of the far future.
How does the app work?
Although the technology you are buying into for the TP-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug is very impressive, the app which allows you to control your devices is very simple.
A customer review said: “Making this little gadget work is extremely simple and you don’t need to be a computer whiz or geek in general nor do you need a 9-year-old to figure it out”.
You can choose an icon of the device such as lamp, heater, fan, etc, or alternatively upload a picture you have taken of the device.
This way you will know which device is which if you wish to control multiple devices via smart plugs.
The app has many features, allowing you to monitor how much energy you are using, how long your devices have been switched on for, and you can turn them on and off, and even create schedules and time limits on certain items which may be dangerous if they are switched on for too long.
The layout of the app is really simple and it is easy to get the hang of using. The interface is self-explanatory so there is no need for you to worry about your devices going haywire via an app.
How does the TP-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug look in a modern home?
This particular smart plug is discrete and stylish, and blends in with any existing décor. It is sleek, elegant and simple, looks modern and slender at a small 2.6” wide, 3” deep and 3.9” high.
These smart plugs are particularly discrete, so they are unlikely to be noticed by any visitors, but if they are, they are stylish and sleek, a modern addition to the home.
How much does it cost?
The TP-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug is priced at £35, which is pretty standard for such products.
However, as mentioned earlier it does not sue a separate hub, which lowers the cost.
There is also a version which costs only £5, but does not monitor the energy value.
It enables people to measure and keep track of how much they are spending on their energy bills, meaning that it can help you to cut back on costs, and can actually be more energy efficient, causing it to be an investment rather than an expenditure.
Having said that, it entirely depends on how it is used, as it may be tempting to switch on some appliances before whilst you are not at home, whilst on the other hand it may aid you in switching off those appliances which you may have forgotten to switch off in a hurry to leave the house.
You can look at your energy consumption in a weekly or monthly summary, allowing you to track your trends on energy consumption on particular devices, so you may be able to control your spending an energy consumption.
What’s the verdict?
The TP-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug is a very innovative device which is definitely an up and coming device and will be sure to be on the popular rise in the coming months.
Although it does seem to be quite pricey on first appearance, it is actually reasonable and very comparable to other similar products.
It is very convenient and appears to be hassle-free yet full of great technology.
You never know, it may also turn out to be an investment, drawing your attention to those energy bills and reducing your energy usage for those times when your devices are left on.
It could also increase safety and put you mind at rest.
All in all, a good buy; an investment and quite possibly a product of the future!