Wi-Fi Smart Plugs are a great addition to jump start your Connected Home, it is a simple-to-use device that you can plug into any open outlet, allowing you to control multiple electrical appliances in your home anywhere in the world.
The true beauty of it is that once it is connected to your wireless network, it works seamlessly with you electrical appliances without the need of an extra hub. By plugging it into a standard home socket, it enables you to remotely turn on and off electrical appliances such as lamps, fans, or even your coffee machine without getting up in the morning.
Our #TechExperts at TP-Link are here to run through the basics of smart plugs and how to easily turn your home into a smart home.
Full control via your Smartphone or Tablet
Most Wi-Fi Smart Plugs are easy to setup via your Apple or Android mobile devices with a Wi-Fi connection. You just need to download a free app (Available for free at the Apple App Store or Google Play Store) and go through a simple setup process. Once connected, you may access any appliances plugged into the outlet through the app. You may also set time schedules for your electrical appliance to follow or use the away mode, which will automatically turn your devices on and off so it seems that someone is at home while you are away.
There is also a timer mode that lets you turn the device on or off after a set time period, which is perfect for anyone who routinely leaves their appliances on such as iron, curling iron or hair straighteners.
When setting up a new appliance, the app allows you to give each plug a name and can also combine several plugs into a group. You can choose an icon to represent the device like lamps, heaters, coffee makers or even use your own photo or image from your phone.
Monitor and Save Energy
Some Wi-Fi Smart Plugs allows you to tracks your appliance’s power consumption. It enables you to analyse your appliance’s real-time as well as historical power consumption including weekly and monthly summaries. With this feature, you can monitor and save money by managing your power usage of each appliance.
Compatible with Amazon Echo
Wi-Fi Smart Plugs are compatible with Amazon’s Echo when it releases in the UK (Date to be confirmed by Amazon). Once the device is on your network, you simply ask Alexa to “discover new devices” and she will find the new plug(s) and you will be able to control each electrical appliance with your voice.