Kasa smart wifi power outlet

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Using a smart plug is the cheapest, easiest way to smarten up any non-smart device. Just plug one into any standard electrical outlet, add a lamp, fan, or other on/off device, set it up with an app, and—boom—now you’re making magic. Smart plugs can make your life a bit easier—not to mention more fun—and they can be a crucial aid for those who have difficulty reaching light switches or turning inline rotary light switches. We recommend the Wyze Plug because it works really well on its own, as well as when paired with other devices through Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT (If This Then That). And even though the Wyze Plug is inexpensive, it doesn’t sacrifice any features. Whether you’re home or away, you can turn it on and off, have it trigger at set or random times, or have it turn other smart devices on and off (or vice versa).

The Wyze Plug works reliably, has an app that’s easy to use, and can even track how many minutes and hours you're using a device (a feature typically found on more expensive smart plugs). You can schedule the plug to go on and off based on the time of day and the day of the week, but it doesn’t offer scheduling based on local sunrise and sunset times, as some models do. You can still program that option through integration with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or IFTTT (though not Apple HomeKit). It’s also the only one of our picks that offers two-factor authentication, for added security.

If our top pick isn’t available, the Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini (HS105) is a great choice. Like the Wyze Plug, this one lets you monitor device usage, and we found it to be reliable whether we used the app or paired it with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Samsung SmartThings, or IFTTT (it doesn’t work with Apple HomeKit). Unlike the Wyze Plug, this Kasa model offers sunrise/sunset scheduling, but the Kasa is almost twice the price.

Also great

If you need to integrate your smart plug into an Apple HomeKit system, the Wemo WiFi Smart Plug is the one to get. It supports all three major voice platforms (Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit) and typically costs about half the price of most other HomeKit-compatible plugs. It’s the smallest of our single-outlet picks. But the Wemo app isn’t as user-friendly, doesn’t include device or energy monitoring, and is more expensive than our other two top picks.

The Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Outdoor Plug (KP400) is built to weather the outdoors. (You should never attempt to use a typical smart plug outdoors.) The KP400 has an operating-temperature range of -4 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. It includes two outlets that you can control independently using the app or voice control (via Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant), and it’s easy to set up and use. However, the KP400 is bulkier than your average smart plug, should be installed with a covered outlet, and doesn’t include HomeKit support.

The Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Strip (HS300) is a little pricier than the average smart plug, but it transforms one wall plug into six independently controllable outlets, so you can turn different devices on and off as well as create separate schedules and triggers. Of the smart power strips we tested, it also has the most USB ports (three) and the longest power cord. And it supports energy monitoring and voice control via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, as well as automations via IFTTT.

Everything we recommend

Also great

Why you should trust us

I first started testing smart-home devices back when the only smart-home devices were X10. Over the past 15 years, I’ve had my hands on everything from remotes and security cameras to AV receivers and smart light switches. I’ve also written articles for The New York Times, Wired, Woman’s Day, Men’s Health, and USA Today, among others.

Who this is for

Bringing smart functionality to your home doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. If you have a smartphone and an empty outlet, you can use a smart plug to control, schedule, and automate nearly any electrical device. You don’t need programming skills or an installer on speed dial to set up smart outlets, and they become immediately useful with very little fuss.

Hooking even just one smart plug to your old table lamp, for example, ensures that you’ll never have to enter a dark house. And if you have mobility or dexterity issues, a smart plug can make it much easier to set lights, fans, speakers, slow cookers, and air conditioners on a schedule, or to control them with a smart speaker and the sound of your voice.

How we picked

Our five picks for best plug-in smart outlets, including a surge protector options, an option for outdoors, and three compact indoor picks.

We’ve been covering smart plugs now for about five years. So we’ve kept tabs on new and existing models, as well as on what features to expect.

  • Scheduling: All smart outlets allow you to schedule devices to go on and off at specific times of the day or week. This means you can set it and forget it, so you don’t need to bark out commands or use the app. We gave bonus points to outlets that offered additional customization, including scheduling individual days, Away/Vacation modes (which turn on randomly to mimic someone being home), and triggers such as sunrise and sunset or temperature.
  • Smart-home compatibility: Every smart plug offers some level of smart-home support for other smart platforms. This allows a plug to, for example, work with your Echo speaker or a motion sensor. The bare minimum should be voice-control integration through Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit (Siri), or Google Assistant. Some plugs also offer compatibility with whole-house systems through Samsung SmartThings, Wink, and IFTTT.
  • Wireless technology: Wi-Fi–enabled smart outlets are typically the easier and more affordable option because they allow you to connect inside and outside the house without the need for a hub to act as a middleman. Bluetooth-based smart outlets, by contrast, require you to be within Bluetooth range to control them—often a few tens of feet away or less, depending on how your home is built. That means they may not work if you aren’t relatively nearby. That’s less of an issue if they support Apple HomeKit, in which case you can control them when you’re away from the house if you have a HomeKit gateway (an Apple TV, a HomePod, or a stay-at-home iPad).
  • Additional features: Some smart plugs have other interesting features, such as device and energy monitoring, which records how much electricity is used over time (this can be a nice perk if you’re wondering how often the TV is running, for instance, or how much juice your air conditioner, fan, or table lamp is consuming).
Three of our smart plugs, stacked vertically.

All three of our single-outlet top picks are usually available for $20 or less. You shouldn’t need to pay more than that, unless you want a multi-outlet model.

How we tested

For each smart outlet in our test group, we downloaded the appropriate app to an iPhone SE, an iPad, a Nokia 3.1 running Android 9 Pie, and a Samsung Galaxy J7 running Android Oreo, when possible. Most of the switches easily connected to Wi-Fi and were simple to operate from inside (and outside, when needed) our 1,650-square-foot house. To test remote capabilities, we played around with the settings of a variety of items—including, at different times, several table lamps, two fans, a white noise machine, a radio, and Christmas lights—while at the grocery store (2 miles away), the gym (10 miles away), and other locations (up to 50 miles away). All of the plugs operated well, except where noted in the Competition section.

When possible, we paired switches to an Amazon Echo Dot, an Echo Plus, an Echo Show 5, HomeKit (via an Apple TV), a Google Home Mini, IFTTT, and other switches.

During testing, we connected all devices to a Firewalla Blue, a firewall device that monitors the communications of all devices on a network and reports which devices are sending out data and to what country. Once we narrowed down our pick candidates, we reviewed their privacy policies and sent our own questions to the company behind each candidate, specifically looking for clauses or activities that were outside normal practice in this category.

Security, privacy, and smart outlets

Wirecutter takes security and privacy issues seriously and investigates as much as possible how the companies we recommend deal with customer data. As part of our vetting process for smart outlets, we looked at all of the security and data-privacy practices behind our picks. We also reached out to all the companies that produced our top picks and had them answer an extensive questionnaire to confirm information we thought should be of primary concern for any potential buyer. Here are the results.

Wyze PlugKasa HS105Wemo WiFi
Smart Plug
Kasa KP400Kasa HS300
Is a username and password required?YesOnly for remote access.YesOnly for remote access and to name and control individual plugs for local use.Only for remote access and to name and control individual plugs for local use.
Is two-factor authentication available and/or required?Yes/NoNoNoNoNo
Is user data encrypted in the cloud?YesYesYesYesYes
Is an internet connection required?Cloud connection needed for app access.YesYes for app access, unless you use Apple HomeKit and Home app.YesYes
Do you share data with any third parties?User’s choice. No, if used only with Wyze app; yes, if integrated with Alexa, Google Assistant, and other third-party services.Yes, in order to function; limited data is shared with service provider but not for marketing.User is able to allow or block sharing when integrating with Alexa, Google, IFTTT and other third parties.Yes, in order to function; limited data is shared with service provider but not for marketing.Yes, in order to function limited data is shared with service provider but not for marketing.
Is location data recorded or shared?NoNo, but GPS lat-long is stored in device for sunrise and sunset time calculation.NoNo, but GPS lat-long is stored in device for sunrise and sunset time calculation.No but GPS lat-long is stored in device for sunrise and sunset time calculation.

Wirecutter long-term tests all of its picks, and that includes keeping track of hardware and software incidents. Should we find any privacy or security issues with any of our selected models, we’ll report them here and, if necessary, update or alter our recommendations.

Our pick: Wyze Plug

The Wyze Plug, an indoor smart plug that plugs into an existing outlet.

The reliable Wyze Plug has an app that’s easy to use, and it pairs well with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT. It also allows you to keep tabs on how much you use a device (in hours/days)—a feature usually reserved for more expensive plugs. Notably, the Wyze Plug is sold in pairs for the same price as most single smart plugs. In early 2021, Wyze released a newer version of the plug with an upgraded chipset, and which now uses Bluetooth for a quicker setup process; it is otherwise identical to the model we tested. This new version of the Wyze Plug is sold on Wyze.com, and other online retailers, such as Amazon, may still sell the older version. When setting up the plug, the app will ask you to choose between the new and older version of the plug.

The Wyze Plug quickly responds to app and smart speaker voice commands, and it performs equally well when handling daily on/off schedules. It’s also the only one of our single-plug picks that allows you to group multiple plugs for one-click control and scheduling. (Kasa allows for grouping, but you can’t schedule multiple devices without using a third-party platform like Alexa.) Although it’s not the most widely compatible plug we tested, you can pair it with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT. Those integrations enable voice commands, so you can turn the plug on and off hands-free. You can also create Routines (sets of automated actions), so you can pair the Wyze Plug with other devices to do cool smart-home things. For instance, in our testing, we created a Routine that would tell the Wyze Plug to turn on a table lamp every time an Arlo Video Doorbell (our top smart doorbell pick) detected motion. Wyze devices can also trigger other Wyze devices natively in the app, so we paired our Wyze Plug with a Wyze Cam (an indoor camera pick).

At 2.7 by 2 by 1.5 inches, the Wyze Plug isn’t the smallest plug we’ve seen, but it leaves enough room for you to plug another device (including a second Wyze Plug) into the remaining receptacle. It’s still small enough to easily fit into outlets placed next to trim or entryways, and it’s shallow enough to fit well between furniture and a wall. My house has a lot of weirdly placed outlets, but I have never had a problem squeezing the Wyze Plug in successfully.

Both the iOS and Android apps are easy to operate and laid out well. There’s a timer and Vacation Mode (which randomly turns the Wyze Plug on and off so it looks like you’re home even when you’re away) as well as an option to disable the Plug Status Light, which illuminates a small blue LED when the plug is on. Like many higher-priced plugs, the Wyze Plug can keep tabs on daily device use, as well as a seven-day average. Scheduling and automation options are tucked under the Settings icon.

Three screenshots showing the wyze plug app interface.

If you browse Amazon, you can find plenty of similarly priced plugs, and many of those are sold in multipacks. We strongly recommend choosing smart-device brands that have a track record—those companies tend to be the ones that update their products regularly and have actual (hopefully good) customer service. That’s one of the reasons we love the Wyze Plug: It has all of those things, but it’s priced at a point that makes having a smart home easy and affordable for almost anyone.

Flaws but not dealbreakers

Although you can schedule the Wyze Plug to go on and off at certain times of day and on specific days of the week, it doesn’t allow for scheduling based on local sunrise and sunset times, as a few other plugs on our list do. If that’s a feature you’re willing to pay for, check out our runner-up pick, or consider connecting the Wyze Plug to Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or IFTTT. The Wyze Plug also isn’t compatible with Apple HomeKit; if that’s important to you, check out the Wemo WiFi Smart Plug.

Runner-up: Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini (HS105)

The Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini (HS105), our runner-up pick for best smart plug.

The Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini (HS105) is very similar to the Wyze Plug: It’s easy to set up and use, and you can control it using its app as well as Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Samsung SmartThings, or IFTTT. Unlike the Wyze Plug, this Kasa model has built-in scheduling based on local sunrise and sunset times; it’s also physically a little smaller, making it a better choice for tight spaces. However, a single HS105 smart plug is about the price of a pair of Wyze Plugs, so we recommend going with the Wyze Plug if those added features aren’t critically important to you.

We’ve been using the HS105 since it was first released, back in late 2016. We didn’t make it a pick previously because it doesn’t support all of the major voice-control platforms, but we realize that most people probably don’t use all three. Although it supports Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT, it doesn’t support Apple HomeKit.

At 2.61 by 1.49 by 1.57 inches, the HS105 is slightly smaller than the Wyze Plug, so it fits a little better in tight spaces you probably can’t or don’t want to reach that often, such as behind furniture. Like the Wyze Plug, the HS105 is easy to connect to Wi-Fi and to control by voice or the iOS and Android apps. During our testing, we named the plug “Black Light” in the app and connected it to Alexa, after which we were able to say, “Alexa, turn the Black Light off.” It worked seamlessly.

The app also includes information about device usage by day, week, and month; we found we were using that lamp for roughly 16 hours a week. And you can use the Away Mode (which Wyze calls Vacation Mode) to randomly turn the plug on and off, so it looks like you’re home when you’re away. This Kasa plug’s Away Mode is more advanced than the Wyze Plug’s Vacation Mode, allowing you to set specific start and end times, as well as specific days of the week. For instance, you can set the plug to turn a lamp on and off randomly from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays only. We also like the Kasa plug’s ability to set schedules based on local sunrise and sunset times. That way, you can have lights turn on and off randomly based on times you’d actually be using (or not using) them.

We also tested the Kasa HS107, which combines two outlets that you can control individually or group together into one receptacle. It’s a little chunky, but it works well and moves the outlets to the sides of the device, which may be better for placing behind furniture.

Also great: Wemo WiFi Smart Plug

The Wemo WiFi Smart Plug, our also great pick for best smart plug.

Also great

The Wemo WiFi Smart Plug is the newest Wemo plug. And, at just 1.34 by 2.05 by 1.81 inches, it is truly mini—about half the size of the actual Wemo Mini (now discontinued), our previous also-great pick and the smallest of our single-outlet plug picks. We found the Wemo WiFi Smart Plug to be reliable, and it’s the best option for pairing with Apple HomeKit, but it also works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT. It doesn’t have as many features as the Wyze Plug or the Kasa HS105. But if compatibility with lots of smart-home devices and platforms matters to you, this Wemo may be the best pick.

The most obvious difference between the new Wemo WiFi Smart Plug and the older Wemo Mini is the size of the two plugs. But the newer model is also a lot easier to set up. When we first started testing this new model, we were very happy to see that the HomeKit code had been moved to the side of the plug (with the Wemo Mini, you had to unplug it, scan a code on its back side, plug it back in, and then wait for it to turn on). And with the Wemo WiFi, if you’re using the Home app, you can bypass the Wemo app completely.

Otherwise, the Wemo Android and iOS apps are almost identical, offering on/off controls, scheduling, timers, and an Away Mode. Unlike our top two picks, the Wemo WiFi Smart Plug doesn’t include any sort of energy or device tracking (which we didn’t mind, but this could be a dealbreaker for some people).

We found the Wemo to be easy to use with Alexa, HomeKit, and Google Assistant; it linked quickly and responded consistently to on/off commands and automations. Unlike the apps of our top two picks, the Wemo app doesn’t allow you to group plugs. But during testing we were able to group Wemo and other devices, as well as schedule them together, using both Alexa and HomeKit. We made a Plugs button in both apps that would turn multiple plugs on together, so we didn’t have to click them separately. We also scheduled two Wemo plugs to go on at the same time, as well as to turn on when triggered by someone walking by the Wyze Cam v3 (using Alexa) or turning on the Lutron Caséta (via HomeKit).

Power-strip pick: Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Strip (HS300)

The Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Strip (HS300), a power strip variant of a smart plug.

Sometimes you want more than one thing to be automated. More than any device we tested, the Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Strip (HS300) stretches smart-home capabilities, with six independently controllable outlets and three USB ports. It’s an excellent option not just for home office and entertainment uses, but also for anyone who wants to control multiple devices due to mobility and dexterity issues. For instance, you can plug in a table lamp, a space heater, a radio, and other necessities, and make them controllable via voice commands, or set them on a schedule so they go on and off at the same time every day. It’s also the only power strip that includes energy monitoring for each of those smart outlets, as well as an Away Mode. It can be integrated with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT.

Available for iOS and Android, the Kasa app lays out each outlet as if it were a separate device. This makes on/off access easy from the Devices screen. You can rename each plug, too, so you don’t have to remember what’s plugged in where. This option makes it easy to call out voice commands like “Alexa, turn off the table lamp.”

Touching on each device in the app brings up another on/off option, as well as scheduling and timer features. Toggling on Away Mode triggers devices randomly during set periods so that it looks like someone is home. The energy-usage feature provides a peek at real-time power consumption based on readings from the embedded power-meter chipset, as well as daily, weekly, and monthly averages in kilowatt-hours.

The HS300 is the only smart power strip we reviewed that includes manual controls on the actual device for each of its outlets. Since it has the longest cord (38 inches) of any of the power-strip models we tested, you can tuck the HS300 in a corner, out of sight. The HS300 also includes limited surge protection, though not enough to offer much functional value. Specifically, it’s rated to reduce power spikes to 500 volts when exposed to a 6,000-volt surge in testing, which means it will clamp down high-voltage surges to that level and limit the damage to any connected devices. Notably, for our surge-protector guide, the models we test are generally rated to lower surges, to 330 volts, in the same situation. And in our own tests using 5,000-volt surges, our top surge-protector picks were able to reduce that even further, to 200 volts. As such, we don’t think anyone should buy this Kasa power strip for its surge protection as much as for its smart-home capabilities.

What to look forward to

We’ve been testing the Wyze Plug Outdoor, and we’re really impressed with what this $10 outdoor plug can do so far. It has two independently controlled outlets, a dusk-to-dawn ambient light sensor to trigger power, and energy-monitoring features that track combined stats of both outlets in kWH. We will have a full review soon.

We just received two EZVIZ plugs: the rounded T30-10A-US and the rectangular T30-10B-US. Both support Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, but the T30-10B adds in the ability to track usage in kWH.

We’re also planning to look at the $30 Ring Outdoor Smart Plug. It requires a Ring Smart Bridge, has two independently controlled outlets, and works with Alexa. It’s currently available for preorder, and is expected to ship in early April.

TP-Link has two smart outlets we’re planning to look at: the Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Mini Plug (EP10) and the Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Outdoor Plug (EP40). The EP10 is a $13 smart plug ($17 for a two-pack, or $30 for a four-pack) designed to fit in tight indoor outlets, and will support Alexa, Google Assistant, and Samsung’s Bixby. The EP40 is a $25 outlet with two independently controlled outlets, and a built-in amplifier for up to 300 feet of Wi-Fi coverage.

Later this year, we expect to see the Cync Outdoor Smart Plug. Cync (formerly known as C by GE) will ship this model with two independently controllable outlets, which you connect to using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth; both support Alexa and Google Assistant. We will also look at the TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Outdoor Plug (KP401), which drops the extra outlet available on our outdoor pick in favor of long-range Wi-Fi capabilities that should enable smart control for outdoor lighting, pumps, irrigation systems, and holiday inflatables up to 300 feet away.

Other good plug-in smart outlets

We tested a number of smart plugs that we didn’t prefer as overall picks but that are perfectly fine choices.

The Monoprice Stitch Mini is just as affordable as our top pick (and almost as small). But the app isn’t as easy to use, and its special features are really confusing since no instructions are included or available online. We also looked at the Monoprice Stitch Wireless Smart Power Strip, but it doesn’t have manual controls for each outlet, it lacks energy monitoring, and it comes with an especially short cord (19 inches).

The WiZ Smart Plug is a Wi-Fi model made by Philips, yet it isn’t compatible with the company’s lineup of Hue devices. It does work well, and it includes support for Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri Shortcuts. But our top picks edge out this plug with better features and a better overall user experience.

At $25, the Amazon Smart Plug is too expensive, but it goes on sale—a lot—and would be worth snatching up if you’re an Alexa user and can find it for under $10.

The Geeni Smart Dot and the Geeni Switch Duo performed well in tests, but they don’t offer the extras our top picks do, and the app isn’t as user-friendly. The Geeni Surge is also good, but it doesn’t have USB ports, and judging by the specs, we’d categorize this model as more of a smart power strip than a surge protector.

The Satechi Dual Smart Outlet performs well, but the Wemo is a better bargain for HomeKit users. This model packs two outlets into a strip that doesn’t crowd the wall receptacle and offers energy monitoring in kWh. But it’s usually three times the price of the Wemo, which makes the Satechi a hard sell.

The competition

The Peace by Hampton Single Outlet Smart Plug is as cheap as the Wyze Plug. But the Peace plug’s range wasn’t as good, and it didn’t have the same selection of features. It also had a constant red LED (which we wanted to be able to turn off), along with a blue LED that popped up whenever the plug was in use.

The dual-outlet ConnectSense Smart Outlet2 is bulky and not very user-friendly. The Currant WiFi Smart Outlet is a double-plug model for users who want to go beyond the basics—but it is also twice as expensive as our double-plug outdoor pick, while being less user-friendly than any of our top selections. The Currant does provide Bluetooth support for when your Wi-Fi is down, and it’s able to make suggestions in the app on how you can save money based on your habits and local utility.

Our previous also-great pick, the Lutron Caséta Smart Lighting Lamp Dimmer, works well if you have the Caséta system or you want to dim plug-in lights. However, you need a Lutron Bridge to use the Lutron app to control it. Also, it is specifically designed for lights (and nothing else) and has two outlets that you can’t control independently.

We’re going to continue testing the Ezlo PlugHub because we like that this small plug-in has an internal Z-Wave hub built in. But that functionality makes it chunky and more than twice the price of our single-outlet picks.

Eve makes beautiful devices that work well with HomeKit. However, the Eve Energy is twice the price of the Wemo WiFi Smart Plug, and it needs an iPad, HomePod, or AppleTV to work outside of the house. Also, we can’t justify paying $100 for the Eve Energy Strip, which has just three controllable outlets.

We ruled out Leviton’s DW3HL-1BW and Topgreener’s TGWF115APM because they were bulky and/or expensive, especially considering that none of them offered anything that warranted the extra space or cost. Topgreener’s TGWF115PQM is more compact but lacks the options of our top picks.

The Wemo WiFi Smart Outdoor Plug is a disappointment on many levels. The temperature range is too narrow for an outdoor plug (just 32 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit), and we found our custom schedules were routinely ignored. And even though it has two outlets, they can’t be controlled independently.

Both the Geeni Outdoor Smart Plug and the Geeni Outdoor Duo have a temperature range of 14 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit, which isn’t as good as on the Kasa KP400. In our testing, the Duo responded slowly at best—and often not at all—both outside and when it was installed indoors right next to our router.

Frequently asked questions

Why isn’t my smart plug working?

Although some plug-in smart outlets use Bluetooth (or other wireless technology), most connect via your home’s Wi-Fi. Many Wi-Fi routers transmit using two wireless frequencies—2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. But all of the Wi-Fi–enabled smart plugs we tested are able to connect only via 2.4 GHz networks. And that’s where trouble sometimes crops up; if your smartphone is on the 5 GHz frequency while you’re trying to set up your device, and your plug uses only 2.4 GHz, then you won’t be able to connect. So before you plug anything in or download an app, make sure your smartphone is connected to the network your smart device will live on (2.4 GHz).

Can I install my smart plug behind furniture?

Smart plugs are great to place behind furniture, as well as in other spots that are difficult to reach. Just be aware that most smart plugs connect on the front and therefore will stick out from the wall—and even more so once something is plugged into it. If you’re worried about the fit, consider instead using a smart power strip, which sits on the floor. Also, remember that smart plugs (like most smart-home devices) suffer from occasional flubs, so you may need to get back there and reset the device on occasion.

Why does my smart plug need to know my location?

Many smart-home devices ask you to enable location services on your smartphone to unlock specific features. For instance, geofencing is a feature that turns your plug on and off based on the location of your smartphone. Also, many smart plugs can be triggered based on local sunrise and sunset times, which are determined based on your location. If you aren’t interested in these types of features, it’s typically fine to disable location awareness or just opt to enable it only when the app is in use.

Sources

  1. Britta O’Boyle, Best smart plugs 2021: Google, Alexa and Apple HomeKit control of your home, Pocket-lint, January 7, 2021

  2. Kate Kozuch, The best smart plugs in 2021, Tom’s Guide, January 15, 2021

  3. Molly Price, Best smart plugs for 2021: Solutions for Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and Siri homes, CNET, December 28, 2020

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Sours: https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/reviews/best-smart-switch/

A Smarter Power Strip

Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Strip, 6-Outlets  |  HS300

The Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Strip is a smarter way to control multiple devices from anywhere.

Features

  • 6 Smart Outlets

    Independently control 6 smart outlets and charge 3 devices with built-in USB ports.

  • Surge Protection

    ETL certified surge protection shields sensitive electronics and appliances from sudden power surges that can occur during weather storms and cause irreparable damage.

  • Energy Monitoring

    Monitor how much energy devices connected to the power strip consume. Check on each one from your Kasa Smart app and turn off ones that are using too much.

  • Voice Control

    Control your smart power strip using simple voice commands with Alexa and Google Assistant.

  • Grouping

    Use Grouping to combine all six of your smart plugs on the power strip with other Kasa Smart devices for seamless control with one single tap on your smartphone.

  • Control From Anywhere

    Control connected devices from anywhere with the Kasa Smart app. Power up your office remotely and even your holiday lights from the app.

Independent Control

Independently control 6 smart outlets, and charge 3 devices with built-in USB ports. Ideal for controlling electronics in your home, game room, small business, or home office. Set schedules for each outlet individually or control them all in a Group. Control connected devices from the Kasa Smart app or with your favorite voice assistant.

Surge Protection

ETL certified surge protection shields sensitive electronics and appliances from sudden power surges that can occur during weather storms, such as lightning and rainstorms, and cause irreparable damage.

Your Voice Has Power

Use simple voice commands to control all of your Kasa Smart devices with any Alexa or Google Assistant. Tell your voice assistant to turn on your living room lamp, have it schedule the coffee maker for the morning, even turn on your office fan when it gets too hot.

A Single Tap Is All It Takes

Use the Grouping feature on the Kasa Smart app to combine your devices together for unified control with one single tap on your smartphone. Combine your living room bulbs, plugs and light switches together for an easier way to turn them on when you get home.

Technical Specifications +

Communication

Wi-fi Protocol

Kasa App System Requirement

iOS 10 or Android 5.0 or higher

Wi-fi Requirements

Secured home Wi-Fi connection required

Hardware

Product Dimensions (w x D x H)

14.17 x 2.49 x 1.48 in (360 x 63.3 x 37.5 mm)

Packaging Dimensions (w x D x H)

16.93 x 5.04 x 2.28 in (430 x 128 x 58 mm)

Product Weight

Packaging Weight

Ports And Connections

AC plug and power socket

3 USB ports

Led Panel

Wi-Fi LED (red, amber, green)

Status LED

General

General Features

6 smart outlets

Built-in Surge protector

3 USB ports

Connects to a secure 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network

Operating Temperature

0ºC ~ 40ºC (32°F ~ 104°F )

Operating Humidity

10%~90%RH, Non-condensing

Warranty Description

2-year limited warranty (US only)

Working Status

Input

Output

15A 1875W maximum load in total

Vpr

500V(L-N) 500V(L-G) 500V(N-G) Type 3 SPD

Usb

5V/2.4A each; 5V/4A in total

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What's Included

  • (1) Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Strip, 6-Outlets

  • (1) Quick Start Guide

Sours: https://www.kasasmart.com/us/products/smart-plugs/kasa-smart-wi-fi-power-strip-hs300
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Smarter In-Wall Outlet

Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Outlet, 2-Sockets  |  KP200

Everything you enjoy about smart plugs, now in a discreet in-wall outlet.

Features

  • Smart In-wall Outlets

    Kasa Smart’s in-wall outlet lets you control 2 plugged in devices from anywhere at the same time or individually. All the features and benefits of a Kasa Smart plug multiplied.

  • Control From Anywhere

    Turn your in-wall outlet on or off, set schedules or scenes from anywhere with your smartphone using the Kasa Smart app.

  • Voice Control

    Use simple voice commands with your in-wall smart outlet and any Alexa, Google Assistant or Microsoft Cortana.

  • Away Mode

    Set your outlet to turn connected devices on and off randomly throughout the day to make it appear you’re home even while you’re away.

  • Grouping

    Use Grouping to combine your smart outlet with other Kasa Smart devices for seamless control with one single tap on your smartphone.

  • Schedules

    Use your Kasa Smart app to individually schedule each device connected to the Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Outlet to automatically switch on or off at set times.

  • Easy Install

    No need to understand complex wiring, just follow the step-by-step wiring process in the Kasa Smart app for a guided installation.*

    *Any modification may void warranty.

Smart In-Wall Outlets

Kasa Smart’s in-wall outlet lets you control 2 plugged in devices from anywhere at the same time or individually. All the features and benefits of a Kasa Smart plug multiplied.

Install Tutorial

Before you begin installation of your Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Outlet, we recommend watching this tutorial. Installation and a neutral wire are required for this product. A step-by-step guide can also be found in the Kasa Smart app.

Voice Control

Use simple voice commands with your in-wall smart outlet and any Alexa, Google Assistant or Microsoft Cortana. You can give each outlet a unique name and use them separately.

A Single Tap Is All It Takes

Use the Grouping feature on the Kasa Smart app to combine your devices together for unified control with one single tap on your smartphone. Combine your living room bulbs, plugs and light switches together for an easier way to turn them on when you get home.

Technical Specifications +

Communication

Wi-fi Protocol

Wi-fi Requirements

Secured 2.4GHz home Wi-Fi network

Kasa Smart App System Requirement

iOS 10 or Android 5.0 or higher

Hardware

Product Dimensions (w x D x H)

1.73 x 3.33 x 5.11 in (43.9 x 84.7 x 129.7 mm)

Packaging Dimensions (w x D x H)

4.65 x 2.56 x 6.73 in (118 x 65 x 171 mm)

Product Weight

Packaging Weight

Ports And Connections

2 sockets

Line, neutral, ground wire lead

Buttons

2 outlet on/off control buttons

Leds

1 system indicator (red, amber, green, white)

2 socket on/off indicators (white)

Installation Requirements

Standard outlet wall box (at least 2 inches deep)

Neutral wire required

General

General Features

- ETL certified Tamper Resistant Outlets with fire retardant housing

- Easy install with on-app step-by-step instructions

- Individually controlled sockets

- No hub required

- Works with Alexa, Google Assistant and more

Mobile App Features

- On-app installation guide

- Control from anywhere

- Individual control

- Set Schedules, Timers and Scenes

- Away mode

- Group control

- Widgets quick control

Communication Security

Utilizes HTTPS with SSL/TLS technology

What’s In The Box

1 Smart Power Outlet

1 wall plate

3 wire nuts

1 quick start guide (includes wire label sheet)

Certification

Operating Temperature

Operating Humidity

10%~90%RH, non-condensing

Warranty

2-year limited warranty (US only)

Working Status

Input

Output

15A maximum load in total

Power Rating

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What's Included

  • (1) Smart Power Outlet

  • (1) Wall Plate

  • (3) Wire Nuts

  • (1) Quick Start Guide

Sours: https://www.kasasmart.com/us/products/smart-plugs/kasa-smart-wifi-power-outlet-kp200
Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Strip by TP-Link

TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Outlet review: The Kasa Smart KP200 covers all the basics

TP-Link’s Kasa smart home line has long included a variety off plug-in smart outlets, and now the brand is extending into the wall. With its Kasa model KP200 Smart Wi-Fi Power Outlet, TP-Link offers a compelling way to turn any old outlet into a smart one—no smart hub required.

Wiring the Kasa KP200 isn’t really any different than any other in-wall smart outlet on the market. The unit is designed with three pigtails extending from its chunky base. Using the included wire nuts (or larger ones, as I had to use due to extra wires inside my junction box), you simply attach the three pigtails to the color-corresponding line, neutral, and ground wires, and then push everything back into the box.

As with most smart outlets, the product includes a white cover to match the white outlet. This simply snaps on to the outlet once you’ve attached it to the wall with the two built-in screws, though affixing it securely can be a little tricky.

tp link kp200.Christopher Null

TP-Link doesn’t include an actual manual in the box. Rather, the Kasa app walks you through the setup process in considerable detail. Even if you’ve never rewired an outlet before, it’s difficult to get lost along the way. This one is limited to 15 amps, though, so you might not want to install it your kitchen (most modern kitchens have 20-amp service to handle countertop appliances).

Once the hardware is in place, the Kasa app takes over. This app is basic and intuitive, prompting you to join the device to your Wi-Fi network, name each of the two sockets, and then assign them an appropriate icon. I installed the outlet where we always put our Christmas tree, and I was pleased to see there was an even an icon for that included.

tp link kp200 side viewTP-Link

The outlets are individually controllable and programmable, and you can set up schedules, and timers to turn the outlet on or off after a certain length of time. There’s also an away mode, but that’s really just a custom version of the scheduling system. The Kasa KP200 does not include energy consumption reporting, but it does report the amount of time each outlet was on over the current day, the previous 7 days, and last 30 days. This feature isn’t not hugely useful, but it’s at least something in the way of metrics.

tp link kp200 app screenshotsChristopher Null

When a socket is active, a small LED adjacent to that socket glows. These LEDs are built into tiny, manual on/off switches that are located in between the two sockets. (The LEDs can be turned off in the app, along with a third LED that indicates if the outlet has Wi-Fi connectivity.) If you don’t want to bother with the app, you can always push these buttons to turn the outlet on or off, but they’re so small that you’ll probably need to use a fingernail in order to reach them. Note as well that large plugs or power bricks will cover up those buttons.

Kasa devices work with Alexa and Google Assistant, and I was surprised to receive a message in the app during setup that said my new outlet had automatically been discovered by Alexa and was ready to use, presumably because I already had the Kasa skill installed. That didn’t turn out to be the case, though, and I had to tell Alexa to search for new devices (via the typical method), and then setup each outlet individually. After that, telling Alexa to turn the outlets on or off via the names I’d given them in the Kasa app worked perfectly.

At $40, Kasa’s in-wall outlet is priced in line with similar devices, but is much cheaper than other premium products such as the iDevices Wall Outlet, which now runs about $70. Sure, the Kasa is missing a few luxe features like energy monitoring and a color-tunable nightlight, but for users with basic needs—and don’t care about HomeKit support—it fits the bill quite well.

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  • TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Outlet (Model KP200)

    This Wi-Fi-connected, in-wall outlet covers the basics and works without issues, but it's not the right choice for Apple HomeKit fans.

    Pros

    • Attractive and relatively demure hardware
    • Easy to install, with an easy-to-use app
    • Affordably priced

    Cons

    • No energy consumption reporting features
    • Separate schedules must be set for on and off actions
    • No HomeKit support

Christopher Null is a veteran technology and business journalist. He contributes regularly to TechHive, PCWorld, and Wired, and operates the websites Drinkhacker and Film Racket.

Sours: https://www.techhive.com/article/3365076/tp-link-kasa-smart-wi-fi-power-outlet-review.html

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