Pros: Works exactly as you would expect it to in my case, I'll explain.
Set up is a piece of cake...plug in, connect to your wifi and download the app.
Clicks on and off quickly using the manual buttons in the app, the app is very simple, elegant, and easy to use
Cons: The size, it simply eats up an extra plug no matter where you plug it in (top wall socket is obstructed when you plug in on the bottom socket/ bottom socket completely covered if you plug it in on the top, neighboring spots on a power strip are also obstructed)
TP-Link, making this smartplug in a form factor that has compatible with the silly EU and UK plug types is not a problem you should be worried about for a US product.
Overall Review: Not sure why there are so few features listed on the item description but lets go through them here.
Smart app lets you control many smart plugs from home or away
Lights can be scheduled ON/OFF for each plug or plug groups (the same rules can be applied to multiple smart plugs) The app even uses GPS to know when sunset is to tune lights N for when it gets dark
Away mode turns lights ON/OFF to fake out the burglars while you are out of town
Compatible with Echo if you like yelling at your lights (think The Clapper just funnier)
Take a photo of each item being controlled so you can set an icon for each smartplug in the app
Overall its a very good product and app combo that works well to solve the problem at hand. The price is reasonable and the functionality is solid.
Pros: The device itself works as expected. As a software developer, I have to give credit with this application. It is virtually flawless, and there was a lot of end user testing put into the Kasa App.
The Kasa application itself is very straight forward and easy to use. It took about 2 minutes to actually connect and do the initial configuration through the app. It connected and allowed me to enter the password for the WiFi without dropping connection on my android device. Other smart plugs / networking equipment I’ve configured is a battle to stay connected long enough to configure.
The scheduling system in the app is also very straight forward. Set the on / off time and the day selected. As any schedule system, this too allows for easy repeat configuration.
The away feature is kind of interesting. It will randomly turn on and off the device to simulate someone being home.
The ‘Remote Control’ feature is pretty slick also. As long as the device is powered on and connected to the network, you can access it from a location outside of the house. Works pretty good with our home security camera, we can turn it on and take a look at the dogs when we are away from home.
The device handles 15 amps, which enabled the use of a space heater. Only took about ten minutes from first plugging in the plug and programming it to wake up, and turn on right before i get home for work!
Cons: You need to have the Kasa application installed on device in order to configure the smart plug. The application runs flawless and is extremely easy to use though. However it is not accessible through a web interface.
Only compatible with 2.4ghz.
Overall Review: You can certainly hear the relay kicking on and off inside of the plug when it is commanded on/off. Not a bad thing, and probably easy to troubleshoot.
Some others have mentioned difficulty when plugging into an outlet using both plugs. I have not ran into this issue. I can still plug in a standard two prong plug into the same outlet with the smart plug in the other slot. I imagine using a 3 prong outlet, this would get bulky.
Pros: - Sexy design
- Easy Setup
- Scheduler/Custom Schedule
- Away feature
- 2 year warranty
- Works with Alexa/Echo
Cons: - Blocks the other connection to the outlet
Overall Review: Setup was super simple with this device. I had it connected to the network in under 5 minutes using only my smartphone (Android OS). First I installed the Kasa app from the Play Store and then plugged the device into the wall outlet. I did notice that I had to remove the cord connected to the bottom plug port, so this thing will take up an entire outlet. Once connected, I opened the Kasa app and clicked to add a device. You then specify what type of device you are wanting to connect. The app confirmed the Smart Plug was ready to be set up asking if the amber lights were flashing and then disconnected from my wireless and connected wirelessly to the Smart Plug. After adding network credentials and naming the device, it was connected and ready to go.
To test the device I plugged a floor lamp into it. I went back to the Kasa app and simply clicked the power button on my phone screen and the lamp came on. The Smart Plug makes a noise like turning a switch on when you power it on and off. It worked great with zero lag between my touching my screen and the plug responding.
The scheduler is pretty nice and you can add the time frame you wish to keep the Smart Plug 'on' and when you want it 'off'. There's custom settings for the scheduler as well as things like "sunset" that uses GPS and whatever the sunset time is for that evening.
This device works with The Alexa/Echo service. I'd like to see it support IFTT as well as Google's Home Hub (similar to the Echo). I'm sure future firmware updates will probably include these services.
Overall I am impressed with this device, it's nice looking and it's an eye-sore and functions as you'd expect.
Pros: If you have a smart phone and know how to use it, you can set this up, no problem.
You can setup the app to only work locally, or you can have it work away from home as well. Great for if you know you're going to be late and want a light on in the house, or you know it's going to be hot/cold and want to turn on a fan/heater a half hour/hour before you get home. Obviously you want to be careful when it comes to a heater, so as to reduce/eliminate any risk of fire.
Also, if you've got a room/porch/patio setup with alternate lighting (LED strips or Christmas Lighting) this is great for making it easy to set the mood before you go out there, without having to hunch over in a corner to switch it on/off or unplug it when you're not using it.
It's a fairly simple product, and it works. There's not much to be said in the way of pros/cons.
Cons: While it's not so bulky that it blocks the second outlet, I kind of would've preferred a two outlet version (with two different power options in the app) or maybe a version with a smaller bottom so you can put a bigger plug on the bottom outlet.
Some people complain about it being limited to 2.4Ghz, but honestly, that's the best place for it to be. 2.4Ghz gives it greater range and isn't eating up a high speed 5Ghz antenna at any point. I consider that to be a good thing.
Overall Review: Several people have mentioned it, but it is SHOCKINGLY easy to set this thing up. I plugged it in between a lamp and the wall, downloaded the Kasa app on my phone, and setup an account (literally just put in an email an password). Boom! It found the item without me having to switch WIFI networks or anything. I wish more things (I'm looking at you, WIFI extenders!) were this easy to setup.
It's worth mentioning that there's an HS110 model that tracks energy usage as well, and only costs about $10 more. I could see that being the more useful item in the long run, but I'd like to see the price on these come down a little bit. I'd love to have a house full of these. Honestly, I'd like to see this built into the outlets themselves, so we don't have to have anything in front of them.
Pros: Fairly simple setup
Cons: Blocks other outlets
Not very secure
Overall Review: The HS100 Smart Plug by TP-LINK is a great little device used to control a power outlet remotely. Using the provided smartphone app (called Kasa) and TP-LINK’s free cloud service, you can control the device from anywhere. In the box is the device and some quick set up instructions. The first thing to note is the ridiculousness that this device blocks other outlets it’s next to. Why companies don’t test this is beyond me.
Setup was fairly painless although there were some kinks in the app requiring me to kill it and restart it. I initially set the device up as local only, then later chose to set up the cloud service. This seemed to mess up the configuration of the device. I had to reset it with the button, then re-set it up in the app, which then failed multiple times. Eventually it worked and stayed working well.
The Kasa app, while getting out of state a few times during the setup process, worked well once everything is was up. The scheduling and timer work great. Having the option to connect it to your Alexa service is a nice addition, though it would have been great if they’d have included an IFTT (If This Then That) channel as well. With some Googling you can find some “hacky” ways to get it to work with other systems. Which brings me to the final point:
Security. The HS100 Smart Plug can be set up as local only, meaning you can only control it while you’re on your local network. The issue is that even in local mode, the device still periodically attempts to “phone home” to the TP-LINK servers. There’s also a number of security flaws in the device. A very detailed blog post of said flaws can be found by Googling “Lubomir Stroetmann TP-Link HS110”. Some people may not care but it provides useful insight to the device, especially if you’re wanting it to work with a more home brew type of system.
Overall this is a good device and it does what it says. The security issues are enough for me to remove an egg as well as it blocking other outlets. A solid three eggs though.
Pros: - Aesthetically pleasing design, looks good on the wall plug (unlike some other ones that are just huge!), this one is smaller and oval shaped
- Good construction, quality build, hard plastic and won't just crack if it fell off the wall plug (for some odd reason)
- 2 Year warranty with 24/7 tech support (not a lot of companies offer this)
- Has a 3 prong input outlet (some only have 2 prong inputs)
- Conveniently located ON/OFF switch (button) on the front of device
- Glowing LED light isn't too bright, but bright enough to see in dark
- Download app; compatible with iOS and Android devices
- The app is called "Kasa" - easy to use, intuitive, looks good as well.
- Easy to use and easy to set up - plus it's simply "set it and forget it"
- The included software makes this unit extremely easy to set up, you can schedule times when to turn on/off, there's an away mode so it turns on/off connected devices at certain times and it consistently works.
- The best feature I liked, was being able to set lights to turn on at "sunset"; the app automatically uses GPS coordinates to determine your location and uses the sunset time to schedule the light to turn ON when it's sunset. That is awesome!
- Connects to WiFi so you can change or control it anywhere in the world with the iOS or Android.
- They've taken a lot of thought into this product: for example; if you plugged a lamp into the TP-Link HS100, you can take a picture of the lamp and set it as the icon (or use their included icons) so you know what it's plugged into.
- You can have multiple TP-Link HS100's plugged throughout your house and each one has their own "profile" with unique icons and can be controlled individually or set up to turn ON/OFF at the same time!
Cons: - Like other devices of this nature, it's big and bulky and fills up the whole wall plug so you can't use the 2nd plug whether you plug it to the top or bottom wall plug
That is really my only real con, the rest are just ideas or things to keep in mind:
- Supports up to 15AMPS, so you can only plug smaller devices. Can't plug in like a 20amp swamp cooler or use a multiple power strip where you're going to plug in multiple items over 15amps total.
- You're going to need to purchase one TP-Link HS100 for each lamp or device you want to automate in the house, which is going to be costly.
- Not a total CON, but..it would be nice if they included a "dimming" function so you can dim lights down, maybe in higher models?
- Must be connected to WiFi in order for device to work out of the box. I know these type of products were meant to be used with WiFi..but what if the house never had WiFi to begin with but still wanted automation?
Overall Review: Overall, this TP-Link HS100 is a great Smart Plug. You can tell that TP-Link has spent some time designing the device and making the software simple to use for an average person. The price point is on par with other devices, but I'd like it best at just $20 for each device or maybe have a bundle (like 5 for like $75). You get the concept. Still, if you're in the market for a smart plug, or something to turn on/off devices at certain times with a great warranty, 24/7 support and works as it should; this TP-Link HS100 will do you just fine...I'd highly recommend it!
I've been using it for about 2 weeks now and it works just like it should. There are included instructions for those who are too tech-literate but it's really simple enough to start right away. You'll need the instructions to get to the Apple Store or Android Store to download the Kasa app. Once you download the Kasa app, get the device connected to your WiFi, it's a breeze to get it set up.
Again, I just love the "sunset" feature where the app uses GPS to pinpoint your location and uses the predetermined sunset time to turn ON devices. In my case, I have it connected to a lamp in my living room so it turns on as soon as sunset hits the porch and it automatically turns off at 11pm because it's when everybody's supposed to be sleeping anyways.
In the future, I hope they can make a power strip with WiFi features so I can turn on/off multiple devices that are plugged in; lamp, tv, satellite receiver, computer(s), etc.
Pros: I was skepticle of the use of something like this when i first received the review option but was curious enough to try it out.
It's basically a remote controlled outlet that works via a cell phone app.
I absolutely love it. It's super useful to be able to turn things on and off remotely from anywhere.
If you have a light that does not have its own switch and is placed somewhere hard to reach this is one of the better things that you could spend thirty dollars on.
For once I really can not come up with any downsides of this product.
Overall Review: The app was super simple to configure it took me all of 5 minutes on my cellphone to configure the app and start playing around with the features. It works equally as well on android and ios.
The app has tons of features that allow you to set times for whatever you have plugged into it to turn on and off. You can use it as a simple timer or set a schedule for all the time, certain days, essentially whatever your heart desires.
The flexibility of the app is impressive, it's simple enough to work great for just turning a light on and off but it also lets you schedule more complicated things for the light (or whatever is plugged into this) to turn on and off.
We're considering picking up a couple more of these simply because of how useful it has proven to be around the apartment.
Easy to setup and use.
Kasa App is intuitive and easy to learn.
Remote Access control.
Multiple timers can be set: day and time.
Easily add affordable home automation.
Main menu of Kasa app displays total run time use summary of hours per day/week.
TP-Link designed the Smart Plug to setup without a hassle, simply download the TP-Link Kasa app to your smart phone or tablet. Create a TP-Link Kasa account to access the Smart Plug. Then follow the simple instructions that will guide you through the steps of connecting the Smart Plug to your Wi-Fi
The Kasa app provides the user control of the Smart Plug’s abilities, allows you to configure and control multiple Smart Plugs, each with their own definable control schemes.
The primary functions of the Smart Plug are broken down into four primary categories: Schedule, Away, Timer and On Demand control.
With Schedule mode, you can set a predefined power cycle for any day of the week and any time, you can set as many power cycles per day as there are minutes *I did not test this, and the app probably wouldn’t like that many entries.
One thing that really shines about the Schedule mode is you can define individual days separately, and have varying times fore each day: something that is not possible on most analog timers.
Away mode sets the Smart Plug to power cycle randomly during a predefined schedule to give the appearance that there is activity at home. This would be most useful in the scenario of extended travel where you would want to give the impression that someone is home. Unlike schedule mode, Away mode will cycle power on and off at random intervals in a relaxed natural usage pace.
There is also a Sunrise & Sunset mode (click on either the left or right arrows in the Kasa Schedule or Away mode menu).
This mode is pretty cool as you can configure the device to turn on or off at sunset or sunrise or both.
The app will automatically adjust to your local sunset / sunrise times if you enable location awareness for the Kasa app. If you’re not comfortable with allowing location awareness you can manually type in your latitude and longitude.
One time Timer mode, is just that, a simple one time timer that turns on or off the Smart Plug at a given time, and can be set for any given day of the current week.
The most impressive feature is the remote control of the Smart Plug:
You can use Kasa to remotely cycle the switch to turn on or off your Smart Plug device(s) on demand, from anywhere you have internet connectivity. (no more fumbling in the dark for a light switch)
Only works with analog devices with physical switches or always on devices, so you’re probably not going to use this with your flat panel TV.
The LED indicator is handy to see what state the connectivity is in, I just wish the LED was a little softer. It’s not blinding or too bright, I would prefer a slightly more subtle brightness level.
Overall Review: ~
This is home automation made simple, and affordable. Its perfect for those occasions where you get home after dark and no lights are on, and you’re fumbling around in the dark for a light switch. You could set a sunset schedule so you have a light on waiting for you when you get home from a long day.
You could use the Smart Plug with a fan or heater to warm or cool your space before you get there, use with a toaster to toast your bread in the morning. You could illuminate your house plants on a daily timer, turn the light on over your fish tank, turn a radio on. Who knows, maybe you engineered a silhouette to move around a room on a model train and you need a means to remotely control it. The possibilities are many.
I couldn’t find any documentation that stated the maximum number of Smart Plugs that could be used with Kasa, but I would guess that it would work fine with 10+ units on one network.
Overall the TP-Link Smart Plug is a fantastic device that will bring home automation to you with ease at an affordable price. The design aesthetics sports a stylish, modern refined appearance that doesn’t stand out, or draw unwanted attention to the eye.
By far this is an easy recommendation, everyone I have shown this to have said “I want that”.