The next step of having a smart home required me to add in power plugs which I could control with my iPhone or through voice-control of the Amazon Echo Dot (AKA Alexa). I wanted ones which did not require a separate hub, reasonably priced and works with Alexa. Hence I settled on the TP-Link HS100.
I bought mine from Argos for £24.99 as I could collect it from the local store. In fact I ordered 2 – one for my daughter who notoriously leaves everything plugged in and charging even when she is out of the house, and one for my television and Yamaha Soundbar so it could be powered up remotely or switched off to save energy.
It promises easy setup which was the case for me. All I had to do was download the Kasa App and follow the simple instructions. Once it is done – in fact the devices which connect to the Wi-Fi router seem to all follow the same setup of connect with your smartphone to the device’s Wi-Fi, select the Wi-Fi network for the device to connect to, enter the password and then the App with do the rest.
There is flexibility in how to control the smart plug, with remote access through iCloud, scheduling for it to come on or switch off at set times, and also an Away mode to turn devices on and off randomly to simulate that someone is at home when you are on holiday far away from home.
I chose the HS100 as it was one of the least inexpensive smart plugs out there which was able to do what I needed. The more expensive HS110 is also able to monitor the energy consumption of the devices drawing power through it. The HS100 only gives you the length of time it has been powered on for.
There are two buttons on it – the power button and the reset button on the top of the plug. The power button also serves to indicate if it is connected to the Wi-Fi.
Just follow the instructions for installation included and it should be fairly straight forward.