October 6, 2018
October 6, 2018
86 of 90 people found the following review helpful
Instructional Review: Tiny and magnificent. You’ll LOVE IT!!!, April 1, 2017
By Jorge Juarez (Chicago, IL United States) –
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This review is from: Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini by TP-Link – Control your Devices from Anywhere, No Hub Required, Compact Design, Works With Alexa and Google Assistant (HS105) (Electronics)
After researching automated light switches and outlets to control my lights, I picked TP-Link because they do not require a separate hub to work. Out of the box, install or plug-in, load the Kasa app and create an account, discover using the Kasa app (connect the device to your WiFi at home) and you’re ready to go.
I absolutely LOVE the light switches and the outlet plugs. The online TP-LINK installation videos are awesome; short and concise with clear instructions. These Smart devices work perfectly every time using the Kasa app, Alexa and now the Google Assistant. When the power went out once, the devices automatically reconnected and worked flawlessly. BEST PURCHASE EVER!!!
I bought the Amazon Echo Dot – 4 times – and controlled my lights from anywhere in the house simply by speaking to Alexa.
Then, as of 3/25/17, Google Assistant got in the action. So now I can also tell my phone “Ok Goggle, turn on the Basement” and the two Smart Plugs (one mini and one original-sized) turn on together since I made a “basement” group to include them both.
If you’re buying these Smart Plugs or Smart Switches for the first time, the below info will be helpful to know to avoid asking yourself “why is it not working for me the way people say they do?”
1. You need to install the Kasa app and create a user account to operate your devices using your phone/tablet. The Smart devices must be able to connect via the WiFi in your house to be operated remotely (by you not manually touching the device). Although you can still operate the devices manually, you bought these to operate them remotely. The Kasa app let’s you name each Smart device (IMPORTANT: NAME EACH DEVICE AND GROUP AS YOU WANT TO CALL IT OUT USING ALEXA OR GOOGLE ASSISTANT) and create “Scenes” to group multiple Smart devices to turn on/off at the same time. Tapping on the device name in the Kasa app opens the options to set schedules, timers and more.
2. Got an Amazon Echo? Install the Alexa app on your phone/tablet, add the Kasa Skill, link the Kasa Skill to your Kasa account (from point #1 above), discover devices, then create Groups – similar to the Scenes in Kasa – and select which devices to include in the group for Alexa to know what you meant to turn on/off at the same time. If you DON’T create groups in the Alexa Skill: A) Simply ask Alexa to turn on/off the individual Smart device name, and… B) Alexa will NOT know which multiple Smart devices to turn on/off at the same time – even though you created a Scene (group) in the Kasa app, key phrase here… “in the Kasa app”. After you create a group name and include Smart devices in the Alexa Skill, you’ll feel like one of The Jetsons, a Star Trek crew member or a millionaire, with the power to command lights on and off using you voice: “Alexa, turn on the Living Room”.
3. Got an Android smartphone/tablet with Android version 6.0 or higher? Google began sending upgrades to those devices to install the Android Assistant – the same Artificial Intelligence (AI) used with the Google Home device (the device that competes with Amazon Echo). Here’s the deal, similar to the Alexa Skill, you NEED to enable and setup the Android Assistant using the similar steps I described in topic #2 above: Link it to your Kasa account, create Group names and add Smart devices to the group, etc. To set up your Android Assistant to operate your TP-LINK Smart devices, start by saying “Ok Google, turn on my LIGHTS” – the AI is smart and will prompt you with a bubble for you to setup Google Home interfaces. It’s da bomb!
Hopefully this will help you enjoy your TP-LINK Smart devices as much as I do.
If you’re thinking “I’m still not sure if I should get these or another brand…” GET THESE!!! You will not regret it. They work great! Also, when I had questions, their customer support was very responsive. The love is definitely there.
My goal is to get my entire house upgraded to use only TP-LINK light switches. In time, as the budget allows, it will happen.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Simple Setup, Amazon Echo (Alexa) Integration, Easy to Use Smartphone App, Nothing Else to Buy, March 31, 2017
By Craig Warrington (USA) –
This is the first “smart plug” device I have purchased. We have several switches on timers and an older automated lighting system in the house, but I wanted to control some string lights in the porch and since there wasn’t an outlet there we looked for alternatives. Initially we had tried one of those inexpensive remote control outlets. It worked OK for a while, but at times the remote would be unresponsive. At other times the lights would come on or shut off by themselves. We started wondering if perhaps a neighbor had the same type of switch and our signals were interfering.
Enter the TP-Link Smart Plug. This is ideal because it only covers one of the receptacles which allows us to continue using the other one. We utilize a few of the Amazon Echo devices in the house so integrating with Alexa was a must. I have a few other TP-Link devices in my home and have been pleased with them, so I figured I’d give this a shot and I’ve been very happy.
Setup was easy. I downloaded the Kasa app on my phone, walked through the simple instructions, linked it to Alexa via the Echo app… and done. Setup took maybe three minutes and it worked perfectly the first time and every time since. There are no batteries needed, and no other devices (hubs or other hardware) so all you need is the one Smart Plug, a smartphone or tablet, and wifi. In fact even if you didn’t have wifi you could still control this from a smartphone but you would have to connect to the wifi in the plug itself.
Now we can simply ask Alexa to turn the lights on or off and the response time is practically instantaneous. I thought there might be a lag of a second or two when using Alexa but that hasn’t been the case. I can also use my phone to turn the lights on or off (or any device where you have the app installed), or I can set different timers or various scenes if I really want to. However, for our purposes a simple on or off is all we need.
Also, the unit does have a button on the side so you can turn the lights on or off manually – but we have the plug buried behind a cabinet so we won’t be using that feature. This is really about as simple as automated lighting can get. I’m very happy and eventually I can see installing some of the hard wired switches in various rooms to allow us even more control over lighting and the ability to ask Alexa to shut off the lights downstairs since asking the kids doesn’t seem to work nearly as well.
Based upon my experience I’ll most likely continue going back to TP-Link for our other smart devices since the app is so easy to use and having multiple devices together in one app allows custom scenes and things like vacation mode etc.
The only minor (and I do mean minor) negative I can think of is that as of now I do not believe there is a way to dim the lights controlled by the switch. I somewhat understand that since TP-Link has no idea what kind of devices people might plug into it and therefore they wouldn’t want people dimming power to devices that could be harmed by this. However there might be times when having the lights on at only half power would be nice, so just be aware that as of today this is a strictly on or off plug. They could change this down the road with a firmware update perhaps, but I’m not expecting that to happen. If you want to dim your lights, you’ll likely need to invest in one of the hard wired switches that offers that functionality.
190 of 198 people found the following review helpful
Mom’s best friend, April 4, 2017
By Hannah Baker (Kenosha, WI) –
I have our TV and Xbox hooked up to this. This is how things used to go in my house:
Me: pause the game and put your laundry awayChild: let me just finish this levelMe: no. I need you to do it now.Child: but mom….And this continues until I’m ready rip my hair out.
This is how things go now
Me: pause the game and put your laundry awayChild: but mom…Me: I’m opening the Kasa app…Child: OK! OK! I’m going
I also have a schedule set so it doesn’t even turn in the morning when people should be getting ready for school. After school, it’s scheduled to be off, and once everyone has homework done, we turn it on. The kids know that if I power stuff off from the app, they won’t have a chance to save their game. This is a huge motivator.
Keep in mind, if your outlet easily accessible, you can bypass the app by pushing the button on the plug, luckily our outlet is behind the entertainment center and no one can reach it.
I also use this if anyone starts fighting over a game. I never knew Minecraft could cause so much fighting between siblings. Now, as soon as I hear fighting, I turn the outlet off. I often hear my kids reminding each othe. “Dude, stop or mom is gonna turn it off!”
I have regained control of my household, and it feels great!!!
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