Works with 2DayDeliver Alexa and Google Assistant for voice control. Remote Access: Control devices connected to the Smart Switch wherever you have Internet using the free Kasa app on your smartphone
Wireless Type: 2.4GHz, 1T1R. System Requirements: Android 4.1 or higher, iOS 9.0 or higher
Turn electronics on or off from anywhere with your tablet or smartphone using the free Kasa app (Compatible w/ Android 4.1 or higher & iOS8 or higher)
Use Away-Mode to turn devices on and off at different times to give the appearance that someone is home while you are away
Requires a neutral wire / Works in a single-pole setup only / 120V 15A compatible
Description: Wi-Fi Enabled Light Smart Switch w/Energy Monitoring. Note1: Please don’t twine two Live Lines (Live Line and Load Line), and connect them to your socket powerline. Note2: If you really can’t find out a Neutral Line in your Powerline socket, please contact professional electrician to reform your socket powerline, or you can’t install our HS200.
★★★★8685 real customer reviews average rating: 4.1 stars (scroll to see all)
5 Stars By C. Dunn on 2016-11-28 Easy to setup I set this up on my Alexa and the Kasa app in less than 30 minutes start to finish. I noticed that sometimes I would say the command, "Alexa turn on lamp," and Alexa would respond "ok" without actually turning anything on. The issue was my 5-year-old router. I replaced the router with a new router that could handle more devices. The new router resolved the issue. I've been using this plug for a few months now and it is still working great.
5 Stars By Wayne Tibbit on 2016-03-15 Love it! Here is a hint for Echo owners The new Echo compatibility works very well and allows grouping controllers under a single group name. I just set up three controllers and now I can say "Alexa, turn on the living room lights" and viola, they're on! Much easier than finding each lamp's on/off switch on a cord behind a piece of furniture. I can also schedule them to turn on and off when we're away from home.
Go to the TP-LINK support site for full instructions and to the Alexa app if you're using an Echo to control the switches. The set up was mostly straight forward once I read the TP-LINK full instructions, but below is an more detailed hint for part of the instructions that weren't clear to me at first. I spent about 30 minutes puzzling this out, but the rest was fast and easy.
The controllers can be configured with Kasa to be "local" or "remote" connected. To be controlled by Echo each individual controller must be set to Remote Control ON, in the Device Settings menu. That menu is accessed in Kasa with this process after the controller is initially set up: From Kasa's home page tap the device name; a screen for that device appears, with selections for Schedule, Away, Timer, an off/on button and at the top right corner an icon that looks like three little sliders. Tap that icon to open the Device Settings screen and then slide the Remote Control slider icon to the right so that it lights green. Do that for all controllers you want to be controlled through Echo.
4 Stars By J. P. Healy on 2016-05-05 Excellent start for home automation but understand wider context TP-LINK Wi-Fi Smart Plug HS100 Review
A couple of weeks ago, I purchased a Smart Plug (HS100) to confirm that the product works with Alexa (2DayDeliver Echo) and provides easy, reliable, secure remote control of plugged-in devices. Pros and cons are below.
If you use consumer Wi-Fi (IP) webcams (Foscam, etc.), then you may be familiar with this product's technology and potential concerns about security and privacy. A webcam contains a microprocessor which can be programmed (with network data, operational settings and user options) and controls a camera which may be monitored using an app. A Smart Plug contains a microprocessor which can be programmed and controls a power switch which may be monitored using an app. Both local (LAN) and remote (Internet WAN) control are possible in each case.
After confirming that the Plug indeed works as advertised, I was more curious about how and where operational data (supplied via the app) is stored and secured. That is, I'm not sure if all operational data is stored on-board the Plug in non-volatile memory in case of extended power outages and to secure such data locally. If remote control is used, what's stored in TP-LINK's Cloud server?
[A Vine Voice review on 1-23-2016 indicated that "the plug has internal storage for its own status and the schedule. ... a copy of the schedule is stored in the plug itself and does not rely on having a persistent internet connection to function. ... plug does rely on the power to keep time so that it can act on scheduled events."]
If the Plug is like a Wi-Fi webcam, then operational data is stored on-board, as can be verified using a local web browser connection to the camera's built-in web server. A Smart Plug, however, does not provide browser access, whether it runs a web server or not [there is a http port]. Remotely using a manufacturer's app, whether for a camera or Plug, introduces Cloud-based data storage and collection.
And because Wi-Fi webcams and Smart Plugs are computers, they can crash or glitch and need to be reset. That's why reliability is a key factor. Time will tell. The Plug has a 2 year warranty.
So, setup was relatively easy, and I discovered (as other reviewers have noted) that the best (but not perfect) instructions are in the Support section of TP-LINK's website, rather than in the included Quick Start Guide.
* * * [...] How to connect my TP-LINK Smart Plug to my home network via Kasa? How to make my TP-LINK Smart Plug work with 2DayDeliver Echo? * * *
1. Install the "Kasa" app on your iPhone.
2. Open Kasa. If you want to use the Smart Plug with Alexa (Remote Control), setup a TP-LINK (Cloud / P2P registry server) account; and, after receiving an email activation message, login; otherwise, you may Skip setting up an account for just local control.
3. With your iPhone on a local 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi connection, open Kasa and then: (a) plug Smart Plug into an AC outlet; (b) Add Device > SMART PLUG and follow the instructions; (c) which say to go to your iPhone's Wi-Fi settings and connect to the Smart Plug's Wi-Fi network and then return to Kasa; (d) customize your Plug -- with a unique name, etc.; and (e) connect the Plug to your local Wi-Fi (with or without Remote Control, but Alexa requires Remote Control enabled).
To use a Smart Plug with Alexa:
A. On your iPhone in the Alexa app settings (via "hamburger" icon), tap on Smart Home and then the TP-LINK Kasa item and login with your TP-LINK (Cloud) account name and password.
B. Scroll down Smart Home and near the bottom tap Discover devices (search your Wi-Fi LAN) to add your named Smart Plug, which will then be listed.
C. With Alexa, say "Turn on / off (name of plug)."
• Good package and product design (both hardware and app). • Works with Alexa without a hub. • Setup relatively easy. • WiFi connectivity provides 2-way communication for control and real-time status (unlike one-way powerline modules). • Remote access without router configuration (port forwarding) [probably using company's (or subcontractor's) Cloud / P2P server like most Wi-Fi cameras]. • 15A load max. • Can unplug from AC without losing settings in order to relocate unit. • Moderate price. • TP-LINK supportive with comments on 2DayDeliver reviews. • 2 year warranty.
• No support for 5 GHz Wi-Fi (okay as long as most routers are dual band). • Plug socket on front rather than the side or bottom (like on X-10 modules) of unit -- cord protrudes even farther from wall. • Status LED always on -- no way to turn off (like on Sonos speakers). • With Alexa, limited to only commands to turn on / off.
• Size (see photos) -- bulkier than standard X-10 appliance module (longer and thicker); even thicker than X-10 Pro appliance module and around the same length.
• Covers both outlets if plugged into bottom outlet; covers upper edge of bottom outlet if plugged into top outlet, making bottom outlet unusable.
• UL certification
Some reviewers were worried about UL certification (which is not marked on the product or box). The manufacturer stated that certification was obtained. I searched UL's Online Certifications Directory (database) and found a listing: XACN.E481494 Miscellaneous Controls Operating Control, Smart Plug, Model(s) HS100, HS110 Last Updated on 2016-03-29.
• Heat buildup when connected to some (high wattage) appliances
Some reviewers were worried about the Plug getting too warm. I have only connected LED lamps (~10 W) to the Plug so far; so, I cannot as yet comment on possible thermal issues. The manufacturer stated that the Plug "will remain well within a safe temperature range."
• Security and use of encryption, e.g., protection of data stored in Plug's memory and TP-LINK's Cloud.
The manufacturer stated: "In order to control your Smart Plug remotely, a TP-LINK Cloud Account is required. Your Cloud Account is safe and secured, and remote access to your Smart Plug is controlled solely by you through the Kasa App. Cloud accounts and Cloud servers are an industry standard for Smart Plugs and Smart Home devices."
"The Smart Plug does not hand over or transmit any password information to us; It receives Wi-Fi profile information from your phone during setup, in order to connect the Smart Plug to your router."
• Privacy (privacy trade-offs)
• No offset possible on sunrise and sunset timer, but can use Away mode for randomness.
1. Security: Is Wi-Fi password saved only in Plug's memory or also in TP-LINK's Cloud? Encrypted?
2. Security: Are timers, schedule, Away settings stored in Plug's memory or the Cloud? Encrypted?
3. Plugs do NOT communicate with each other, correct? Only with the TP-LINK Cloud?
4. When the unit is unplugged from AC outlet, are all settings (defined using the Kasa app) truly non-volatile? Does the on-board clock re-synchronize via Wi-Fi on the LAN anyway when plugged into AC again?
Purchased another 2 Smart Plugs on June 3. New packaging has UL certification mark, as well as new graphics and description: old "Wi-Fi SMART PLUG" vs. new "Smart Wi-Fi Plug;" old FC and RoHS marks vs. new UL and RoHS marks; model and part number unchanged.
5 Stars By JZ on 2016-04-07 Fully integrated with Alexa!! Better than more expensive Wemo outlets. **UPDATE** **UPDATE**
Sorry, I didn't know this review had gotten this much attention, but I will clear a few of my points up.
I have been using the smart home devices for over 2 years now. I started with the Wemo (now have 4 outlets 3 this size and 1 insight and 2 wall switches) 3 TP-Link outlets, and 10 Philips Hue bulbs. All controlled with My Echo and 2 Dots. For the first year or so the Wemo outlets were a pain every time the power went out. Through firmware updates this is no longer the case and they work just fine now. I also was not using IFTTT at the time so it not having IFTTT support wasn't an issue for me. I have since been using IFTTT which is why I've personally gone back to using Wemos over these, but still use these on devices I don't use IFTTT triggers with.
I'll also clear up the "intergrated" questions. Before February or March of 2016, when using these you had to say "Alexa, tell KASA to turn on XXXX" you still technically have to use a skill, just it only now needs to be enabled and linked and Alexa will recognize these devices individually when searching for devices like Wemo and other integrated devices.
Sorry I didn't reply to questions/issues earlier, I didn't know anyone had replied to my review. Any questions my email is in my profile.
I have been using Wemo outlets and switches for over a year now and love the ability to have Alexa turn things on and off by voice. I decided to order a few more smart home devices when 2DayDeliver released the Dot since between my Echo, it's remote, and now the Dot I have voice control throughout most of my apartment. It just so happened these were on sale as a deal of the day at the right time, so I ordered 2.
You will see some reviews that state these only work with Echo using a skill, that changed in February or March and they are now fully integrated with Alexa. Over the past year I've had issues with my Wemo outlets dropping connection, and anytime I lose power I'd have to set them up again. This isn't the issue with these outlets. They were very easy to setup and link to Alexa, the app walks you easily through step by step in setting them up, renaming them for Alexa and getting them online if you'd like remote access. After setting mine up I decided to move them to another room. With the Wemo outlets one I unplugged them I'd have to set them up again, not with these. One I plugged them in at their new location they reconnected with no issue. I highly recommend these over the more expensive Wemo outlets.
I saw another reviewer complain these cover both plugs on an outlet, this is true of all of the smart outlets currently on the market, if this is an issue for you I recommend doing what I did in a couple locations and get a cheap pack of 1' extension cords. Most of my outlets are hidden from view anyway so using the extension cords wasn't an issue for me.
Now off to bed "Alexa, turn off lights" (yeah, it's been over a year and I still giggle like a little schoolboy once in awhile over this)
5 Stars By Bocaboy on 2016-09-27 A very good device for automating a light switch, but the WeMo app is superior to TP-Link's Kasa for scheduling I already own several WeMo switches, but when this TP-Link went on sale for one day at 2DayDeliver, I decided to use it to expand my system. Installation was identical to the Belkin F7C030FC (WeMo equivalent of the TP-Link). This switch requires a common line in addition to the two wires that connect directly to the switch. The ground is optional, but should be used if present.
I had the switch installed in 10 minutes and downloaded the TP-Link Kasa app in order to pair the switch with my WiFi. Again, it works exactly the same as the WeMo devices and found my wireless with no problems.
The software sets up any schedule or timer you want associated with the switch. In addition there are "scenes" you can create to do things like dim the lights. Unfortunately, my LED bulbs aren't dimmable, so the only thing that happens when I enable the scene to dim them is that they shut off. I like the idea though, and if I ever upgrade the bulbs it'll be a cool feature, one that isn't available on the WeMo app.
The differences between the WeMo and TP-Link switches are minor. As an example, with the WeMo switch, the on and off times can be set up as one rule. With TP-Link's device it needs to be two rules: one for when it comes on, and one when it turns off. One thing I like much better about the WeMo is that you can gear events based on sunrise and sunset. As an example, turn the lights on 15 minutes before sunset and turn them off at midnight. Since it's an Internet-connected device, it will change the time every day by a minute or two. It's a bit strange that TP-Link doesn't offer that feature in their app as it would make it significantly more functional.
On the other hand, upgrading the firmware is easier on the TP-Link than the WeMo. The WeMo pops up an alert telling you there's a firmware update for your device(s.) I've owned them for over 3 years now, and my experience is that installing the upgrade is a hit or miss affair. There is no area of the WeMo app that will allow you to trigger the firmware upgrade manually. The TP-Link, however, has a separate function under settings that will tell you the current firmware version and whether there is an update available. From there you can trigger it manually. It's a much better design, and more straightforward.
I love the Alexa integration and had it up and running in under a minute. Now this light switch can be voice controlled as well as from my iPhone.
The only real disappointment I have is the color. The switch is only available in white. As you can see from the photo that accompanies this review, it stands out against the beige switches that are already installed. It sure would be nice if these devices were available in the same colors as, say, a Leviton switch. To be fair, the WeMo is also only available in white, so if TP-Link decided to offer it in colors, I'd definitely consider it over the competition. This switch is installed in a room that is not highly decorated so I'm not too concerned about the mismatch, but I'd definitely hesitate installing it in an area like the living room where the difference in color would make a stylistic difference.
In summary, a very good device for automating a light switch, but the WeMo app is superior to TP-Link's Kasa for scheduling. My advice is to wait for them to go on sale, as they do periodically on 2DayDeliver. I'd bet money that TP-Link will be adding features to their software in the future that will put it on an even keel with Belkin's WeMo switch.
4 Stars By ParrotHead Rick on 2016-06-05 Fit my needs but don't work with Samsung Smartthings Great little plug. I initially bought three of these plugs to use with our 2DayDeliver Echo and they perform perfectly. The only reason I knock them down to four stars is a personal reason and that is I discovered they don't work with Samsung Smartthings which I did not realize until after I had them and they were installed. This is my own fault for not completely reading the description. If you are getting into home automation and are just going after lighting functions, these would be great for you and they are cheaper than the Wemo plugs.
5 Stars By Dr. Tim on 2017-07-10 No surprises tracked through the house! Installing this took some doing, and some patience in the process! TP-Link's tech support, though, was excellent, and helped me through it, and now we LOVE being able to tell Alexa to turn off our lights when we go to bed. Even better, our living room light switch (this switch) is not by the front door, so if we wanted to turn on the living room light when arriving home at night, we previously had to walk most of the way through to the other side before we could turn on the light, sometimes tracking with us whatever happened to have come out of the cat that day. (Our cat has some issues.) Now, we open the door, tell Alexa to turn on the light, and we SEE where we're stepping (and what we're stepping ON or IN)!
And my wife thought it wouldn't be great to be married to a nerd! This is great stuff!!! :-)
5 Stars By Kal Belle on 2017-07-15 Great for Small Appliances, Works with Google Home but not TV's I bought this to control a TV & Satellite box but after reading some others reviews I realized that it would not do the job I was expecting it to do in that capacity. I'm grateful and thankful to those people for their reviews detailing why it won't work to control your TV (basically the device thinks its unplugged from the wall if "turned off" from a smart plug so turning it back on means rebooting tv's & satellite boxes) before I started unplugging and setting things back up only to find my dreams dashed. Seriously, search "TV" in the reviews search and see their knowledge and save yourself the hassle.
I figured I might as well try plugging an awkward to access lamp into one of the two plugs I bought before I initiated a return and was happy to find that the set up and connection process was effortless and fast. The app was easy to use on my phone, I literally just plugged the plug in, waited for lights to turn colors per the app's on screen directions and within a few minutes, it worked. I then connected my Google Home to it in another seamless & simple set up connection process and now I no longer have to contort my arm to find the switch for this lamp, I just say "Hey Google, turn on the lights" and on it goes. There's an audible click when it goes on and off that comes from the plug itself, it's a satisfying sound to me.
So I was bummed I couldn't use these for what I intended, but am thrilled that I was able to simplify something and expand my Google Home's capabilities. This was my first "Smart Home" purchase and I'm very pleased with the ease of this system. So trust the reviews, don't use this for your TV, but do use it for lamps or other appliances that don't need to reboot to be used. Also trust us that you're going to want the Mini plug if you want second outlet access. This one hangs too low over the bottom outlet if you plug into the top. Lesson learned. If I ever decide to add more smart plugs, I will go with the mini.
1 Stars By Steve C. on 2017-04-01 Not Ready for Prime Time. Totally unreliable access to, and control of, plugs. Terrible support made it worse, bricking one plug UPDATE: After TP-Link saw my review, I received an email saying they wanted to help and asking me to click a link to customer support. Despite not wanting to waste more time, I fell for it, thinking I would get a live chat or a callback. Nope. I clicked on the link, which required me to send yet another email. I did not get a response until two days later asking me to call the main tech support number (which ihad already spent an hour with before, as described below). I called twice today after getting yet another email telling me they were going to close my support ticket unless I called. Got the usual VM system. After being told each time that I was customer 1 on the wait list, within two minutes, the support service switched to another line or area, and kept asking me in Chinese and English to "please dial the extension directly." What extension? It gave no options. It repeated this message continuously. After a few minutes of hearing this repeated and no one picking up, I hung up. If I could reduce this rating to zero stars, I would.
ORIGINAL REVIEW: Worked fine for a few weeks, then stopped allowing consistent local (via phone or tablet on same wifi network) control. Worked fine if I turned wifi off on my phone and connected to devices via Kasa app remotely. On wifi, sometimes the devices could connect, sometimes no, telling me to "try again later". Spent over an hour with various tech support people. Upgraded firmware on each plug. When they told me to then reset and reconfigure one device to test, the Kasa app (on phone or tablet) will see and connect to the new device, but will not let me add any new devices anymore because it will no go past the device naming screen (even if I attempt to leave the default name). So the update and reset made the reconfigure plug device unusable. The other devices I updated (but did not reset) and they work fine for remote control. But i still cannot control them via my devices if they are on the same wifi network.
Another tech product that is supposed to make life easier, but makes it more difficult by requiring and wasting our time, by not reliably doing the very job they are sold. These "Smart Home" devices are dumb, and not ready for actual consumer use
5 Stars By dick_onion53 on 2016-04-13 Great! I am very much satisfied with this product. Setup was as easy as possible. It seems to function very reliably. My favorite feature wasn't even advertised. It has an "away mode." This allows you to set a time range in which the device will randomly cycle power. This is designed for those who travel for extended periods. You can have this plug control a lamp that will turn on every evening (or whenever you choose) but not at the exact same intervals every day.
I have since purchased another plug to control my garden sprinklers via a 120v 3/4" electric valve. The scheduling function of the app makes it ideal for this.
I should note one possible downfall. There is no "manual" configuration in the app. You can use the plug locally without signing up for an account, but to access it remotely you must have an account. This is nice in the short term but a real disadvantage if TP-Link ceases to exist or decides to discontinue support for this product. I would prefer the option to manually enter the ip address and port. This would allow you to manually port forward the device and bypass TP-Link's servers. Hopefully they'll add this in the future.
5 Stars By D Tran on 2017-03-16 Great device, though easy setup sacrfices some security The Good: Setup is a breeze. I had this thing up and running within 5 minutes. I didn't have to deal with port-forwarding from my router or any complicated setup process. If you're not very good with computer or technology, you should still be able to set this up without too much hassle. I did not connect this to an Alexa device, so I can't comment on how complex that process it. I'm only using this as a way to remotely turn on/off an electronic device in my bedroom.
The Bad: There is no web interface that you can access from a computer. The only way to control this device from via the Kasa app. It appears if you set up any customization, they are stored on Kasa servers. If this is truly the case, then this means if Kasa or your own internet connection are ever offline, so are these functions. Furthermore, because custom settings are stored remotely, the device has also opened up certain ports on your router for you, for communication between the device and the server. While this is good for people who aren't technically-savvy, it's bad for internet security.
Personally, I wish that TP-Link would have made a more secure and less cloud-dependent version of the device. I'd be willing to pay an extra $10 for that. As long as my home has a connection to the Kasa servers, though, the device appears to function flawlessly.
One thing to note: Sometimes if you turn on the device remotely (via the app), the "ON" icon displayed in the app may not reflect that. I'm not sure why. However, it appears the app pings for the status of the device every 10-15 seconds. So, if you hit "ON" and you don't see the "ON" icon on your app turn green, but you know for a fact that device is actually on, give it about 10-15 seconds to refresh and it'll turn green.
5 Stars By chris rudder on 2016-11-07 Simple operation and installation I bought the TP-Link smart switch to replace my wemo smart switch. Where the wemo would periodically lose connection with my wifi router the TP switch has had no such issues. I also like that this works with Alexa directly, no extra "skill" need. Installation was as simple as removing old wemo switch and wiring in the TP. I did think the directions in the box were a bit lacking but, still an easy install. They even included nice wire nuts, not the cheap ones that come with some light fixtures. One neat feature of the Kasa app is that you can take picture of the item you are controlling and use it as thumbnail for each switch. All I all I really am happy with the TP-link smart switch and will more in the future.
4 Stars By Ratatouille on 2017-03-21 Easy setup and works well with Alexa. setup on this smart plug is as easy as it gets. Just follow these steps:
* Just plug the device into a socket * download the Kasa app * open the app * allow the app to discover the smart plug * Give the discovered smart plug a meaningful name * Done.
If you want to setup the smart plug with Alexa, open the Alexa app, then just add the skill. Setting my schedules is also a breeze. * Click on the custom name of the smart plug you setup earlier * Click on Schedule * Click on "+" on top right * set time, then action (on/off) and repeating days of the week * save and repeat
There are also scenes where you can setup the smart plug to dim the lights for, and group smart plugs to turn on/off, etc. I have yet to play with those features.
Now, on some less appealing stuff...
* Smart plug is bulky. If you plug it onto the bottom of a two outlet socket, you will not be able to use the top socket. * remote control (outside of your LAN) has a noticeable delay, but the SYN establishment from LAN to WAN allows you to control your smart plugs without any type of port forwarding on router/FW.
Overall, I would recommend this smart plug, but if the HS105 behaves the same as the HS100, I would recommend it over this model as that does not hinder the use of neighboring socket.
4 Stars By M on 2017-07-15 Great, but bulky The TP-Link Smart Plug is a good product. It works well, and was easy to set up. TP-Link smart plugs are also 100% compatible with Google Home (Yes, I know most here probably use Echo. It works with it too!) The only drawback of this product is it's size. This thing is BULKY, and on a powerstrip will likely take up the space of two outlets. If you have the space to spare, not a big deal. If space is a concern I'd say go with the TP-Link mini. You'll spend a little more, but the space saving will be worth it.
I'm using one on my air conditioner which is amazing! At home I can say "Hey Google, turn on the air conditioner" and she does it. Out of the home, I can use the TP-Link Kasa app on my phone to turn the unit on or off. OR I can set up an IFTTT action to turn the AC on when I am within a predefined radius of my home. Welcome to the future, and for the price? Holy cow! You need this in your life.
Oh, one last thing. Don't make my mistake. I bought two of these. One was going to control my TV. Learned quick that turning "off" a smart tv and powering off a smart tv are two very different things. Basically, if I use the plug, I have to wait for my TV to reboot every time I turn it back on. Don't buy one of these for your television.
5 Stars By Vincent on 2016-12-01 Setup instructions with Echo Setup for the device is very easy and works on Echo devices.
Setup for Echo devices include: 1. Downloading the TP-Link Kasa app on iOS app store or Google Play 2. Create an log in and password on that app 3. Sync the smart plug to the same network as your 2DayDeliver Echo. Follow directions on card included to sync: basically just holding down sync button and waiting for it to register. Then name your plug 4. Open Alexa app, go to 'Smart Home' 5. Find and select TP-Link under Smart Home Skills 6. Log in with email and password you created in step 2 7. Go to your devices on Alexa App and find the device you named in step 3 8. After it syncs go to groups and add the device to it. Name the group something simple like "lights"
Now by saying 'Alexa' then 'lights (or other group name) on' or 'lights off'. it'll turn the power on the plug on or off.
The TP-Link Kasa app you downloaded has nice features also as you can remotely control the plug when away from home either manually or setting a scheduled time. You can also delete the app if you don't want this feature and it will still work on any 2DayDeliver Echo device after you have everything setup
The smart plug is pretty large and fits well on the top plug of standard double 3 prong wall outlet. If you put it on bottom it will take up two outlet spaces which is not recommended unless you want to cover the top half. You can plug it to an external outlet hub, but know that its a bit wide also and may take up two plugs (unless maybe you plug it on the edge?). If you plan to plug it into an external outlet I'd measure the dimensions first before purchase just to be safe.
Overall the smart plug works as intended.
5 Stars By Johnny Phive on 2016-06-29 Great affordable smart outlets Great affordable smart outlets. These work flawlessly with Echo. The only caveat is that you need to do the proper setup with the TPLINK Kasa app on a mobile device that is connected to your network. You setup the outlets on your network via the Kasa app and THEN and only THEN can you successfully setup the connection to your Echo via the Alexa mobile app. Once the setup was completed on the TP-Link/Kasa side, adding it to echo was a snap. Worked flawlessly with Alexa ever since. I use it for a standing lamp and for the air conditioner. It also helps to name the items in a basic way. keep it simple. I tried to just use "AC" for the air conditioner and found that alexa had a hard time with that. Maybe if i spelled it phonetically it would work better, but i just opted for "Air Conditioner" and Alexa understands that without any issue at all. So just be sure to follow the instructions for the TP-Link first and get it setup on your home network with the Kasa App and then move onto the process of adding it to the Echo and things should work out. I want to buy these things every time they are on sale but have a hard time justifying it to my wife and/or finding a device to connect to it haha.
5 Stars By Frank Jones on 2017-07-06 Easy to install, works great with Alexa, could be better with IFFT support. I love them with Alexa and trying to curb my wasteful habits, but the only pisser is these use a few watts themselves. I have 8 HS110s and 5 of these and no other parasitic loads on the circuits these live on. With the fridge, garage freezer, and pool not cycling my house sits about 85w static, if I open the circuits where these live it goes down to about 45w, leading me to believe the 13 devices are pulling about 40w. Just to chase my tail a little I energized the circuits where these live, saw the 85 watts again, then unplugged the 8 HS110s, and it dropped by about 25w leading me to believe the HS110s are about 3w each, and these switches are in the same neighborhood.
The Kasa app is a little sluggish but it's nice seeing the power of the HS110s and setting the away mode when I'm on the road. It works great with Alexa and I love "echo everything off" and hearing things turning off all over the house before I go to sleep.
5 Stars By henry on 2016-11-30 Worked right out of the box Worked right out of the box. Followed the instructions and was able to get the switch installed and working. I intended to use this with 2DayDeliver's Echo and the only stumbling block I ran into was that I jumped the gun and tried to discover devices before adding the TP-Link Kasa skill to the Echo. In the Echo app: From the menu, go to Smart Home, then Get More Smart Home Skills. Search for Kasa or TP-Link and enable the TP Link Kasa skill. Enter the credentials you will have created from TP-Link. Then discover new devices and it should find the switch. FWIW, the TP-Link app has these instructions.
Keep in mind that whatever you name the device in the TP-Link app will be what you can ask Alexa to turn on/off. If I named it Bob's Room, I can ask Alexa to turn on/off Bob's Room Light, Bob, Room, or Light (assuming no other devices share those words).
Small note: if you want to rename you device (I didn't put light in the description initially), I found that I had to delete the device from the Echo and TP-Link app them re-add it, naming it what I wanted in the TP-Link app, then adding it back in the Echo app. If I just renamed it in the TP-Link app, for whatever reason it didn't update in the Echo app even if I deleted it then re-added it in the Echo app.
All in all, it works great and it's great for those of us who argue on who has to turn out the lights at night. Now Alexa will do it for us!
4 Stars By Retired Tech on 2016-12-22 Works very well, kinda' bulky I like these.
Works well even in my unheated garage plus another in an outdoor weatherproof box, even when it's 10 below to turn on/off the roof de-icer cables plugged into them.
The Kasa app is fairly reliable, rare that it loses it's connection to my network. Network connection is tricky the first time, but once you understand the process it's actually quick & easy to add more devices. Devices can be grouped, and controlled by the app or Alexa. Name your group, add specific devices, and all in the group are controlled by a single command. So (for example) I'm upstairs and say Alexa, "downstairs on", 2 lamps, TV, AVR and cable box in the family room all start up. I walk down the stairs with a plate & beverage and don't need to reach for a light switch or stumble in the dark. My AV system is also tied to a Logitech Harmony Remote, it all works very well together.
My one gripe is that it is way too bulky... why in the world does it need to partially block the outlet below it? I can barely squeeze in a small plug down there but most things won't fit with it. Make the circle around the outlet portion to be the very bottom of this device, and then push all the rest of it if need be into the upper part of the housing. Much smaller in EVERY dimension would make this much more usable.
5 Stars By bradybunch on 2016-10-28 A must have with Alexa I have been looking at all of the different automated home products trying to decide where to make the commitment. Some have hubs, no hubs, blue -tooth, wi-fi, it never ends. Have narrowed down my choices. First of - do I need bulbs or switches??? At first I thought the bulbs were the secret, then I realized I have 4 bulbs in one lighting area - expensive. This switch was the answer. One switch covers 4 bulbs - done. The plug in switches? How many things do we actually plug in that need to be automated? This switch works great with Alexa and requires no Hub. Very easy to install. Two things to be aware of. One - single pole only, no two way switcher - for this you will need to do the actual bulbs. Two - it comes with a one gang switch cover. There are little buttons under the rocker switch for resetting and the like. If you need to use a double gang cover or larger, you will need to trim the opening at the bottom slightly. You should only use plastic so you do not block the signal. You will probably need a few of these switches so load up when on sale. Again a must if you use Axexa or the new Dot.