Smart homes devices often focus around smart speakers, smart lights and different interesting gadgets, but smart plugs are the “hidden” smart products, quietly changing daily smart devices into the best versions of themselves. The $30 TP Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini is such a “hidden” smart device, which does just that with a simple setup, great scheduling options together with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility.
- So would you like to have a smart plug that tells you how much electric energy your smart home devices consume ?
- Do you want to turn on/off that smart plug from your smartphone, when you are not at home ?
- Do you want the smart plug to simulate that you are at home, when you leave for a long time, by randomly turning on and off certain devices in your home, like for
example your nightlight ?
The $30 Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini by TP-Link does just that with a simple setup, great scheduling options and Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility. The TP-Link Kasa Smart Plug lets you be able to control anything smart electronic — from your lamps, to your coffee machine, to your air conditioner—straight from your smartphone.
Kasa TP link smart plug – Design and App
The Kasa TP link smart wifi plug is one of the smaller smart plugs on the market, so you won’t have any problems by slotting it in to your typical two-socket wall outlet, and the Kasa plug should also be able to fit the most cramped power strips.
The front of the Kasa smart plug holds the three-prong outlet. On the right side is a transparent plastic border, the top corner of which contains an LED indicator light. Inside the border is a square power button.
Setting up the Kasa TP link smart wifi plug is user-friendly and easy. Once you have downloaded the Kasa app, from the Apple App Store or Google Play, you will be asked to create an account and verify your email address. After you’ve done that, it helps to make sure your smartphone is connected to a 2.4GHz network, as the Kasa TP smart Plug does not support 5GHz Wi-Fi.
Kasa TP link smart plug – Setup
When you plug in the Kasa TP link smart plug, and the Wi-Fi indicator light should switch to flashing between amber and blue. You will then be asked to open your smartphone’s Wi-Fi settings, and connect to the plug’s own Wi-Fi network, then you return to the Kasa app to enter the password for your home network. If you follow this procedure, the whole setup process of your Kasa TP smart wifi plug should take less than 10 minutes.
Therefore, setting up the Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini doesn’t take much time at all and to summarize:
- Plug the Kasa Smart plug into your outlet and watch for the LED to blink amber and blue to indicate pairing mode.
- Download the Kasa app.
- Then log in or create an account.
- The Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini will now work with your Wi-Fi, and to get the best out of the Kasa smart plug, you will need a good 2.4GHz internet connection.
- Once you have paired the Kasa TP plug and connected it to your Wi-Fi by following the steps in the app, everything is ready to go.
- If you follow these steps it will take you less than 10 minutes to set-up your Kasa TP link smart plug.
Kasa TP link smart plug – Features
The Kasa TP link smart plug has a selection of features beyond just the automatic on and off control. Inside the Kasa app, you can set-up a detailed schedule for each smart device on your Kasa platform.
You can select a time and day of the week, and let the app know what you would like the Kasa TP plug to perform. You can also create scenes with one or more smart devices and set those scenes to activate on a schedule. Every scene and smart device in the app comes with the option to give it a name and an icon.
You have a plus button in the top right corner of the app screen, where you can tap to add smart devices and view instructions for setting up third-party integrations. At the bottom of the screen you will find tabs for Cameras, Scenes, Smart Actions, and Activity. The Camera and Smart Actions tabs aren’t relevant unless you have a Kasa camera or a smart home router.
The Scenes tab is where you can create customized plans for several smart devices. For example, you can create a scene for specific activities such as coming home, which will automatically turn on any connected lights. The Activity tab is basically just a record of actions you have performed in the past.
From the main screen you can tap on a specific connected smart device to see more details about it. Here you can see the type of device that is connected, how long it has been on, and a power icon to turn it on or off. If you tap on the day’s total run time, you can access a more detailed breakdown of how long you use a specific smart device per day, week, or month.
You can also create time-based schedules, set up timers, and activate Away mode. While the first two actions are pretty self-explanatory, the away mode is a special setting, which lets you simulate occupancy in your home while you are at work or on vacation by switching connecting smart devices on and off.
The Kasa TP link smart wifi plug also works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for voice commands like, “Hey Alexa, turn on the lights”. Setting up the plug with both voice assistants is just a matter of linking your created Kasa account and, in Amazon’s case, discovering devices. Both voice assistants allow you to set nicknames, so you can call your device “your preferred name” instead of “Kasa Wi-Fi Smart Plug Mini”.
Using IFTTT together with Kasa TP link smart plug is also easy. All you have to do is uploading the IFTTT app and search for Kasa applets, which will allow you to use the plug with other devices. For example, you can create an applet in which the plug turns on or off based on your phone’s location.
And if you have a Nest device, you can connect it directly through the Kasa apps add device menu. Doing so will allow you to automate your plugs based on whether your Nest product detects that you are home or away.
Check out the video below to see the Kasa TP Link Smart Plug in action:
Conclusions about my Kasa TP link smart plug review
- Kasa TP link smart plug is a relative cheap smart home device.
- Kasa TP link smart plug is small and handy.
- Kasa TP link smart plug is easy to use and set up.
- You can remote control your Kasa TP link smart wifi plug even when you are not at home.
- Kasa TP link smart wifi plug works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
- Compatible with IFTTT and Nest.
- No Apple HomeKit support.
- Kasa TP link smart plug’s cloud-based ecosystem lacks security features like two-step verification and PIN protection for their mobile apps.
- Kasa TP link smart plug has only limited energy reports.
My review of TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini shows, that the Kasa TP smart plug is easy to install, simple to use, and for $30, this Kasa smart plug offers a good range of scheduling features and smart home integration.
In addition to that you are able to connect the Kasa TP link smart plug to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, and you can also link the smart plug up with IFTTT and Nest products.
The Kasa TP Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini is a very useful device, and if you can afford it, in my opinion you will be very satisfied with your purchase. As mentioned the smart plug is easy to setup and use, and it offers data that you will find both informative and useful. Also, being able to remote control the Kasa Plug when you are not at home is a great advantage to secure your home.
Overall for a price around $30 the Kasa TP link smart plug is in my opinion a good buy with great features for your smart home devices.