TP-Link is a Chinese manufacturer founded in 1996. In 2005, they expanded outside of China, and in 2016, they expanded into smart home products like switches, routers, cameras, phones, and plugs. I love smart plugs because they turn regular old objects into connected objects you can control remotely. I purchased their Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug HW105, and I’m ready to see how it works.
In this review, I’ll go over the plug’s design, features, and mobile app. Let’s get started!
Design of the TP-Link Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug
Use the Tp-Link Mini Plug indoors anywhere with Wi-Fi. I love that it doesn’t block other sockets, unlike many other plug. You can use it for appliances up to 1800 watts.
Features of the TP-Link Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug
You’ll be able to turn off your smart plug-connected appliances remotely using the Kasa Smart app, which I’ll discuss in more detail below. Through the app, you’ll be able to create schedules for your appliances to make them turn on or off automatically at certain times. The plug also has an away mode, so devices can turn on and off even when you’re not home. I love that this plug turns any old electrical object into a smart, connected device. It also integrates with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Nest, and IFTTT, so you can command things with your voice just like a real life Matilda!
One thing the plug lacks is energy monitoring. You won’t be able to track your energy usage through the mobile app. It also doesn’t have a “home mode”, which is basically a way to control multiple devices at once when you’re home. However, these are pretty small things and ultimately the plug does its job.
The Kasa Smart App
From the Kasa Smart app, you’ll be able to control your plugs, create schedules, or put your devices on away mode. I’m pleased to say that the app has a 4.8 rating from the Apple store and a 4.7 rating from the Google Play store.
“The app is fast and bug-free. Easy to use. Aesthetically pleasing,”
wrote a user in a recent review.
Recap of the TP-Link Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug
Is the TP-Link Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug right for you? Let’s recap.
The plugs best qualities include:
- Remote control
- Away mode
- Integrations with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Nest, and IFTTT
- Doesn’t block other sockets
- Highly-rated app
Unfortunately, it lacks a few features:
- No energy monitoring
- No home mode
Let us know what you think in the comments below! We hope to hear from you soon.