TP-Link Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug Review

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

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TP-Link Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug. Photo provided by TP-Link.

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. 

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TP-Link Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug in Socket. Photo provided by TP-Link.

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

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The Kasa Smart App. Photo provided by Kasa.

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
  • Schedules
  • 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.

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner is an attorney and journalist with a passion for home tech and secure, efficient living. Since graduating from NYU Law, he has maintained a paradoxical existence of trying to live life adventurously while remaining staunchly risk-averse. He is torn by the dual desires of wanting to only be in Brooklyn writing about housing policy and smart home tech and aspiring to visit his friends scattered across the globe. Gabe believes that stable, safe communities are the cornerstone to a vibrant and healthy society, and it is this passion that brought him to contribute to Security Baron.

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