Control any device through the SmartPlug.
I really like being able to ask Siri (and other voice assistants) to turn devices on and off in my home. It’s almost like magic. One of my favorite voice commands is, “Siri, turn off the Christmas Tree.” This is because it always seems to be difficult to reach the plug to unplug the tree for the night. It’s great having the ability to control the power to our lit tree with just a push of the Siri button. We are able to do that with the aid of the iHome SmartPlug. It’s a HomeKit compatible smart device that allows you to control power to devices plugged into it from your smartphone and/or voice assistant. As an added bonus, you can also monitor a device’s power consumption and program schedules for it.
The SmartPlug is WiFi enabled and does not require a hub for operation. It has a surprisingly slim profile and will fit on a single outlet — on the wall or on a power strip. Its design allows you to plug other devices into the outlet or power strip you are using without a struggle. The SmartPlug is made of a very sturdy plastic material and has one power outlet. There is an indicator on the side that tells you when the outlet is connected to WiFi or searching for it. There is a button just below the indicator light that allows you to control the SmartPlug manually or to reset the outlet.
Setup was remarkably easy. I’ve set up some smart plugs in the past and had just a horrible time getting them to work right. I did have one false start with the iHome plugin that my iPhone disconnected from the WiFi while I was setting it up. So, I had to start the process all over again. Start to finish — the process only takes about 5 minutes. You do have to have a 2.4 GHz network available in order for the SmartPlug to work.
The steps are easy. You download the iHome Control app and then plug the outlet into power. Once it starts up, the setup is controlled completely through the app. You will get to a point where you have to scan the HomeKit code, but once you do, setup finishes pretty quickly and you can name your device for Siri to recognize it and then you are off and running.
As I mentioned, I plugged our Christmas tree into it and labeled it ‘tree’. So, now all I have to do is say, “Siri, turn off the tree.” and the tree clicks off. The SmartPlug also comes with a remote, but I’ve not been able to get it to register with the outlet yet.
This seems like a great option for a smart outlet. I can recommend it based off of its ease of use alone.
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