Smart plugs can automate lamps, desk fans, and other small appliances in your home quickly, easily, and cheaply. These plugs are a great way to make your regular devices more accessible online. They are also very cool. Many companies sell smart plugs, and all of them have the same installation process.
This post will use the TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini as my smart plug. It’s our favourite and most popular smart plug. The Kasa smart plug is available for as low as $20. If you are looking for other options, check out our list with the top smart plugs.
- 1 Step 1: Download the Kasa App
- 2 Step 2: Create a new device
- 3 Step 3: Plug it into an outlet.
- 4 Step 4: Connect it with Wi-Fi.
- 5 Using Smart Plugs For Home Automation
Step 1: Download the Kasa App
To install and manage your Kasa smart-plug, you will need the Kasa app from TP-Link. Install the Kasa app on any Android or iOS device and create an account. Log in if you already own one.
Step 2: Create a new device
Click on the plus sign in the top-right corner of the Kasa app. Select “Device”, “Smart Plug”, or “Smart Plug Lite/Mini” to let the Kasa app know which TP-Link Kasa product are you trying to install.
Step 3: Plug it into an outlet.
You can plug the Kasa plugin into a wall outlet. The plug’s LED status lights will blink orange or blue to indicate that you are in pairing mode. When you see the pairing lights, select “Orange or Blue” from the app screen.
Step 4: Connect it with Wi-Fi.
Follow the prompts to enter your Wi-Fi information. The Kasa plug needs a 2.4GHz connection. Find out more about Wi-Fi routers.
This tutorial might be the most efficient. You’re done. You will be asked to name your Kasa Plug. This could be something like a “desk fan” (or “coffeemaker”) that is easy to identify from other connected devices. You can also take a photo of your coffee maker, lamp or fan to create a custom icon.
If you are interested in other smart homes, this article is about installing a Ring Video Doorbell.
The Wi-Fi Smart Plug makes it easy to make your stuff smarter.
Using Smart Plugs For Home Automation
Smart plugs (or smart plugs for Alexa) are small electric power plugs that enable you to remotely control the power supply of a whole house without needing to switch things on or off physically. They work through Bluetooth or Wi-Fi and can be controlled by an App on an Android smartphone or remote control.
This gives you all the convenience of controlling your lights, TV, heating, climate control and AC from anywhere in the world as long as you have access to an internet connection. In addition to controlling these items with your voice, you can also do so with your fingerprint ID reader. In some models, you may even have the capability to control several devices wirelessly remotely.
The advantages of using smart plugs for Alexa include:
Reduce the strain on your brain. As mentioned, smart plugs for Alexa let you control different devices in your home remotely, thus reducing the amount of stress you experience each day by enabling you to switch your appliances on and off from anywhere you are. For example, you could adjust the temperature and air condition in your bedroom by what kind of sleep you are getting. Your brain will not have to suffer from this capability, freeing up your attention for other things.
Control Multiple Appliances
Control multiple appliances at the same time. With smart plugs for Alexa, you can control several appliances in your home at the same time. For example, while your bedroom is silent, you can switch on your living room light. When you are having lunch in your kitchen, you can switch on the appliances used most often, such as the oven or the coffee maker. You can even program your appliances so that they run according to specific times of the day. In general, you can use up to nine smart plugs at one time, making life more manageable.
Enjoy greater energy efficiency.
The latest smart plugs for Alexa make it easier than ever before to switch on and off your appliances from anywhere in your home. For example, you can program your appliance to turn itself off after a certain number of hours. The energy consumption of your electrical equipment will drop considerably. Not only will you be able to save money on your electric bill, but you will also be doing your bit to save the environment by avoiding harmful energy consumption.
The latest smart plugs for Alexa offer numerous plug sockets, allowing you to connect numerous devices to your TV, including game consoles, DVD players, DVRs, cable boxes, VCRs, home amplifiers, and speakers. Moreover, you can even use these smart plugs to control video games and watch television shows rather than stick them to the TV remote control.
Like smart plugs, smart switches can also be programmed to turn themselves off after a pre-set amount of time. However, unlike smart plugs, which can automatically turn themselves off when not in use, smart switches require manual intervention.
Control lighting with smart switches and smart plugs for home automation. Certain light switches can be programmed to turn lights on when movement is detected in certain areas of a room or house. You can also set up your smart plugs for use with motion detectors to turn lights on with the slightest movement detected, as long as you have either an outlet or motion detector active in that particular area. With the integration of Bluetooth into smart plugs for home automation devices, you can even use your smartphone as an outlet.
Control the temperature and lighting of your home or office with your smartphone. Today’s smart plugs for home automation devices allow you to not only control the brightness of lights in a room but also set the temperature of your bed, the temperature of your water heater, and more. Using your smartphone as an outlet gives you additional functionality and is also a practical way to cut energy costs since most smartphones have enough power to run most applications. Integrating Bluetooth into smart plugs for home automation devices is also useful because it lets you control multiple devices with one smartphone.