This fuss-free outdoor smart plug is ready to manage your holiday display

Smart sockets are one of those little smart home gadgets that can really make a difference in your daily life. Outdoor smart plugs are a great way to automate, monitor, and control lights or decorations from afar (or from the bed because you forgot to turn off Charlie Brown’s giant inflatable pumpkin).

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Like it

  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Two individually controllable sockets
  • Affordable price
  • Great app

I do not like

  • No compatibility with HomeKit
  • No energy monitoring

TP-Link’s Kasa Outdoor Smart Plug is almost the best outdoor socket I’ve tested. I say almost because it doesn’t work with Apple HomeKit, and there are dual-socket smart plugs on the market that work with all three voice assistants. However, for a reasonable $ 30, you’ll get two plugins that work with Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, and a highly customizable, yet clean and simple app. Setting up this socket only takes a few minutes. Overall, it’s a hassle-free experience.

Read more: The best smart plugs of 2020 for Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa or Siri

Design

Smart sockets are not the most aesthetically pleasing devices. Some indoor models are aerodynamic enough to integrate into the wall socket, but I can’t say the same for outdoor models. The TP-Link Kasa Outdoor Smart Plug is a sturdy black box design softened a little but its curved edges.

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Kasa Outdoor Smart Plug by Tp-Link has two sockets.

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Seems aside, this smart socket is well designed. It features two individually controllable three-pole sockets, a solid outer shell that protects it from the elements with an IP64 weatherproof rating, a rubber cover for the sockets, and a cable that is not too long or too short. If you want to fix the plug to the wall, a mounting screw, anchor and bracket are included.

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A small rubber cover is included with the plug.

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The only downside in the design is that the rubber cover; it is in no way tied or connected to the rest of the plug. Once out of the socket, you will need to keep it close or store it in a safe place.

Setting up

Setting up the TP-Link Kasa Outdoor Smart Plug takes just a few minutes with the Kasa mobile app. A note: you’ll need an external power outlet and a 2.4GHz network that delivers a reliable Wi-Fi signal to your outdoor space.

After downloading the Kasa Smart app for your iOS or Android device, you will be asked to create an account. With your account connected, simply follow the simple onscreen instructions to add a new device.

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Three indicator lights show the Wi-Fi connection status and power to each outlet.

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The power and Wi-Fi LED lights on the top of the socket are useful guides during setup. With the socket connected to the Wi-Fi network, you can start customizing your settings. Individual sockets can be named, thanks to cute icons that come alive with color when turned on and paired with your favorite voice assistant.

Intelligence

Standard intelligence applies to Alex and Google Assistant integrations. You can turn each outlet on or off with your voice, as well as ask for the current status and incorporate them into scenes and routines with the rest of the house. Even without these advantages of the voice assistant, the TP-Link Kasa Outdoor Smart Plug offers many smart features on its own.

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Each socket is individually named and controllable within the Kasa Smart app.

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Each socket is individually controllable, so you can ask your voice assistant to activate a specific socket. Hours can be set for each store. The options range from specific times of the day to an extra sunrise / sunset or a timer function. There is also an Away mode which turns devices on and off randomly during a designated window.

You won’t get energy tracking with this smart socket, but there is a page in the app to view the daily, weekly and monthly run time in hours for each socket.

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From left to right: the Kasa Smart app, the Alexa app and the Google Home app showing the TP-Link Kasa Outdoor Smart Plug sockets.

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If you need HomeKit compatibility, both i home is iDevices they offer smart outdoor grip options that work well. Both are more expensive than this $ 30 model. If HomeKit isn’t important to you and you want an affordable and reliable outdoor smart grip option, TP-Link’s Kasa smart outdoor grip is the way to go.