Have you ever heard the idea of a smart home? Well if you have not yet purchased anything except a smartphone, let’s start with your simple lectrical outlets and plugs. All you need is WiFi connection, Google Android tablet or iOS device, and a smart plug. Smart Plug? Yes! Now you can make your home smart with these trending smart plugs.
These simple-looking smart plugs are magic boxes. These smart plugs can turn any conventional home appliances into a smart device. You can control any device at home using your smartphone, or you can schedule them, or you can even monitor them and their usage. How sounds the idea of control your conventional fan with your voice commands? Wouldn’t it be great if your lights turn off automatically when it’s morning?
Smart plugs have a built-in WiFi connection and most of the times, and you don’t need any separate WiFi hub to connect this smart plug with your smart devices like a tablet. This feature makes these smart plugs easy to use and easy to connect. All you need is to plug them in the electrical outlets or sockets and then plug in the conventional electrical devices like fan, lamp or light in these smart plug.
When you buy the smart plug, with the manual, you will also get any app which will help in connection and control. You can set voice commands, schedules, and energy-saving modes using this app. Now whatever you will run through these smart plug will be in your control. You can put them on using your voice command, you can put them off, or you can even regulate them with smartphone or tablet.
If you have Amazon Alexa or Google Home, at your home, you can connect these smart plugs to them and then your conventional home appliances will also become smart. Connecting your smart plugs with Google Home or Amazon Alexa will give you extra magical options like syncing them with other smart devices and controlling and monitoring from remote locations.
One of the major drawbacks is that currently, the smart plugs are available for low wattage devices. You can control your fan, lamp, lights, bulbs etc. You can’t plug in heavy appliances like iron, air conditioners, washing machine, microwave oven or anything like that.
The second drawback of these smart plugs is that these are costly. A single plug may cost you about $25 to $65. Now imagine if you want to control all the fans and lights, it will cost more, so you really have to think about your budget.
These smart plugs are bulky, and if you put them in an electrical outlet, you can’t use other sockets in those outlets because it will cover them all because of its size.