TP-Link have recently introduced a range of “Smart Home Device” from security cameras to smart lighting to energy management. Following on from our recent review of the TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi LED bulbs, we now turn our attention to their Wi-Fi Smart Plug. The TP-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug is design to help with the automated powering of your electrical devices and currently comes in two models – HS100 and HS110.
The key difference between the two is that the HS110 also supports real-time and historic energy consumption tracking. However, this review will focus on the entry level model – the HS100.Specifications of the Smart Plug HS100:
|Wireless Type||2.4GHz, 1T1R|
|System Requirements||Android 4.1 or higher, iOS 8 or higher|
|Certification||RoHS, EAC, CE|
|Package Contents||Smart Plug HS100, Quick Start Guide|
|Environment||Operating Temperature: 0 ºC ~ 40 ºC (32°F ~ 104°F)
Operating Humidity: 5%~90%RH, Non-condensing
|Dimensions( H X W X D )||3.9 x 2.6 x 2.5 in. ( 100.3 x 66.3 x 64 mm )|
|Buttons||Power button, Settings button|
|Packaging Dimensions||3.5 x 3.5 x 5.7 in. ( 90 x 88 x 144 mm )|
|Input voltage||100 - 120VAC, 15A|
|Output voltage||100 - 120VAC, 15A|
Installation of the TP-Link Smart Home devices are fairly straight forward. Plug in, sync with the mobile app and configure as required. In order for the app to see the HS100, you will need to hit the connect button up the top. The round soft button on the face of the HS100 is the manual override.
The HS100 also supports the Amazon Echo (Alexa) but unfortunately not Apple’s HomeKit. However, this review will look at the TP-Link supplied software Kasa. This is covered in the next section.
It should be noted that whilst the TP-Link Smart Home products support a range of wireless standards, they can only connect to the 2.4Ghz frequency. So, if you are running wireless-N or AC extenders at home, ensure that they have dual-band (2.4Ghz/5Ghz) support.
Kasa Smart Home App
The Kasa Smart Home App is available in the Apple AppStore and Google Play as a free download. It is the central hub for all of the TP-Link Smart Home devices and also provides cloud access for remote functionality when you are outside of your home wireless network (e.g. travelling).
Completing the HS100 was literally a 3-step process:
- Grab the Kasa App for iOS
- Add the HS100
- Configure the HS100
As you can see from the screenshots, the Kasa Smart Home App is extremely easy to install, configure and use. A wide range of options are available to manage the HS100, many are useful when you are absent from home but still require the perception of activity within the house.
The TP-Link Smart Plug was installed and configured in minutes. The installation process was user friendly and the guided steps easy to follow. Similarly, the Kasa Smart Home App functioned as we expected under iOS. It is also available for Android but unfortunately no Windows Phone version.
Overall, the TP-Link Smart Plug HS100 worked as described. It’s perfect if you want a basic level of home automation for when you are on vacation or for those mundane tasks like boiling water when you are home. However, if you are wanting to obtain consumption information on plugged in devices, you are better off grabbing the HS110 instead.