TP-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug (HS100) Reviewed

TP-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug HS100

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:
NETWORK
ProtocolIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Wireless Type2.4GHz, 1T1R
System RequirementsAndroid 4.1 or higher, iOS 8 or higher
GENERAL
CertificationRoHS, EAC, CE
Package ContentsSmart Plug HS100, Quick Start Guide
EnvironmentOperating 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 )
MateriaPC
ButtonsPower button, Settings button
Weight123.3g
Packaging Dimensions3.5 x 3.5 x 5.7 in. ( 90 x 88 x 144 mm )
WORKING STATUS
Input voltage100 - 120VAC, 15A
Output voltage100 - 120VAC, 15A
Maximum Load15A
Maximum Power1.8KW

Installation

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.

TP-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug HS100 Setup Mode

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:

  1. Grab the Kasa App for iOS
  2. Add the HS100
  3. 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.

Final Thoughts

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.

Highly Recommended

6 thoughts on “TP-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug (HS100) Reviewed”

  1. Just bought this switch it turns on and off with android and ios and shows up in the Google home control for the google home but the google assistant not working. Running through orbi
    What can i do
    Thanks.

    1. We didn’t get a chance to test with Android as it all worked fine with the Home app on iOS. Have you tried TP-Link support? If you have no luck, drop me a note and I’ll see what I can find out.

  2. What’s the background power consumption of these units?

    One of the major uses is to save power, but smart devices can draw significant power (because they’re always on), and this can negate their supposed benefits.

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