Kasa Smart by TP-Link
For years, TP-Link has been one of my go-to brands for many different technology products. My experiences with TP-Link have been great. They produce good devices at a competitive price. The company recently entered into the smart home category with their new line of Kasa Smart devices. Kasa Smart devices boast the ability to integrate with Google Home and Alexa, without needing a central hub device. This simplifies setup and allows for greater flexibility when setting up your smart home network. The Kasa Smart Plug Mini Outlet is probably one of the simplest products that you can start with if you are looking to turn your home into a smart home.
A Simple Plug
The Kasa Smart Plug Mini Outlet is one of the smallest smart plug adapters available. At just over a few inches wide and an inch deep, the plug takes up very little space on the wall and you can stack two of them on a normal outlet. Simply plug the adapter into your outlet and then connect whatever device you want to control to the adapter. This plug adapter is great for controlling any number of “dumb” appliances or lights you already have.
The Kasa Smart App
It goes without saying that a smart device is only as smart as the app for controlling it. There are plenty of no-name smart plug adapters out there that just offer a button on your smartphone for turning the device on and off. This is where the Kasa Smart app really shines. The app provides cool functionality like scheduling for smart devices, grouping, sensor integration, away functionality and more. Right now I just have the smart plugs on a few lamps in the house. I can schedule them to turn on at a fixed time, or if I’m going away, I can turn on away mode and the lamps will randomly come on and turn off to mimic someone being home.
If This Then That (IFTTT)
More advanced functions are available with other Kasa Smart devices like motion sensors and door sensors. With sensors, you can create triggers to turn on a device when someone walks into a room, or when a door is opened (or closed). Going one step further, the Kasa Smart ecosystem includes if-this-then-that (IFTTT) capability so you can customize your smart home even more.
Lastly, maybe the best part about Kasa Smart, is it’s ability to integrate all of the great features I’ve mentioned with other devices and services. You are not limited just to a handful of devices by TP-Link. The IFTTT ability really unlocks a ton of cool automation so you can do things like activate a scene based on your location, turn lights off at sunrise and even change the color of a smart lightbulb based on specific events or parameters.
In the coming months I will be creating new content on this topic as I add to and configure my smart home network. The next step is adding some Kasa Smart LED Bulbs to the house, so be sure to check back regularly for new content!