|TP-Link Smart Plug Mini, No Hub Required, Wi-Fi, Works w/ Amazon Alexa & Google Assistant, Control your Devices from Anywhere, Occupies Only One Socket (HS105)
|Alexa Voice Remote for Amazon Echo and Echo Dot
Featuring a sleek new form-factor that allows you to stack two Mini Smart Plugs in the same outlet, the WeMo Mini gives you control of your lights and small appliances whenever you want, wherever you choose, with tons of options for scheduling and automation. Paired with Amazon Alexa, you can control your lamps and appliances with just the power of your voice. When WeMo works with Nest Thermostat, you can set your lights to turn off automatically when you leave the house, and on when you get home again. No central hub or subscription is required. WeMo Mini Smart Plug includes an on/off switch on the unit, in case the Wi-Fi goes down. Works with any smartphone or tablet with Apple iOS 8 or higher and Android 4.4 or higher. Electrical Rating 120V/15A/60Hz/1800W. 24-hour WeMo support is available at 1-844-745-WEMO. Please update the product description.
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109 of 117 people found the following review helpful.
Works, but was a hassle to set up due to bad firmware version.
By Robert A. Morris
I purchased this item from Amazon on January 9th, as a pre-order from when they were released as a new item on January 10th, 2017. After receiving two defective units from Amazon, and before returning the second, I decided to play around with it more and do some more research online. I am posting this to help anyone else who purchased this and is having trouble getting it to connect to your local WiFi network. I did get the unit working fine, but I removed two stars from my review because of the hassle of getting it to work. I spent over an hour with WeMo tech support, who offered no solutions, and made me jump through a bunch of hoops in the process. Cycling a reboot of my router did nothing. Changing my WiFi password did nothing. Disconnecting my phone from cellular service did nothing. The issue with these early units lies in the fact that they seem to get "confused" if you have other WeMo devices in your home. When trying to set up this WeMo mini, the WeMo app on my iPhone would find the device after I connected to its WiFi. The screen would show the device, ask me to name it, and click "Next". After clicking next, it would get stuck trying to get the device to find my home WiFi network. I have 4 other "older" WeMo devices (none of which ever had any issue connecting). I have a WeMo light switch, and 3 regular WeMo smart plugs. Two of the other WeMo smart plugs were easily accessible, so I tried completely unplugging them (not just turning them off). I did a factory reset on the WeMo mini I purchased, went through the app process of connecting it again, and voila! It immediately found my WiFi network and connected. And then it immediately downloaded a firmware update. So it seems like WeMo is aware of an issue, yet their tech support wasn't informed. And so far, I seem to be the only one publicly acknowledging the issue with these early release devices and buggy firmware.
So long story short, if you have other WeMo devices in your household, and have trouble getting this WeMo mini to connect, try unplugging as many of the other devices as you can (they will automatically reconnect online after you plug them back in), factory reset the mini, and go through the setup process again. It should hopefully work.
33 of 36 people found the following review helpful.
So far, so good. Out of the box setup was a little buggy.
By D. Pellegrini
So far, so good. Out of the box setup was a little buggy. You are supposed to plug it in to any plug (I suggest you plug it in somewhere easy to get to while you are doing setup) - and when the light flashes white and amber - go to your cellphone, connect to its private wifi network - then load and run the app on your phone - which connects and steps you through setup - which is very brief (name the switch and connect to wifi).
I set up two of these. The first one hung twice trying to get it to connect - after some unplugging and re-plugging - and starting/restarting the app I finally got it to connect - entered my wifi info and we were away. It then did a firmware update for a couple of minutes and now seems to work like a champ.
The second one seemed to realize that I already entered my wifi criteria and skipped that step - nice touch.
I bought one of these to set a more complex timer for a collection of old cellphones I have on chargers. I only want them to charge 3 days a week, on off peak hours. It was easy to setup that schedule, and it seems to be working well so far. I will update this review if anything changes over time.
NOTE: These seem to work fine when away from the house as well - you don't have to have your phone on the same wifi network to use them.
UPDATE [26 March 2017] - Just added a third and switch to the house - and what a royal hassle - but still worth it for me in the end. Must have had to close/reopen the app and plug/unplug this thing more than 5 times before the setup stuck. I think it was working itself through multiple Firmware updates - perhaps why it was more bumpy this time around. I ended up annoyed - and walked away to do other things for perhaps 30-60 minutes. It seems to have sorted itself out in that time.
Another oddity - with 3 switches on my home network now - sometimes one or two of them won't come up as available when my phone is on our local wifi - but then suddenly do become available if turn off wifi, run over cellular and refresh. YMMV
Despite the somewhat poor / unstable implementation, I am essentially using these as advanced timer/switches - and they seem to work flawlessly for this. In a pinch you can USUALLY connect to them from afar to manually turn things on and off - but if this feature is critical to you, be warned - these are a little flakey.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
and this Smart Plug. I've used the light switches for the ...
This is my third Wemo device. I have two light switches, and this Smart Plug. I've used the light switches for the past couple of years now, with great success. I mostly use the Android app to turn on and off the lights. Initially, when I first purchased the switches years ago, it would take a few seconds to toggle the lights from the app, however, that has been vastly improved to fractions of a second. That was my only real complain at the time; now that it's worked out for the last two to four years, I decided I wanted to add to the control.
I purchased three of these at once; my confidence being high in the product. I bought new lamps (with awkward switches on the power cable, that end up behind the bedside tables), and hooked them up to this with a spliter (two lights). This is my one critique, two side-by-side plugs would have been nice; makes sense to me.
So far, so good! I haven't set up the other two Mini Smart Plugs yet (need more lamps for living room), but I have just added (as of today) an Echo Dot to round off the whole home control thing. And I must say, I am VERY happy!