Continuing in the world of home automation products, today we are reviewing the D-Link ‘mydlink Home’ Smart Plug.
What can be said about such devices? They are an evolutionary step forward from those old timer sockets used to fool burglars into thinking you’re at home by turning a lamp on a preset times.
In addition to being able to set a schedule, with these new breed of products you can also remotely turn on and off any mains-powered device from your phone or tablet manually, from anywhere in the world.
The unit comes in a neatly presented box containing just the unit itself, instructions and quick install card.
The smart plug is a actually very nice looking. Long gone are the days of companies doing the bare minimum in design for devices that will, in all likelihood, be hidden behind a cabinet.
This really couldn’t be simpler. The unit has a WPS button on the side which, when pressed immediately after pressing the WPS button on your home router, connects directly to your home Wi-Fi network. Most modern routers have this functionality and it really does make setup a breeze.
Once it’s connected, it’s just a case of downloading the iOS or Android app to your smartphone or tablet and creating yourself a mydlink account (in-app).
The app will find your device providing you are on the same Wi-Fi network. Then, all that needs to be done is to give it a name and choose an icon for it. After the initial setup, you no longer need to be on the same network to control your Smart Plug.
In my case, I have the Smart Plug controlling my tumble dryer.
See the little power icon below? That’s it. That’s how you remotely turn it on and off. Simple.
1) I wanted to try a high current appliance. Pulling nearly 3KW through the Smart Plug should give it a good run.
2) My 3 year old twins have a terrifying desire to climb into things while the other closes the door. Boxes, cupboards, and yes, the tumble dryer once too. With the dryer under the kitchen unit and the mains socket located behind it, the ability to switch it on and off at the mains is difficult.
The D-Link Smart Plug provides me with a means of doing just that, easily.
Here it is when ON:
You can view the current load and temperature of the plug in the device information page:
You can also set rules, such as turning appliances off automatically when a preset consumption limit is breached. Email alerts and push notifications are also supported. As previously mentioned, scheduling is supported for making burglars think twice when you’re away from home by hooking it up to a TV or lamp.
All in all, it’s an excellent little device that delivers on it’s simple objectives. I have noticed that it’s a little bulky though and so doesn’t play well with other plugs in my 4-way gang lead.
It handles my tumble dryer with no problem, and like I say, that’s a very high load appliance, so top marks there.
At around £39.99, it may be a little much for some, but with D-Link pushing the range which now includes home cameras and PIRs, it’s well worth a look if you’re looking to automate your home.
TheTechSpy rating: 8.5/10