We've all done it; we've rushed out of the house without checking to see if the TV or some other appliance is still turned on. Was the curling iron unplugged? Should you turn on a few lamps if you plan to be out all night? That nagging feeling that something could go wrong can spoil a night on the town, a trip to the movies or a long vacation.
Luckily, D-Link has a remedy: the Wi-Fi Smart Plug (DSP-W215), which is available now for $49.99. This release is actually the first product in a new line of "Connected Home" devices.
"The launch of the Wi-Fi Smart Plug represents a key moment for D-Link as we look to expand our offering of connected home solutions designed for consumers looking for a convenient way to automate their home and control their devices from their smartphones and tablets," said Daniel Kelley, vice president of marketing, D-Link Systems, Inc. "The Wi-Fi Smart Plug offers that convenience at an affordable price so customers can automate any range of devices in their home."
Customers can connect this new device to the local network by pressing the Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) button located on the Wi-Fi Smart Plug and the WPS button on the router. Customers then simply download and use the free mydlink app for Apple's iOS and Google's Android tablets and smartphones to remotely control these "smart" plugs.
Using the app, customers can manually turn home or office devices on and off, or create on/off schedules. There's also a built-in thermal sensor that will automatically shut down the connected device if it becomes overheated. The Wi-Fi Smart Plug will monitor energy consumption and provide statistics via the mobile app as well.
Given these Wi-Fi Smart Plugs are stand-alone units, customers shouldn't be limited to the number of devices they can use on a single network. For those using range extenders, these plugs may need to be on the primary wireless network in order to access them remotely.
For more information about this new D-Link device, head here.
Overall a cool product and much cheaper than I assumed! Competitor products are at least $20+ more!
The only drawback to a multi-plug system (even the whole house system) is that you would have to know what was specifically plugged into each outlet. This would either have to be a map made by the user, or in the future, smart appliances which report what they are back to the grid.
Shouldn't be hard to label stuff in software. Besides that, I use a remote to turn on my PC and my router. Not hard to remember what button does which action, even though they are labeled A and B.
There are already many home automation technologies out there. Which can be centrally controlled by your PC. They are much more versatile and cheaper. You also can get wall outlets that replace your in wall receptacle rather than having bulbous plugs sticking out of the wall.
This product is not remarkable and less able than existing technology. I can only imagine that it was featured because either Toms doesn't know any better or D-Link paid them to make an ad seem like an article.
Huzzah for technology! You want the "LockState Connect LS-P100 Wi-Fi Surge Protector Power Strip" it has wi-fi, 4 controllable outlets, power metering, and it's $86.