TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini Review


TP-Link has updated its Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug for at least the third time with the launch of its EP10 model. Unless you are an expert student of the Kasa Smart line, you will probably have trouble seeing real changes. However, that is not a terrible thing; the Kasa Smart line is well regarded for its affordability and simplicity.

From a design standpoint, the EP10 is still a pint-size, one-plug, three-prong smart plug, compact enough that it won’t protrude from the sides of the wall plate or obstruct the second. Wall outlet – You can still use two EP10 units in a standard two-plug receptacle. Aside from a few minor cosmetics, like removing a bezel or two, it’s hard to tell the difference between the EP10 and older models like the HS103.

This review is part of TechHive’s coverage of the best smart plugs, where you will find reviews of competing offerings, as well as a buyer’s guide on the features to consider when purchasing this type of product.
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The usage monitor in the Kasa Smart app reports the amount of time the plug has been powered on, but does not report anything about actual power consumption.

Like its predecessors, the Kasa Smart EP10 still connects directly to Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz only) and supports a maximum load of 15 amps (1800 watts). A button on the side of the device allows you to manually toggle power, glows blue when power is on, and darkens when power is off. (This function cannot be changed.)

Like all Kasa Smart products, the EP10 uses TP-Link’s Kasa Smart app for configuration and management. Despite the addition of Amazon Certified for Humans support to the EP10, I had a hard time getting the plug to make a successful initial connection, the system refused to finish transferring the temporary TP-Link Wi-Fi network to my home network . In general, the configuration of the application is quite archaic and outdated; most modern devices have already migrated to a more streamlined setup process. Fortunately, on the second day of testing the product, the device abruptly connected to my network with no problem.

The Kasa Smart app has not undergone any major changes lately and remains simple and straightforward. Features include a scheduling system, countdown timer, and runtime monitor that tracks overall usage for the day, over the past week, and over the past month, although it does not perform any calculations on power consumption, just the total hours you were online. switched on. A random Away mode can be used to turn the lights on and off during a set schedule. And finally, Kasa connects to Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Samsung Bixby for more extensive control (and voice control options).

At $ 10 for a single unit ($ 30 for a pack of four), the TP-Link Kasa Smart EP10 is such an affordable option that you will find when it comes to a branded plug. As with previous Kasa Smart plugs, the frills here are still decidedly minimal, but thankfully so has the price.

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