Kasa Smart WiFi Outdoor Smart Plug (EP40 Model) Review – Bargain Price


Like TP-Link’s new EP10 smart plug, the Kasa EP40 Outdoor Plug offers little change over its predecessor, the KP400. Aesthetically, the differences are modest and the all-black unit retains its rather chunky semi-circular appearance, with two three-prong outputs at the front and two individual LED-illuminated control buttons at the top. The new IP40 maintains an IP64 ruggedness rating, though keep in mind that the socket cover rubber flaps on the new hardware don’t feel very secure and tend to come off easily.

Like other Kasa devices, setup is done through the Kasa app. Fortunately, I didn’t have the same level of setup headaches that I experienced with the EP10. While the process is still archaic, connect to a temporary Wi-Fi network and then bridge to your home Wi-Fi network (2.4 GHz only), I had no problem with the settings.

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.

Like TP-Link’s new EP10 Indoor Smart Plug, Kasa’s EP40 Outdoor Plug offers little change over its predecessor, the KP400. Aesthetically, the differences are modest and the all-black unit retains its rather chunky semi-circular appearance, with two three-prong outputs at the front and two individual LED-illuminated control buttons at the top. The new IP40 maintains an IP64 ruggedness rating, though keep in mind that the socket cover rubber flaps on the new hardware don’t feel very secure and tend to come off easily.

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The two outputs of the Kasa Smart EP40 outdoor smart plug can be controlled independently, via the app or with buttons on the device itself.

Like other Kasa devices, setup is done through the Kasa app. Fortunately, I didn’t have the same level of setup headaches that I experienced with the EP10. While the process is still archaic, connect to a temporary Wi-Fi network and then bridge to your home Wi-Fi network (2.4 GHz only), I had no problem with the settings.

I encountered a peculiar problem: the Kasa EP40 refused to let me rename the sockets, which is allowed during setup or afterwards in the application settings menu. Whether I tried to do it, both during setup and after the fact, the Kasa app threw an error and left the default socket names in place. (After several days of testing, this was finally resolved for an unknown reason and I was able to make changes.) Otherwise, I didn’t find any problem with the device during testing.

The maximum power allowed for each outlet is 15 amps / 1875 watts, and TP-Link claims to have an exceptional 300 feet range for its Wi-Fi radio due to an “internal amplifier.” I didn’t have an outlet far enough from my router to test this last claim thoroughly, but I never had a problem with disconnections or weak signal strength.

Aside from individual control over the two plugs, just swipe left or right within the app to move between them, you won’t find any significant changes to the app compared to other Kasa smart plugs, with the only exception that external status LEDs can be disabled through the app. Additional features include a randomized away mode, a scheduling system, a shutdown countdown timer, and individual runtime monitors showing overall usage for the last day, week, and month. Runtime is calculated individually for each outlet, and again it only provides the total run time, not the electricity consumed. Again, all of these features can (and should) be configured individually for each socket. The unit connects to Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Samsung Bixby if you want voice control or more advanced programming options.

However, the most notable feature of the plug now is its price. Currently priced at $ 18, it’s a dramatic drop from the $ 45 introductory price of its predecessor and now represents one of the best deals in the business. TP-Link has the largest smart home lighting ecosystem, so if you have other Kasa Smart products, this is the outdoor smart plug to buy. If you haven’t picked up a smart home rig, or you’re just looking for a good outdoor smart plug to control your Christmas decorations, the Wyze Plug Outdoor is slightly better value.


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