|Product Dimensions||5.8 x 5.4 x 10 cm; 142 Grams|
|Item Model Number||Hive|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Number Of Pieces||1|
|Included Components||Hive Plug,Quick start guide|
|Item Weight||142 g|
Hive Active Plug, Silver, 1 Pack
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|Item dimensions L x W x H||5.8 x 5.4 x 10 centimetres|
About this item
- Simple Installation - Simply plug it into your wall socket and then plug appliances into it as normal
- Easy to Control - The Hive App allows you to easily check and manage your appliances wherever you are
- Schedule Setting - Set up to 6 time slots a day through your Hive App
- Peace of Mind - Switch appliances off from your phone so you no longer need to worry whether you've left them on
- Maximum Flexibility - Ability to also turn the plug on and off manually using the button on the front
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With the Hive Plug, you can control your home electrical appliances from your smartphone, tablet or laptop once you’ve installed it into your home. You’ll never have to worry again about whether you’ve left certain appliances on. With the Hive Active Plug, you can easily switch them off from your phone no matter where you are. You can also set up to 6 on/off time slots a day. So, if you’re going away, you can switch your lamp on and off as if you’re still at home just to give you that peace of mind. Just pair your Smart Plug with the Hive Hub and add your plug device on the Hive app. Please note that this product requires the Hive Hub, an Apple iPhone or iPad running iOS 9 or higher, or a device running min 4.4 Android. The app can also be used on a laptop or tablet with internet access The plug requires the Hive Hub (if you don’t have Hive Active heating) which connects all your Hive devices so you can easily control them with the Hive app.
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These plugs have a nice neutral design to them which means if you have the plug somewhere visible, you don't need to worry about them being an eyesore. They also offer a manual push button switch in case you want to do things the old fashioned way.
Ultimately though, these plugs come into their element when paired with Alexa, Google Assistant, or the easy-to-use actions you can setup in the Hive app. As an example, when I open the door to the house at night, I have a plug setup to turn on a lamp in the hallway. Likewise in the lounge, I have it setup so once the sun sets, our side lights will turn on automatically. These little bits of easy automation are the main selling point behind investing in these plugs.
As other reviewers have noted however, these plugs do come at a premium, and there are many other lower priced options available which do the same thing, albeit from smaller name manufacturers. Whilst you lose some of the ease and function of the Hive app, functions like Alexa routines do allow you to do similar things if you're a little bit more savvy.
I have made a policy of only ever buying these when they come on sale, where you can get them for closer to £20 instead of the £30+ normal asking price - this certainly reduces the sting as I gradually setup the whole house with them. This is the main reason I can't in good faith give these plugs a 5 star rating.
Price aside, I can easily recommend these if you're looking to smarten up your home, especially if you already have Hive setup. They're one of the more user friendly options, and their smart look and good build quality do give them a slight edge over some of the cheaper alternatives.
They are easy to set up and programme using the Hive app. You can have each day scheduled separately or repeat a days schedule all week. You can easily also override the schedule by pushing the button to turn the item on or off and the schedule will continue without having to do anything else.
So if a lamp is due on at 17:00 until 22:00, if you manually switch the active socket on at say 16:00 it will stay on until it's scheduled to go off at 22:00. Brilliant!!!
Set up of this Hive plug is easy enough and setting schedules etc. is logical using the Hive app. The range is good and manual control works well too although I miss the voice capability of Alexa.
My final observation that is that this Hive Smart Plug is quite expensive compared to the competition considering you have to have a Hive Hub for it to work - that's not true of my cheaper TP-Link versions which you can connect directly via any Apple or Android mobile device hence four stars.
Used over the past 4 months to control lights, particularly when away. At Xmas, use it to remotely turn tree lights on/off due to plug being in an awkward place.
Great being able to control the lights when away from home at any distance via the app on phone.
Note, you have to have the HIVE system installed. Then you can add the devices (eg Active Plug) to the system.