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I have bought many of the these plugs after being gifted a Hive hub and some other Hive accessories from my dad. I am now well and truly integrated into the Hive ecosystem, with multiple cameras, bulbs, and plugs setup and used regularly.
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.
Good quality item, led ring is a nice feature. But as with other systems you pay a HUGE markup for the name and being part of the Hive ecosystem. There are many cheaper alternatives on the market now. So companies like Phillips Hue, Hive and Nest are really overcharging for their branded products.
I'm sure if you are reading this that you have a Hive and that you are already remotely adjusting your house heating and hot water... well the Active smart plug is an excellent addition to make, in fact I have two of these. One is currently set up with a lamp and the second is currently controlling our outside Christmas Lights.
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!!!
I bought this for my father who has a Hive controlled heating system but for my home I have chosen TP-Link smart plugs controlled by Alexa Echo voice prompts.
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.
it integrated well with my existing HIVE installation. Setup was easy and straight forward.. I still hope that HIVE will come up with its technology in wall sockets like other vendors already do... These additions are too bulky for my point of taste... HIVE should also work on the price...
Only had this for a few hours but simple to set up. Mine is synced to a door sensor (easy to do) and turns on a light when we open a door from the house to the garage. Leave the door open and I set the light to stay on for 30 minutes (all adjustable) Close the door and the light turns off. It is Echo enabled and you can turn it on/off at the unit itself. These are expensive and I’ve o my invested in Hive as I have their heating. I’m sure you could do the same thing a lot cheaper
Although I’m a member of the Vine programme, this is a personal purchase.
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The Hive Active Smart Plug is a very useful addition to a Hive smart home; you will need a Hive hub and the Hive app to integrate it into the system. Once set-up, it can be linked to the Alexa app to allow voice control from an Amazon Echo. The smart plug works very much like a plug-in timer, but is much easier to programme and control. At full price it’s fairly expensive, but I was fortunate to get a reduce price offer, which made it about the same price as a decent timer. So, I bought one and it’s now all set-up, albeit a bit early, ready for our Christmas lights. Set-up, as with all Hive devices, was quick and simple and it can be controlled, through the app, either on a schedule, or manually, and by Alexa using the app or voice control. Alternatively, on and off can be controlled manually by pressing the button on the plug.
We were very early Hive adapters in our previous property (initially in the ‘first 500’ panel). We have Hive heating, some Hive lights, and a three Hive plugs. Over the years we’ve suffered various software issues (do Hive issue new products too early without proper testing?) but despite this we’ve been great fans.....,,until recently when we’ve had two Hive plugs go faulty - one a few months ago and one a few weeks ago. We didn’t initially how what was causing our trip switch to cut power but traced eventually to the plugs. I’ve thrown out the plugs and while we will continue to use the ones we’ve got I more wary and will probably replace them every two years.
I bought the hive plugs and I am sure like many other people you always get one that will not programme and the person trying to connect it may have installed it wrong. After a lengthy chat with hive representative the final plug has been installed and so far it has disconnected once and need to be re installed but all others worked with minimal effort. Don’t dismay if installing and you get frustrated contact hive and they will sort it for you. Next I need to install the bulbs I can’t wait for that trauma 😂. Worth every penny and hive is expanding all the time i wouldnt live witjoit my hive now it really adds more assistance to your busy life.