TP-Link Tapo Smart Plug Wi-Fi Outlet, Works with Amazon Alexa (Echo and Echo Dot), Google Home, Wireless Smart Socket, Remote Control Timer Switch, Device Sharing, No Hub Required (Tapo P100)
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- Compatibility - Works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for Voice Control
- No Hub Required - Works with any Wi-Fi router without the need for a separate hub
- Remote Access -Control devices connected to the smart plug wherever you use the free Tapo app on your phone
- Schedule and Timer - Schedule/Timer the smart plug to automatically power electronics on and off as needed
- Device Sharing - Share management permissions with family members for multiple control
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Control electronics from anywhere using your tablet or smartphone with the TP-Link Smart WiFi Plug. You can turn devices on/off, check status, create schedules and set timers using the Tapo app. Gain peace of mind by checking on your devices remotely and always coming home to a well-lit house. Use away-mode to make it look like you are home when you travel and have lights turn on/off at set times to conserve energy and save on your next bill. Add voice control to any electronic device by pairing with Amazon Alexa and Google Home.
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I deliberated quite a bit over buying these smart plugs (with my own money I hasten to add, I am not in any review program like Vine). I own some of the Kasa ones and they have worked flawlessly for a long time, so I thought that I would continue to trust TP Link. The biggest thing that attracted me to the Tapo ones was the price. When I purchased them the Kasa plugs were about £25 with a minimum order quantity of 2. The Tapo ones were more or less half the price! As for the quality they feel just as well made and I don’t feel like the Kasa ones are any better. As for the functionality it is pretty much identical to Kasa with the added extra of sharing control with family and friends. I don’t see any reason to buy Kasa anymore and will get the Tapo ones for half the price. Basically Tapo is like your Tesco value and Kasa is your Tesco Finest (other supermarkets are also available). There is no real difference in the contents just a different name and packet. These are really good value and if all you want to do is switch power to something then buy these over Kasa. If you want lots of smart things in your home then Kasa has a more established and bigger product range.
• So easy to set up my cat could do it.
• Low price compared to the sister brand Kasa.
• Build quality equal to Kasa.
• Function just as well as the Kasa plugs.
• Neat and small compared to Kasa.
• Discreet power light (I find Kasa too bright at night).
• WiFi range seems just as good as Kasa.
• They maintain all settings if power is lost (for example moving to a new plug socket or mains power failure).
• The switching noise (on/off click) is quieter than Kasa.
• App feels fresher and more modern than Kasa.
• Small packaging made of mostly card which reduces waste and environmental impact.
• The plug name that you set in the Tapo app does not carry across to Google Home (It does to Alexa though). You have to name it again in the Google Home app because it just says Tapo plug and the model number etc. Kasa drags the name right into the Google Home app.
• The manual on/off switch is hidden on the side and may be difficult to reach in certain situations.
• Not as established as Kasa yet. Kasa has more products in the range.
• No iOS widget for quick access and I presume Android may be the same.
• They won’t remember if they were on or off after a power cut. This means they default to off when the power comes back on which is something to be aware of. Kasa does remember if they were on before a power failure.
** UPDATE **
AFTER TESTING THESE FOR A FEW MONTHS THEY HAVE ALL GONE BACK FOR A FULL REFUND. ALL 4 I OWN CONSTANTLY DISCONNECT AND SHOW AS UNAVAILABLE. KASA NEVER DISCONNECT SO WHY DO THESE?! PAY A BIT MORE AND BUY THE KASA ONES. THEY ARE OBVIOUSLY CHEAP FOR A REASON.
1) Size. They are small - smaller than the Kasa ones, about the size of one of those old multi-plug things that you used to get in the 1970s where you could plug three plugs into one socket. This means you can get more than one in a double wall socket or extension lead.
2) Sunrise\Sunset. This is really great. We have a light in the hall that we want to come on when it gets dark. Before getting these we had to manually adjust the timer every few weeks to take account of the sunrise\set times. This thing allows you to program it to come on a number of minutes\hours before or after sunrise or set.
And lots of reasons why they are so good:
1) The TAPO app is clean and easy to use
2) It's a doddle to set up. Bluetooth is used only for setup - which might seem like overkill - but it does make the setting up of them a doddle
3) It's so much easier to set up timers on a phone app than on a dedicated timer plug
4) You can switch them on from anywhere in the world - well, anywhere where you get a mobile phone signal. And you can tell if they're on or off from anywhere too.
5) "OK Google, switch on the hall plug". Again, easy to set up in Google Home.
6) The instruction sheet says that you can plug an iron in with them. So, if you've ever wanted to switch your iron on whilst you're on a night out you can! All that's needed now is a remote ironing app. An iron! Why do they suggest an iron?
And the two (valid) reasons you might not want one:
1) No geocaching. So you can't get things to turn off when you (or your mobile phone) leaves the house.
2) No IFTTT. So you can't get things to turn off when you lea... Or do other cool stuff. But IFTTT is for those who love to do cool stuff - this is a simple bit of consumer electronics.
Finally, they're not Kasa compatible - which means I've got 178 apps on my phone instead of 177. First. World. Problems :-)?
Despite having the latest firmware and having made manual changes in our DNS/DHCP settings to try and bring some stability to the Tapo smart plugs, they still lose their connection to the Internet every so often. When used in combination with Google Assistant / Google Home, this renders them useless as the reply will be :"Sorry, it appears 'given device name' is offline".
In meantime I had purchased a lesser known brand of smart plugs [ASIN: B07VWBVMP7], and they have worked without fail from day 1 without the need for any fiddling with the router and WiFi settings.
I'm sorry to say that I will retract my last sentence of my original review, and will not be purchasing them again. In fact, as of today, the Tapo smart plugs have all been replaced by this lesser known brand and I will continue to use theirs instead.
TP-Link has continued to stay in contact, and have now been able to reproduce the issue as well as determine the underlying cause. I'll spare the full technical details, but it does indeed have to do with the DHCP/DNS settings in certain conditions.
Now that they are able to reproduce the issue and know what the cause is, they are working on a fix, which should hopefully be released soon.
I'll raise the rating by one more star -- their communication and persistence to resolve the issue has been exemplary.
I have managed to fix the issue where the Tapo app would not be reachable via the internet (thus unable to control it outside the home or via Google Home). It turns out that the TP-Link Deco M5's own DNS was filtering DNS queries for the TP-Link Tapo. Overriding the primary DNS to that of the router or a public DNS provider, rather than that of the Deco M5, resolved the issue.
It is odd that TP-Link's own products were conflicting, let alone something TP-Link could not determine as the issue. Additionally, fiddling with DHCP / DNS settings is not something many home users are accustomed to nor should need to do to get something to work, so I'll only raise the rating by one star.
I've taken two stars off my previous rating. After some time, the smart plugs no longer have an internet connection. This means that Google Home is unable to reach it (as it needs to route over the internet, rather than just over your internal WiFi). It also means I cannot operate them via the Tapo app when outside of the house, using a mobile network. The Tapo app also seems to show one (of the two) smart plugs as offline at times now. This seems to correspond with another reviewer's findings.
I've been in contact with TP Link for the last week regarding this issue, and they're trying with the R&D department to find the cause (and solution) to it -- the responsiveness is very good to be fair, hence not down to 1 star. I'll re-consider the rating once they've managed to fix the issue.
These smart plugs work very well. They're easy to setup from within the app, integrate well with our Google Home setup and haven't skipped a beat.
The app requires a TP-Link ID account that can be registered from within the app, or you can use the same TP-Link ID as with other TP-Link devices (such as the Deco network device, as was my case).
After signing in, it only takes a matter of minutes to add a new smart plug. I've experienced no issues during this process -- it found the smart plug in seconds, and registered it to my account perfectly fine.
I have not used either "Schedule", "Away" or "Timer" modes from the Tapo app, but these allow you set a schedule according to the time of day, sunset or sunrise and an action (either "on" or "off"); or a random on/off between certain times of the day; or set a timer to either turn on or off the plug respectively.
The app also allows you to set the LED on the front to on, off or "Night mode", though the LED is already quite subtle.
Of note is that when you add a device in the app, the option to select a Tapo smart bulb or smart camera is greyed out with an "Upcoming" notice. Given that I've already seen the Tapo camera on sale at Amazon, and there were delays delivering my smart plug, I do wonder if they were a bit too hasty releasing the new range.
Integration with Google Home worked well, apart from it 'forgetting' the name you had specified for the plug.
It does not (yet) integrate with IFTTT unfortunately, which would have been a nice bonus.
Also, the Tapo range is not compatible with the Kasa range. The Tapo app does not give you the option to manage Kasa devices. Similarly, if you have a Deco network device, it too cannot integrate directly with the Tapo smart plug.
As for the plug itself, I've mentioned that the LED is quite subtle and can be turned off from within the app. It is compact, particularly when comparing it to the Kasa range, and does not obstruct the switch on the socket.
The smart plug has a manual on/off push-button on the left side (when viewed from the front), which may get obstructed in certain cases. It would have made more sense at the top of the device.
One thing that I feel should have been clear prior to purchase, is the supported load types of the smart plug. While the plug is rated 13A, it does have a few restrictions such as for example a 120W limit on a tower fan, or 260W on a humidifier. I've added a photo of those particular fine prints.
All in all, I'm very pleased with it and would purchase them again should the need arise.