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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.
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.
Once you get them set up they seem to work OK but that's the problem. They are very complicated to programme and there is a paucity of information on how to do it. In the end I gave up and went directly to Hive to chat online only to find most of the operators hadn't a clue themselves. One of their operators told me they weren't clever enough to programme to com on at sunset! It took 4 chats and 2 phone calls before they were able to to set them up themselves for me with the functions I wanted. Also they are very expensive.
while there are actions to set up you plug the svchedules are still very much like old style heating schedules and theredoes not appear to be a way to set a time to come on during tge day and off during the night 23:00 - 0700 as you get a "set a time after the start time, and there also does not seem to be a way to copy a schedule accros days of the week on the hive apps.
Brought 2 only 1 worked! The 1 that worked seems to be good though. Easy to set up and works fine. There is no mention in the paperwork that you can turn on and off manually by pressing the lit area which is a switch.
Happy with purchase,ideal for switching off electrical equipment that is on standby, pricey but cheaper than hive website,wait for promotions to save a few pounds . Needs hub which I already had so all good .