What is a smart plug
- 14 Mar, 2019
Understanding Smart Plugs And Home Automation: The Basics
If you’re thinking about automating your home, or integrating your home’s appliances, lights, and other such systems into Amazon Alexa or a similar smart home control product, you’ll definitely need to invest in quite a few smart plugs.
Wondering what a smart plug is, and how it works? In this quick guide, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about this home automation product. Keep reading, get the details!
What Is A Smart Plug?
A smart plug is a special type of electrical outlet, which plugs directly into your existing wall socket – no special tools or installation required. Simply plug and play. Smart plugs allow you to control your wall sockets using your smartphone or another home control hub, by connecting to your home network wirelessly. This enables you to perform a multitude of tasks, like switching lights and appliances on and off remotely, or automating your home with a smart home hub.
How Do Smart Plugs Work?
Smart plugs use your home’s WiFi network to connect to a controller of some kind – usually on your phone or pad. The smart plug uses a special, remotely-activate switch to control the flow of power to an appliance such as a coffee maker, a lamp, or any other device that can be plugged into a wall outlet.
Then, by using your app or other smart home control device, you can power the outlet manually and switch it on and off, or schedule it using an automation software.
For example, you could set all of your smart outlets that are connected to lights to come on once or twice per day when you’re on vacation – to make it appear that someone is home, and enhance the security of your home.
The Benefits Of Using Smart Plugs In Your Home
Using smart plugs in your home has a number of great benefits.
- No installation required – Unlike some other smart home upgrades – like light switches, for example – you can simply plug a smart plug into a socket and start using it right away. No installation required! This makes smart plugs great for those who are new to smart homes and smart home automation.
- Energy savings – You can make sure all your lights are turned off when nobody is home, and cut power to devices like TVs and cable boxes, which typically consume some power in “standby” mode. This saves you money on your power bill.
- Convenience and peace of mind – With an app-based smart plug, you never have to worry about whether or not you’ve accidentally left an appliance on at your home. For example, if you think you accidentally left a light on and you’re traveling for work, you can just check your app – and see if the outlet is powered on or off. Then, if it is on, just flip the switch to turn it off!
Smart plugs are a critical component of any smart home automation system – and most smart plugs integrate seamlessly with top smart home systems, like Samsung SmartThings and Nest.
Wireless Types of Smart Plug
There are currently several types of wireless protocol for smart plug on the market:
Wi-Fi - A WiFi smart plug could connect directly to the internet, no hub required. Most of smart plugs are wifi plug, because you can use them without any others hubs or something.
Zigbee - A zigbee smart plug needs a zigbee hub. One hub could control many smart plugs, and only the hub connect to internet.
Z-Wave - Z-wave is a similar wireless protocol with Zigbee, also need a hub to control smart device.
Bluetooth - Just like others bluetooth device, you need a control device.
You must know which smart plug you want before you buy it.
Main Functions of Most Smart Plugs
Usually a smart socket has the following common features:
- Remote Control- Remote control your power from anywhere
- App Support- Free iOS and Android mobile App
- Sync Status- Real-time device status provided to App
- Timing- Set scheduled/countdown timers to turn on/off at a specified time
- Share Control- Control your smart home together with your family
- Scene- Set different wind speeds according to different time periods automatically
- Smart Scene- Triggered on/off by temp, hum or other environmental conditions
- Compatibility- Works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT or others
Smart Plug Types By Country
Just like a normal electronic plug, there are many kinds of types for smart plug. Such as Type A/B for US standards, Type C for Euro counties, Each country has it’s own type. So if you are a smart home business man, you must to know all of this.
Currently speaking, The most sold smart plugs are the US Standard(Type B), followed by Euro Standard(Type C). This shows that smart home products are more popular in developed countries. But we must not forget the two populous countries of China and India. The smart home market in these two countries is growing rapidly
Compatible with Amazon Alexa Echo, Google Home, IFTTT
With Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, you can control your smart plug via voice.
With IFTTT, you can make your device more smarter. When a device's status changes, it triggers another device's status to change.
Shop For Smart Plugs Now!
With just a few smart plugs, you’ll be able to automate much of your home’s systems – at a very affordable price. So get started today, and pick up a few sets of smart plugs. You’re sure to have fun experimenting, and you’ll enjoy the increased convenience, energy savings, and peace of mind you’ll get from smart plugs.