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What is a smart plug?
- How do smart plugs work?
Smart plugs are typically operated over Wi-Fi from your smart – you can turn that corner light on and off with the tap or a button or a vice command, or even set it on a schedule.
- What can a smart plug do?
Controlled by an app, a smart plug lets you turn on and off any appliance that plugs into a standard wall socket. As part of a solution like Alarm.com, you can actively control it, or automate it so that it reacts to schedules and triggers from your security system
- Are smart plugs safe?
Yes, smart technology has to pass the same standard safety guidelines as any other device you use and plug into a wall.
- Do you need a smart plug for every device?
No, only the ones that you want to control remotely.
- Do you have to be connected to the same network to use the smart plug ?
No, you can control your smart plugs from anywhere in the world.
- Can you plug your TV into a smart plug?
Yes. The majority of appliances that you plug into the wall can be plugged into a smart device. Basically, you plug it into the wall, and then plug a device i.e. your television into the plug.
- Can smart plugs work without Internet?
As you can see a lot of the functions that make our smart homes “smart” depends on an internet connection. Without an internet connection Wi-Fi based plugs and switches will continue to operate, but some of the advanced options will not work.
- Do you need to be connected to Wi-Fi to use smart plugs?
No, you do not have to be connect to Wi-Fii, as long as you have signal on your phone you can control your smart plugs.
- Do smart plugs need wifi?
Yes smart plugs require Wi-Fi in order to work.
- Do you need a hub to operate a smart plug?
No, Our smart plugs work with a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi connection and do not need a hub. That makes them easy to install and quick to connect.
- Can you control smart plugs away from home?
Smart plugs make your electronics that little bit cleverer. Essentially they mean you're able to control your appliances from your phone or via google/ Alexa. You can also switch the plugs on or off remotely using an app and create schedules.
- What is the point of a smart plug?
A smart plug is like a power-point adapter – it fits between your power socket and the appliance you wish to plug in. At its most basic level, it simply turns things on and off. But, when connected to a smart home platform, it becomes a very clever little device allowing you to create schedules and control your home from your phone any where in the world.
- Do smart plugs use electricity when off?
smart plugs draw a small current when they're in standby mode, but it's a very small amount of energy—only about 1 watt—and that means the overall effect on your energy consumption is negligible.
- Are smart plugs a fire hazard?
Smart Plugs are not a fire hazard, most models actually exceed the minimum safety requirements and standards. All of these devices have been been UL tested and are just as safe as any other wall plug device.
- Do smart plugs use data?
Yes, All smart gadgets use data, our smart plugs use around 50mb of data each month.
In summary we feel that a smart plug is a great tool to make your home smarter. The smart plug gives you he ability to automate anything in your home. its a low cost gadget that has many features, also easily installed its a no brainer for those who want to incorporate modern technology in their home. The gadget is essentially making you dumb appliances smart and putting the power and control in your hands.
Not only can you control 'zones' in your home and within the zones you can create ‘scenes’ with these pretty nifty little gadgets. You could plug you slow cooker into a Smart plug and schedule it to come on for a certain time ensuring that your dinner is ready for when you get home. Also teamed with the smart security cameras when you are alerted to a possible intruder you could turn the lamps or television on at home making it appear that someone is home.