TP-Link Smart Plug Mini HS105 Review

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TP-Link Smart Plug Mini HS105 Review

TP-Link's Smart Plug Mini HS105 is an easy to use plug with wide range of WiFi-related connectivity options. You can fit two of these sleek plugs in one outlet and count on their performance.

Installation and Compatibility

Since this is a 2.4 gHZ WiFi plug, you only need to plug it in and grab your smartphone to set it up. Using TP-Link's Kasa app, you can connect and activate a Smart Plug Mini.

Once your plug is connected, you can integrate it with Amazon Alexa and Google Home so you can control it with your voice. The Kasa app also have a few IFTTT applets in beta testing.

This plug will not integrate with hubs which won't be a dealbreaker for someone looking for a few plugs. If you're building out a smart home, upgrade to the iHome iSP8 plug which also connects with Apple HomeKit, Samsung Smartthings, and Wink.

Keep in mind that some dumb products simply can't be made smart. A good test to see if your product will work with a smart plug is to keep the product on, unplug it from its dumb outlet, and then plug it back in. If it turns back on, congrats; it's smart plug friendly.

What Works

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  • The smart plug is WiFi connected and doesn't require a hub. For people with a few smart devices, a hub isn't necessary and using a WiFi network makes setup easier.

  • The plug is small enough to fit two of them in one outlet or leave enough space for a "dumb" plug.

  • It can be voice-activated via Amazon Alexa or Google Smart Assistant.

  • The Kasa App is available on iOS 9 and up and Android 4.1 and up. The interface is sleek and straightforward.

  • You can schedule plugs to turn on at certain times and also activate an Away mode for when you're out of town. Away mode will randomly turn devices (ideally lamps, TVs, radios/speakers) on and off to make it appear as though you are home.

  • You can remotely control your lights through the Kasa App. There's also a countdown feature for those of us who leave the coffee maker or flat iron on from time to time.

What Could Be Better

  • The plug doesn't offer energy monitoring, but there are some alternatives that do. If you don't want to compromise on size, spring for the iHome iSP8 plug. If size doesn't matter, get TP-Link's bulkier HS110 plug. The latter's energy monitoring is more comprehensive, but you would lose access to one outlet.

  • Users report and we can confirm that TP-Link's customer service is lackluster.

Warranty and Customer Support

This smart plug has a two year parts and labor warranty. It's covered under Amazon's and Best Buy's return policies. When it comes to dealing with customer support, assistance is negligible, but the online community of TP-Link IoT users proved to be extremely helpful.