Smart plugs are one of those small, unseen smart home gadgets that can make a real difference in your day-to-day life. Outdoor smart plugs are a great way to remotely (or automate, monitor and control lights or decorations from the bed because you forgot to turn off the giant inflatable Charlie Brown Pumpkin).
TP-Link’s Casa Outdoor Smart Plug is almost the best outdoor plug I’ve tested. I say almost because it doesn’t work with Apple HomeKit and there are dual outlet smart plugs on the market that work with all three voice assistants. Still, for a reasonable $ 30, you’ll get two plugs that work with Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa as well as an app that is highly customizable, yet clean and simple. It takes only a few minutes to set up this plug. Overall, it is a nuisance-free experience.
Smart plugs are not the most aesthetically pleasing devices. Some indoor models are sufficiently streamlined to blend into your wall outlet, but I cannot say the same for outdoor models. The TP-Link Casa Outdoor Smart Plug is a chunky, black box design slightly soft but has curved edges.
Looks aside, this smart plug is well designed. It has two individually controllable three-prong outlets, a firm outer shell that protects it from elements with an IP64 weather rating, a rubber cover for the outlet, and a cord that is not too long or too short. If you want to secure your plug to your wall, a mounting screw, anchor and bracket are included.
The only downside to the design is that the rubber cover; It is not connected or connected to the rest of the plug in any way. Once you make it out of the socket, you will need to keep it nearby or in a safe storage location.
Setting up the TP-Link Casa Outdoor Smart Plug takes just a few minutes with the Casa Mobile app. A note: You will need an outdoor power outlet and a 2.4GHz network that provides a reliable Wi-Fi signal to your outdoor location.
Once you download the Casa Smart app for your iOS or Android device, you will be asked to create an account. After you log in, just follow the easy onscreen instructions to add a new device.
The LED power and Wi-Fi indicator lights at the top of the plug are your helpful guides through the setup. With your plug connected to your Wi-Fi network, you can start customizing your settings. Individual outlets can be named, given cute icons that animate with color when they are driven and paired with the accessory of your choice.
Standard Smart applies for Alex and Google Assistant integration. You can ask each outlet with its voice from the current position, and incorporate them into the scenes and routines of the rest of your home. Even without these voice assistant perks, TP-Link Casa Outdoor Smart Plug offers a lot of smart in itself.
Each outlet is individually playable, so you can ask your voice assistant to turn on a specific outlet. You can set the schedule for each outlet. Options range from a specific time of day to sunrise / sunset or from a timer function. There is also a distant mode that randomly turns off devices during a specified window.
With this smart plug you will not get energy monitoring, but there is a page in the app to see the daily, weekly and monthly run times for each outlet.
If you need HomeKit compatibility, bothAnd Provide outdoor smart plug options that work well. They are both more expensive than this $ 30 model. If HomeKit doesn’t matter to you and you want an affordable, reliable outdoor smart plug option, TP-Link’s Casa Outdoor Smart Plug is the way to go.