TP-LINK HS110 Wi-Fi Smart Plug ~ – the smart plug for a smart home

A plug which tells how much electrical energy your devices consume? A plug which can be turned off from a smartphone, when not at home. A plug which can randomly switch off or on certain devices connected to it. All this is possible with TP-Link HS110 smart plug. The plug is a fairly small device, being 2.6” wide, 3” deep and 3.9” high, but offers a huge array of every-day comfort by offering the option to: Remotely control all devices connected to the TP-Link smart plug wherever you are, via the free “Kasa” app on your smartphone, Schedule the plug to power electronics on and off automatically, Monitor and analyze any device’s real-time and historical energy consumption, Turn on/off your devices at various times, giving the appearance that someone is always at home, Use Amazon Echo Voice Control (sold separately) to voice control all devices connected to the TP-Link plug.

The TP-Link HS 110 smart plug specifications consist of two parts: The hardware configuration and software ecosystem. The TP-LINK HS110 smart plug needs to connect to 2.4 GHz wireless networks in order to work as a smart device. It can connect to 802.11 b/g/n wireless networks but not to 802.11ac networks. TP-LINK HS110 can work well in temperatures varying from 32°F or 0ºC to 104°F or 40ºC, and a relative humidity between 5%~90%, making it suitable for most homes and offices. In terms of size, the plug is quite small, with 3.9 x 2.6 x 2.5 inches or 100.3 x 66.3 x 64 mm in height, width and depth. The total weight is only 123.3 grams.

The smart plug has two buttons: one on the top for resetting it to its default configuration and the second button on the front. This one has a WiFi icon, which displays the connectivity, and an On/Off icon. You can press the second button to turn whatever's plugged into it On and Off.
In terms of software specifications, the TP-LINK HS110 smart plug can be fully utilized only if you have a smartphone with Android or iOS. The Kasa mobile app by TP-Link needs to be installed on the smartphone which works with Android 4.1 or higher and iOS 8 or higher. With this app, one can connect to the smart plug, have it connected to the wireless network and configure the TP-LINK HS110 and all its features. Once the plug is configured on the smartphone, one can schedule the working hours of the TP-LINK HS110, set the away mode, which simulates that someone is home while you are away from home and you can also control the smart plug with your voice, using Amazon Echo.

At the foremost, to use the TP-Link HS110, it needs to be plugged into the electrical outlet. Then, the device (s) which needs to be controlled is plugged into the smart plug. An account has to be created on the TP-Link cloud, in order to remote control the smart plug. The Kasa for Mobile app, can be used to add and configure TP-LINK smart plugs, smart bulbs, mini plugs, smart switches and range extenders. Once the Kasa for Mobile app detects the TP-LINK HS110 smart plug, a name or an icon can be set for it, and join it to the home’s wireless network. With the Kasa for Mobile app, you can set a schedule for the operation of the TP-LINK HS110 smart plug, you can enable the away mode and you can also set a timer for when to turn the smart plug on or off.

Conclusion:
The TP-Link HS110 plug is fairly small and really handy device. It’s a great way to measure and analyze a home’s energy consumption, thus finding ways to cut on energy costs, and also cool to control the house appliances remotely.  Absolutely recommended buy for a smart house, irrespective of its cost, viewing its functionalities and benefits.