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TP-Link Smart Plug HS100 $19 + Delivery ($0 C&C /In-Store /$55* Spend) @ Officeworks

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*Free delivery to selected metro areas on orders of $55 and over.

It's not as cheap as it has been, but it's the cheapest I could find at the moment and very close to this popular deal before Christmas.

Enjoy.

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  • +13 votes

    Price beat at Bunnings for $17.10

  • +7 votes

    What are y'all using these for? I bought a Brilliant smart plug from OfficeWorks and had it attached to a fan. But aside from the w@nk factor of having friends over and saying, "Hey, google, turn on the living room fan", I'm not sure what else to do with it.

    • +4 votes

      Mainly used it for controlling some outdoor and indoor lights eg. swimming pool or some led fancy lighting
      (but yes limited use in general for me as well)

    • +4 votes

      Can turn any device off and on by timed schedules through the app(well devices that auto turn on/off when they get power)

    • +6 votes

      I use it to plug my Samsung tv. Limits amount of time kids are allowed to watch :)

    • +3 votes

      I'm using it to remotely turn power off to my 3D printer if there's a problem (e.g. the part has stopped sticking to the bed and is producing a spaghetti mess). It's brilliant, I haven't had any problems with this smart plug at all. It uses roughly 2W of power on its own when active, and when you deactivate it, it uses only 1W or less when standing by.

      You can also set schedules, so I plan on using it to turn lights on and off automatically when I'm away on holidays.

      • +1 vote

        How did you get it to recognise there's a problem?

        • +1 vote

          I monitor things regularly with a webcam (TP-Link Kasa Spot). It's primarily a security camera, but the lens is wideangle enough to view both my 3D printer as well as the apartment door.

          Some people also have a wireless smoke alarm (e.g. Nest) hooked up to IFTTT to automatically cut power to their printer as soon as there's any hint of a fire — it's a situation that would be exceedingly rare if you have a decent quality 3D printer, but it's something I'll look into at some point for peace of mind.

    • +13 votes

      I flick the switch on the kettle before bed and I can make a tea as soon as I get up

    • +2 votes

      Integrate with smart home to automatically turn on aircon when room gets too hot then turn off when room cools down.
      Conversely turn off aircon if door or window is opened for more than 1 minute.
      Schedule lights to automatically turn on at sunset and turn off at sunrise or midnight etc
      Link to activities of other devices e.g. power on subwoofers when TV is turn on and turn off subs when TV is off.
      I could keep going but you get the drift.

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        The issue with the aircon example, and a lot of devices these days is that they don't turn on as soon as the power comes on. So an air con will power on, but atleast in my case, wouldn't activate unless I pressed a button. Though for an aircon, most will automatically turn off when it gets to temperature and mine has a built in schedule. We bought a fan with a remote, and annoyingly its too 'clever' to be used with one of these devices because powering it on just puts it on stand by.

        So interestingly, the best devices for smart plugs are the simplest devices in your house.

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          The Sensibo Sky is more suited to the air conditioner scenario that you've described. It's a wifi IR controller.
          I agree that this particular plug is only suitable for certain activities and works best in conjunction with other smart devices or a fully integrated home assistant setup.

    • +5 votes

      I turn a lamp in my bedroom and my living area on and off when I am away for extended periods. It make me feel secure as outsiders may think that people are home

    • +3 votes

      I use a smart plug for the iron and another for the coffee machine and grinder.

    • +1 vote

      Coupled with solar panels, smart plugs are great for activating power intensive stuff for negligible cost. Three split system aircons - coupled with thermostats + schedules, the climate is controlled for when we get home in the arvo. Washing machine is also a big one.

      • +1 vote

        Can you expand on how things like the air con work? If you were to simply flick the power switch on the Air con, I'm assuming it wouldn't automatically start running. Are you integrating with another home automation tool to send a separate IR signal to tell the AC to actually turn on?

        Same with the Washing Machine. Simply flicking on the power wouldn't start the wash cycle. What other things are you using to integrate with these appliances?

        • +2 votes

          You can buy an IR thing, I would like one for the TV, to turn it on when not home… your right the power coming on and off just puts it in standby

        • +2 votes

          Sensibo adapters are quite good for making older split systems smart, they are a bit expensive. Find one second hand.

        • +1 vote

          Harmony Hub is an IR universal remote that has a physical remote, can work with Alexa or Google Home, wifi controlled via app etc.
          There is a power socket that is load sensitive (knows when device is in use) and can trigger events (voice notification, sms etc) when washing or dryer is finished etc.

        • +1 vote

          I'm actually lucky enough that two of my aircons just continue what they were doing last when you flick the switch back on. Might not be the best for them… but I'll take the risk. The last one was more troublesome though… but I have a Harmony Hub set up in the room which happened to work great for it.

          Washing machine is less smart, since I can set it to delay start. I just use the smart plug to track consumption and automatic turn off the plug when the cycle ends (when the watts drop to standby levels).

    • +6 votes

      My son loves pressing the dishwasher buttons, turning it on and running it etc. So we have a smart outlet under the sink that we turn on using our phones, which powers the dishwasher. It automatically turns off power to the dishwasher before he is up in the morning.

      Had another set up for the christmas tree lights that connects to an inaccessible outlet behind the tv unit. Set up a schedule for them to turn on / off.

    • +24 votes

      I've mentioned it before on here but I have one on my wifi which is next door with the neighbours really shitty modem/router plugged into it.

      Whenever I get a text from the old dear next door saying the internet is down I can now power-cycle it from my sofa to save me visiting. Gets used A LOT. Has more than paid for itself in shortbread and cakes.

      • +4 votes

        This is next level. :O

      • +1 vote

        I guess then it is not in your interest to recommend a replacement modem/router to your neighbour?

        • +22 votes

          Haha. I wouldn't be that evil. I've toyed with the idea of replacing it but you know what it's like… if I replace their modem I'm then responsible for every little thing that happens on their computer - virus (never happened before he changed that box), lost all their photos (we were fine before he changed out that box), scammed by Nigerian prince (must have been that box he replaced).

      • +2 votes

        Protip: set the modem to auto restart weekly

      • +2 votes

        set up an RPi on their network that sends the smart plug the reset command if it can't ping google for a few minutes.

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          Good idea. I've got it rebooting once a week on a schedule which keeps it relatively trouble-free day-to-day for the most part. I don't want to go too far with it, this was just a quick fix I put in one time when I was called around for the umpteenth time but it does the job. Best course of action would actually be they just cancelled their plan and used my guest network but they won't have a bar of it because they're on some crappy Optus bundle so 'the internet is all part of it' etc. etc.

          • +1 vote

            @zfa: Just change your guest network to the SSID details they use on their modem and then change their modems SSID to something obscure they wouldn't recognize. That way they are using your guest network without realising and doesn't matter what happens to their modem.

      • +1 vote

        surely you would know when your free wifi goes offline!!! :)

        • +1 vote

          Haha, we're different networks, honest. Her modem runs her network but the smart plug it is all powered from is on my network, not hers. Means I can bounce hers even when she's fully offline. I did initially try just connecting to her SSID to issue a reboot but when her router goes down, it has no connectivity whatsoever so without the plug would need a physical visit.

      • +4 votes

        There are many technical solutions which could do this automatically, but then you wouldn't get shortbread and cakes. Carry on.

    • +11 votes

      I used one to turn off wi-fi. And then it never worked….

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      I use mine for my bearded dragons heat lights to make an on/off schedule. I've also linked them with IFTTT so when it reaches 30 degrees outside they turn off for the day.

    • +1 vote

      For general use, they replace clunky automatic timers and you can set them up to work in sync with other things in a variety of different ways, not to mention they can also be controlled from anywhere in the world.

      They are also indispensable for the elderly and disabled which is another major usage. Controlling things via voice or touchscreen is a basic feature many people tend to overlook which makes a huge difference in living quality for many people.

      There are so many different ways to use them.

    • +1 vote

      My coffee machine requires 45 mins to warm up, and being able to turn on the power in the mornings from bed, or if I'm out and want a coffee when I come home, is amazing.

      I have one more plug which I just connect to my Christmas lights and my kids like to get Google to turn em on and off.

      • +1 vote

        Same. Have a two boiler machine that takes some time to warm up in the am so it’s on a schedule with different hours for weekends etc.

    • +1 vote

      Awesome question and some great ideas from everyone. I like the dishwasher idea and wish I had thought of this a couple of years ago when my twins were younger.

      I use mine on various things, like others I use it for lights, fans etc. I also have an external hdd which I use for my weekly offline synology hyperbackup and have it on for a 12hr period or so then it goes off again.

    • +1 vote

      I have 4 of them, they were very useful to program my Xmas lights around. I use it now to control and program my indoor light for my indoor plants.

    • +1 vote

      I've got one (a smart plug, not this brand though) hooked up to a salt lamp that came without a switch. It turns itself on at 6:30pm and off at 11pm, and I can control it manually with Alexa if need be.

    • +1 vote

      The brilliant ones have a sort of stopwatch function. I use IFTTT and on motion, Ring camera (in living room) triggers the Brilliant plug in the toilet for 5mins. A dim lamp is plugged into it. By the time I get to the bathroom, it's on. Usually within 1 sec of motion detected. Good for going to the toilet in the middle of the night… As my wifi bulbs (yeelight/Kasa) don't have this countdown functionality.

    • +1 vote

      I have one connected to my 3D Printer which is controlled by a raspberry Pi. I fire up the "slicer" - the control program for a print on my laptop - it talks to the pi, which turns on the printer (and off at end of print).

      I have all of the lights in the master bedroom, the living room and the foyer controllable (although we went with Alexa)

    • +3 votes

      We have several "night lights" controlled by these around the house.

      Best part is that you can set them to come on at "Sunset" and it tracks throughout the year from around 5:00pm in the middle of winter to nearly 9:00pm in the middle of summer.

      Also once had one set up to remotely turn a sprinkler that was aimed at the patio on for a few minutes in the heat of the summer to keep the dog cool !

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    The reviews are scary.

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    Mileage may vary based on other comments above.

    I bought three earlier last year. One has been turning on lights in the back yard in the evening. Another at the front of the house.

    They have worked flawlessly for me. This includes pulling them out from time to time which by they auto reconnect to wifi.

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    How smart is it?

  • +6 votes

    Better off with the Brilliant smart plug, it's slimmer so doesnt block the sockets next to it as much. Also you can use the Tuya or SmartLife app which also can control hundreds of other devices unlike the TP-Link app.