TP-Link smart devices can be controlled by Kasa App locally and remotely. By this means we can easily make the home smart. This article will introduce how to connect the TP-Link Smart Plug/Switch to the home network.
Note: If your Apple device is IOS 14 or above, please have the “Local Network” enabled first following the FAQ
Before we begin:
1. Please download Kasa Smart from App Store or Google Play and install it on your smartphone.
2. Connect your smartphone to your home Wi-Fi network (2.4 GHz only).
3. Plug your Smart Plug into a power socket.
Here we take HS100 for example.
Steps to configure TP-Link Smart Plug via Kasa App.
1. Open the Kasa App and login to your cloud account.
a. If you don’t have an account, please sign up with one refer to How to create a TP-Link Cloud Account on Kasa?
b. Login to the Kasa App with your cloud account.
2. Add your Smart Plug on Kasa APP. Tap “+” and “Add a Device”, then click on “Smart plug” and choose an icon according to your model number.
3. Follow the instruction on the Kasa app to power on the HS100, wait for the Wi-Fi light blinking orange and green.
If the light do not blinking orange and green, please reset the HS100 as per User Guide/Quick Installation Guide.
4. Connect your phone to the Smart Plug Wi-Fi. There is a difference between Android and iOS phone in this step.
For Android: Kasa will look for your Kasa Cam automatically, and it will take about a minute.
If you have problem in this step, please go to Settings->Wi-Fi on your smart phone and manually connect to HS100’s Wi-Fi network (same as iOS).
For iOS: You need connect to the HS100’s Wi-Fi network manually, please go to Settings->Wi-Fi on your smart phone and connect to HS100’s Wi-Fi network (which named as TP-LINK_Smart Plug_XXXX), and then go back to the Kasa app to continue the setup process.
5. Connect the smart Plug to your home network. Here we choose “Deco M5” as our home wireless network. If you cannot find your home network in the Wi-Fi list, please click on “Join Other Network” which on the bottom of the Wi-Fi list, then enter your home network SSID and password manually. After this step, your smart plug will be connected to your home network.
6. Name your smart plug.
7. Customize an icon for this Smart Plug. We can choose an icon from the list, or choose from the “Albums” of your smartphone or take a photo.
Then enjoy your smart plug.
8. Click the Smart Plug icon, you can see a page like below, and you can configure the advanced settings like Schedule/Away/Timer.
9. Tap to enter the interface of Device Settings, click on “Name and Icon” can edit the name and icon of the smart plug, click on “Device Info” can view the basic information of the smart plug.
Note: If you meet any problem during above steps, you can press the reset button to reset the smart plug/switch as per User Guide/Quick Installation Guide.
More things you may want to do
After finish the connection of Smart Plug to home Wi-Fi, you may want to use the Amazon Echo or Google Home to help manage the device. For this purpose, you can refer to FAQs below for configuration instruction:
Get to know more details of each function and configuration please go to Download Center to download the manual of your product.
If you want a smart home, you’ll probably be using a smart plug or two. Here’s how to set up the TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini.
Smart plugs are a smart home staple for automating lamps, desk fans (or any other small appliances) quickly, easily and without spending much money. They add a ton of convenience and allow you to bring regular devices online. They’re also just plain cool. A lot of companies sell smart plugs, but they all have similar installation processes and they all do pretty much the same thing.
For the purposes of this post, I’m going to use our current favorite smart plug — the TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini — to show you how to install a smart plug and how you can use it to make your dumb appliances smart(er). You can find the Kasa smart plug for around $20 , and sometimes even less. But check out our list of the best smart plugs if you want some other options.
Step 1: Get the Kasa app
You need TP-Link’s Kasa app to install and manage your Kasa smart plug. Download the Kasa app on your Android or iOS device of choice and create an account (or log in if you already have one).
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Step 2: Add a new device
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Open the Kasa app and click on the plus sign on the top right corner of the home screen. Then select “Device,” “Smart Plug” and “Smart Plug Lite/Mini” so the app knows which TP-Link Kasa product you’re trying to install.
Step 3: Plug it into an outlet
Plug the Kasa plug into a wall outlet. LED status lights built into the plug will blink orange and blue; that means you’re in pairing mode. Select “Orange and Blue” on the app screen when you see the pairing lights.
Step 4: Connect it to Wi-Fi
Follow the prompts in the app to enter your Wi-Fi info. Keep in mind that the Kasa plug requires a 2.4GHz connection. Learn more about Wi-Fi routers here .
This might be the fastest tutorial ever, because — that’s it. You’re done. The app will ask you to name your Kasa plug — something like “desk fan” or “coffee maker” that’s easy to distinguish from other connected devices. You can even take a picture of your fan, coffee maker or lamp and make a custom icon.
For more tips and tricks of what to do with a smart plug once you’ve installed it, be sure to watch my video on CNET’s YouTube channel, How To Do It All.
And, if you’re curious about other how to articles centered around the smart home, check out this one all about installing a Ring video doorbell.
Please follow the instructions below to set up your TP-LINK Smart Plug and connect it to your appliance:
TIP: Make a note of your email and password as you will need them you connect your Kasa account to your Equiwatt account later on.
Add your new Smart Plug to your Kasa account
- After logging into your Kasa account, select the + icon in the right-hand corner of the screen.
- Select ‘Device’ and then choose ‘Smart Plugs’.
- Select the type of Smart Plug you have (e.g. HS110 / KP115).
- Connect your TP-Link Smart Plug to any power socket and follow the onscreen instructions in the Kasa app to set up your plug.
- When prompted, tap on the WiFi network named TP_LINK_Smart_Plug_XXXX to connect to your Smart Plug.
- Choose the WiFi network that you would like to add your Smart Plug to and enter your WiFi password (if required) and select ‘Join’.
TIP: Depending on the speed and reach of your WiFi, it could take longer to connect your plug to your network. Try plugging your Smart Plug closer to your router if you are having difficulty connecting it.
If you see the following message on the next screen, select ‘I’m Already Connected’.
- Name your new Smart Plug (e.g. Fridge, Electric Heater etc.) and choose an icon to help customise your Smart Plug in the Kasa app.
TIP: Give your appliance a name on the Kasa Smart app to easily identify the appliance connected to your TP-Link Smart Plug in the equiwatt app (This is the name that will display in the smart tab of the Equiwatt app.)
TIP: If you experience any issues connecting your plug try working through TP-Link’s helpful FAQ article to see if that resolves your issue.
Congratulations, you have connected your new Smart Plug! Next, you will need to connect your Kasa account to Equiwatt to start earning rewards for participating in equivents with your new Smart Plug.
Click here to learn how to add your Smart Plug to Equiwatt.
TIP: Maximise your equivent points earnings by connecting your Smart Plug to one of the biggest energy consumers in your home, like your fridge, freezer, electric heater or portable air conditioner.
Compact Design, Full Control | HS105
Control any appliance from anywhere with Kasa Smart’s mini plug.
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Turn your smart plug on and off, set schedules or scenes from anywhere with your smartphone using the Kasa Smart app.
The Smart Plug works with a secured 2.4GHz wireless network without the need for a separate hub.
Use simple voice commands with your smart plug and Alexa or Google Assistant.
The compact design of the Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini is smaller than other smart plugs and allows them to be stacked in the same outlet.
Use Grouping to combine your smart plug with other Kasa Smart devices for seamless control with one single tap on your smartphone.
Schedule any device connected to the Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini to automatically switch on or off if you’re home or away.
Control from Anywhere
Turn your smart plug on and off, set schedules or scenes from anywhere with your smartphone using the Kasa Smart app.
What’s better than one smart plug? Two! The compact design of the Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini is smaller than other smart plugs and allows them to be stacked in the same outlet. It also leaves you with the option to leave one outlet completely free for another device.
Your Voice Has Power
Use simple voice commands to control all of your Kasa Smart devices with any Alexa or Google Assistant. Tell your voice assistant to turn on your living room lamp, have it schedule the coffee maker for the morning, even turn on your office fan when it gets too hot.
A Single Tap Is All It Takes
Use the Grouping feature on the Kasa Smart app to combine your devices together for unified control with one single tap on your smartphone. Combine your living room bulbs, plugs and light switches together for an easier way to turn them on when you get home.
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Curious which smart plug is right for you? Look no further than the market leading TP-LINK Smart Plug Mini HS105. It’s easy to set up, intuitive to use, and connects easily to OhmConnect via the Kasa Smart app on your phone. Note that TP-LINKS require active wifi connection in your home.
Unlike other smart plug models, the Smart Plug Mini HS105 doesn’t block adjacent power sockets. Use it on high energy appliances such as refrigerators, washer/dryers, fans, plug-in A/C units, or space heaters.
Control Your Home from Anywhere
Use the free Kasa app on your smartphone to control devices connected to your smart plug wherever you have Internet (compatible with Android and iOS). Name your devices and use icons in the app to easily remember which plug is connected to each device.
Schedule your plug to automatically turn electronics on and off as needed, like setting lights to come on at dusk or turn off at sunrise. Use the timer feature to tell your device to turn on after a certain time, such as after the day’s #OhmHour, or to automatically switch devices off (such as a clothes iron or curling iron) after a time limit.
Easily turn on or off your devices at different times to give the appearance that someone is home.
Works with Alexa
Connect your smart plug to Amazon Echo (sold separately) to control your devices using Amazon Alexa voice control.
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- Compatible with both Google Assistant and Alexa
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Switch off the lights in your living room from office, or switch on the water geyser while you’re stuck in the traffic with this Smart Plug. This TP-Link Smart Plug is easy to set up and it makes your life easier as you can manage and control electronics and household appliances from anywhere with just a tap of your smartphone.
Turn on the air purifier, switch on the lights in the room next door, or switch off the water heater in the washroom without getting out of your bed as this Smart Plug allows you to control and schedule the appliances from wherever you are.
Thanks to the count down timer feature, this Smart Plug automatically switches off your iron box or hair curler if you have set a time limit.
Featuring a simple and elegant design, this Smart Plug blends into the existing decor.
Pair this Smart Plug with your Android or iOS smartphone using the Kasa app, and control all your appliances easily.
If you have planned for a long holiday, and don’t want people to think you’re not home, then this smart Plug is what you need. With this at home, you can turn on the lights and switch them off on a schedule to make it look like you’re home when you are actually holidaying.
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This Plug works very well.
1. Very easy to configure. No Computer intervention is required to configure.
2. Just two Mins configure using TPLINK KASA app.
3. Change the plugs and put it anywhere easily connects .
4. Works with in LAN .
5. Works over Internet. (I tried with mobile data GPRS instead of local LAN).
6. IFTTT support is there. You need to intercept the network to get the details.
7. You can Write your own implementation to switch ON , OFF
Automation is at an all-time high. With smart homes now a thing, it is common for people like you to buy smart plugs. However, the first time you try to set it up, you get an error.
This post is about TP-Link smart plug. If you recently bought it and find it difficult to connect to Wi fi or the internet, you have come to the right place.
In this tutorial, we are going to go in-depth to solve the problem for you.
Let’s get started.
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Solving TP-Link Smart Plug won’t Connect To WiFI
As a user, you can approach solving the Wi-Fi issue in different ways. For example, a connection problem is shared among the smart plugs, and you can find people found an issue with their later purchases when their first few smart plugs worked just fine!
TP-Link is known for its smart plugs and its networking solutions aimed at smart homes and offices. If you are using both smart plug and Wi-Fi router, then you may find no issue in connecting them — considering that they tested out the smart plug and Wi-Fi router connectivity. However, the problem starts to happen when you try out different connectivity options. The issue can also occur due to a faulty Wi-Fi route or smart plug.
1) Try reconnecting the smart plug: reset the plug
The first step that you need to take is simply reconnecting the smart plug. There are instances where you will find yourself stuck in the phase just because the connectivity didn’t happen the first time. Resetting the plug will ensure that you have made the connection correctly. If the smart plug still throws the error, it is time for you to move to the 2nd solution.
2) Reset your Wi-Fi: Check Wi-Fi settings
Here you need to reset and check your Wi-Fi settings. It is common to find yourself utilizing the wrong Wi fi network. For instance, you may have connected to the 5 GHz band, which the smart plugin doesn’t support.
Most modern smart devices require a 2.4 GHz band to connect.
The first step is to reset the Wi-Fi or the home network that you are connected to. This step may solve the problem of the “trying to connect” issue with the smart plug. If it doesn’t work, then you need to check the Wi-Fi network settings. If you use a separate router for a smart home, make sure that it doesn’t use any VPN or firewall. If things don’t change, try to manually set the Wi-Fi settings to ensure the setup can go forward.
3) Re-install the TP-Link Kasa App
TP-Link Corporation Limited designed the TP-Link Kasa app to make it easy for you to connect a smart plug to the Wi-Fi. To make sure that the app is not at fault, try to re-install the Kasa app. It doesn’t matter which phone device you are using; you can go to its respective store and then re-install the TP-link Kasa app.
If you are using another app for connecting, check your smart home app to re-install it. If the problem didn’t fix by re-installing the Kasa smart plug app, check out the next step to solve the smart plug switch error. This should resolve your Kasa smart problem.
4) Check the internet
It is essential for an optimal connection between the smart home plug and the router’s network. The key here is to provide internet coverage for the connection to take place. To ensure that you have working internet, check that your router has its power on. A router with proper light on can also tell you information about your internet.
Still not sure if your internet is working fine? Then, use your smartphone and do a speed test to see if it is working correctly or not.
5) Check if the smart plug is faulty or not
Devices can become faulty on their own. It is a known fact in the industry that some percentage of products are dead on arrival. So, as a consumer, you cannot rule out the possibility of the smart plugin being faulty. To check the symptoms of a defective device, you can Google and see if someone else is having the problem or not. If the fellow user has a faulty device, you may rule out that your new smart plug is defective. Also, if you do not have the technical knowledge to know about a device’s faultiness, switch to Tech support from the company or your local support, and let them figure out the problem.
By now, you should know how to solve the TP-Link smart plug connection issues. However, if you still have problems, use the comment section below and let us know.
TP-Link Smart Plug won’t Connect – Frequent Asked Questions(FAQs)
1. Why is my Smart Plug not connecting to Internet?
A: There can be many reasons your smart plug doesn’t connect to the internet. We have discussed why it doesn’t join and what you can do to control the situation.
2. Can’t connect the smart plug to Wi-Fi?
A: Go through the points mentioned above, and you can figure out how to solve the problem.
3. How do I reconnect my Kasa smart plug to Wi-Fi?
A: To connect your Kasa smart plug to Wi-FI, you need to open the app and search for the smart plug.
4. How do I connect my router to a new Wi-Fi network?
A: You need to use the Kasa app to connect the smart plug to your new home network Wi-Fi. Disconnect the smart plug from the old router’s network and then input the new Wi-Fi credentials to connect.
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The tplink integration allows you to control your TP-Link Smart Home Devices such as plugs, power strips, wall switches and bulbs.
You need to provision your newly purchased device to connect to your network before it can be added via the integration. This can be done either by using kasa command-line tool or by adding it to the official Kasa app before trying to add them to Home Assistant. If you use the app, do not upgrade the firmware if it presents the option to avoid blocking the local access by potential firmware updates.
There is currently support for the following device types within Home Assistant:
Adding TP-Link Kasa Smart to your Home Assistant instance can be done via the user interface, by using this My button:
TP-Link Kasa Smart can be auto-discovered by Home Assistant. If an instance was found, it will be shown as “Discovered”, which you can select to set it up right away.
If there wasn’t any discovered automatically, don’t worry! You can set up a manual integration entry:
- Browse to your Home Assistant instance.
- In the sidebar click on Configuration.
- From the configuration menu select: Integrations.
- In the bottom right, click on the Add Integration button.
- From the list, search and select “TP-Link Kasa Smart”.
- Follow the instruction on screen to complete the set up.
- HS110 (supports consumption sensors)
- KP115 (supports consumption sensors)
- HS107 (indoor 2-outlet)
- HS300 (powerstrip 6-outlet) (supports consumption sensors)
- KP303 (powerstrip 3-outlet)
- KP400 (outdoor 2-outlet)
- KP200 (indoor 2-outlet)
- KP40 (outdoor 2-outlet)
- EP40 (outdoor 2-outlet)
- HS220 (acts as a light)
Other bulbs may also work, but with limited color temperature range (2700-5000). If you find a bulb isn’t reaching the full-color temperature boundaries, submit a bug report to python-kasa.
TP-Link Smart Plug Setup – Getting Started
The TP-Link Smart Plug connects your smart home Wi-Fi network to a wall socket. In addition, it can be controlled by pressing the on or off button on the side.
Of course, manual controls supersedes the purpose of having a smart device, and you can also remotely control it using the Kasa Mobile app for Android or iOS.
What’s more, if you use Amazon’s voice assistant, Alexa, you can use the Kasa Skill to establish a connection and have voice control through the Echo, Echo Dot, or Echo Show.
Once you have unboxed the plug connected to an electrical outlet, it works fine.
Next, you have to install the Kasa Mobile app on your device to commence the setup process and get your plug connected to your Wi-Fi to be accessed via the App or Alexa.
TP-Link Smart Plug Setup Process
Once the smart plug is paired with a Wi-Fi network, follow the next steps to connect TP-Link Smart Plug to Alexa and echo devices so that you can easily control your coffee maker, desk fan, and other smaller appliances with verbal commands.
Here are the steps to setup TP-Link smart plug
- Launch the Alexa app. If you don’t have the application, you can download it from Android or iOS. Once you’ve launched the App, you’ll be taken to the main screen.
- Now head into the bottom right corner and click on ‘Devices.’
- Next, select the plus (+) sign in the upper right corner of your screen.
- Click on ‘Add Device.’
TP-Link Smart Plug Setup
- Select ‘Plug’ from the list of devices.
- You’ll be asked to select the name and brand of the smart plug. Therefore click on ‘TP-Link Kasa’ and press the ‘Continue’ button.
TP-Link Smart Plug Setup
- Now you’ll be redirected to the Kasa Skill and click on ‘Enable to Use.’
- A screen will appear prompting your TP-Link account, and it will ask you to confirm with login ID and passcode that you set up with Kasa App.
- Enter the right Kasa credentials on the Alexa app and then click ‘Authorize.’
TP-Link Smart Plug Setup
- Close the window by clicking ‘Done in the upper left corner of the screen. You’ll go back on the Alexa app where a ‘Discover Devices’ dialog box appears.
- Click on ‘Discover Devices.’
TP-Link Smart Plug Setup – Discover Devices
- You’ll be added to a group, and you can skip the step and click ‘Done.’
- You can now easily manipulate the smart plug through the Alexa app or issue verbal commands using the Amazon Echo device.
- When using verbal commands to control your TP-Link smart plug, try saying ‘Alexa, turn on bedroom light’ or ‘Alexa, turn off living room light’ or the label you have given to your device in the Alexa Smart Home section.
TP-Link Smart Plug Setup
You have completed the setup process and successfully added the Kasa Smart Plug to Alexa and Amazon Echo speaker.
Troubleshooting TP-Link Smart Plug Set Up
Alexa Doesn’t Recognize The TP-Link Smart Plug.
Try to unplug and plug in the smart plug and re-discover the Alexa app’s smart plugin. Also, you can check to see if the device is compatible with the Kasa App.
Alexa Is Showing the TP-Link Smart Plug Is Offline
Head to settings in your smartphone and manually connect it to the TP-Link smart plug. Disable any VPN connection to your smartphone, maybe during the setup process.
Unplug the TP-Link smart plug and plug it back in, then repeat the steps above.
Your TP-Link Smart Plug cant Connect to Your Wi-Fi Network.
In this instance, the wireless signal may be too weak; if it’s less than two bars, you’ll need to shift the plug closer to your Wi-Fi router.
In addition, if you want to ensure that the Wi-Fi you’re trying to connect the device to is the 2.4 GHz bandwidth.
You Can’t Press ‘Done’ When Setting Up the Smart Plug in the App.
Wait for about 15 seconds, and then check the light on the TP-Link smart plug. If the smart plug shows that it’s connected to the network or if the light is blinking a couple of times, don’t decide to start over.
You Can’t Rename the Smart Plug.
You can connect back to the Plug’s Wi-Fi and try again. Otherwise, uninstall and install the Kasa companion app on your smartphone.
We hope that’s article was handy for you, and we hope it will help you set up your TP-Link smart plug with Alexa.
If you encounter any other issue or problem, you can reach out to the TP-Link team to get more help with your smart plug.
A tool for using TP-Link HS100/HS105/HS110 wi-fi smart plugs. You can turn them on and off, reboot them, and so on. You can even set them up without using TP-Link’s app (see Initial Setup).
Tested to work on Linux, OSX, IRIX, and Windows under WSL.
- associate : set wifi AP to connect to. get your key_type by doing a scan
- emeter : realtime power consumption (only works with HS110)
- factory-reset : reset the plug to factory settings
- off : turn the power off
- on : turn the power on
- reboot : reboot the plug
- scan : scan for nearby wifi APs (probably only 2.4 GHz ones)
- set_server : set cloud server to instead of TP-Link’s
- Alternatively, you can supply a JSON string to be sent directly to the device. Note that the JSON string must be quoted, like so: hs100 ‘<"system":<"set_relay_state":<"state":1>>>’
According to TP-Link, initial setup of the plugs is performed by installing their “Kasa” app on your smartphone (free account required), and using its setup tool. This sucks and I do not recommend it. Instead, follow these alternative instructions.
You want to get the plug into the “blinking amber and blue” state, in which it will spin up its own AP and await commands. If you have a brand new plug, then it should do this automatically. Otherwise, hold down one of the buttons (depending on your model) for about 5 seconds, until its light blinks amber and blue.
You should see a wifi AP called “TP-Link_Smart Plug_XXXX” or similar. Connect to this AP. You will be given an IP of 192.168.0.100, with the plug at 192.168.0.1.
Issue the following commands to the plug:
- Factory reset the plug to get rid of any settings from a previous owner: hs100 192.168.0.1 factory-reset . You will be disconnected from its wifi AP. Once the factory reset is done (usually a few seconds), reconnect to the plug’s AP.
- Disable cloud nonsense by setting a bogus server URL: hs100 192.168.0.1 set_server localhost
- Scan for your wifi AP using hs100 192.168.0.1 scan . Find your AP in the list and note its key_type ; you will need this to associate.
- Associate with your AP using hs100 192.168.0.1 associate
. Your key_type is a number that indicates the kind of wifi security that your AP is using. You can find it by doing a wifi scan (see previous step).
If the light turns solid amber, then it was unable to associate– factory reset the plug and try again. Otherwise, the light on your plug will change first to blinking blue, then to solid blue indicating that it has successfully connected to your AP.
Ubuntu instructions You will need build-essential installed. Then run make . This will produce a hs100 binary which you can use. E.g. ./hs100 192.168.0.1 off
- better error checking
- plug discovery
This program is very basic. Patches welcome!
An affordable, versatile smart plug
The Bottom Line
The super-affordable TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Lite HS-103 can be controlled with your phone or voice and works with lots of other smart devices.
- Supports multiple voice command platforms
- Works with plenty of third-party devices
- Lacks power usage reports
- Doesn’t support HomeKit
Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Lite (HS-103) Specs
|Size||1.5 by 2.6 by 2.1 inches|
Designed for small electronic devices that draw less than 12 amps of power, the TP-Link Kasa Smart Lite HS-103 ($14.99) is a small single-outlet smart plug that turns traditional appliances into connected ones. It’s easy to install and can be controlled with a user-friendly mobile app or with your voice, and it works with numerous third-party smart home devices. At just under $15, it’s the most affordable smart plug we’ve tested, but it won’t tell you how much power you’re using like the $17.99 Samsung SmartThings Wi-Fi Smart Plug does.
Small and Simple
The Kasa Lite plug is rated for small appliances that draw less than 12 amps, such as coffee makers, fans, and table lamps. It measures 1.5 by 2.6 by 1.5 inches (HWD), making it smaller than the SmartThings plug (1.5 by 2.6 by 2.1 inches) and just a hair bigger than the Aukey Wi-Fi Smart Plug (1.5 by 2.5 by 1.3 inches). It has a single three-prong receptacle on the front, a 3-prong plug on the back, and an on/off button on the right side. Also on the right side is an LED status light that blinks amber and blue during setup, glows solid blue when the plug is powered up and connected, and glows solid amber when the connection is lost. Inside is a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi radio for connecting to your home network.
As with other TP-Link Kasa smart home devices including the Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Outdoor Plug KP400 and the Kasa Smart Bulb KL50, the Lite plug uses the Kasa Smart mobile app (for Android and iOS), which makes it easy to control the plug and create automations. It opens to a Devices screen with panels for all of your installed Kasa smart devices, separated into category groups. The HS-103 panel displays the name that you gave the plug and has an On/Off button off to the right. Tap the panel to open a different screen with a larger On/Off button and Schedule, Timer, Away, and Runtime buttons along the bottom.
Use the Schedule button to create on and off schedules for specific times and days of the week. With the Timer button you can set a countdown timer to have the plug turn on or off, and the Away button lets you create a schedule that has the plug turn on and off randomly to give the appearance that someone is home while you’re away. The Runtime button takes you to a screen where you can see how many hours the plug has been on, but you don’t get the energy consumption statistics that you get with the Samsung SmartThings and ConnectSense Smart Outlet 2 plugs.
Samsung SmartThings Wifi Smart Plug
ConnectSense Smart Outlet 2
Aukey Wi-Fi Smart Plug
Belkin WeMo Insight Smart Plug
iHome iSP6X SmartPlug
Geeni Spot Smart Wi-Fi Plug
Amazon Smart Plug
Back at the Devices screen, there are Scenes and Smart Actions buttons. The Scenes button opens a screen where can you assign the plug to one of three preset scenes (Good Morning, Good Night, Movie Night) that will turn the plug and other devices on or off with the touch of a button, or you can create your own custom scene. Smart Actions allow you to create automations to have the plug be triggered by other Kasa devices. For example, you can have a camera’s motion detection turn the plug on or off.
As with other Kasa smart devices, the HS-103 can be controlled using Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant voice commands. It also works with IFTTT applets, which are mini programs you can create to have the plug interact with third-party devices such as lights, thermostats, and garage door openers. It even works with Microsoft Cortana, but Apple HomeKit and Siri voice commands aren’t supported.
Easy to Install and Use
The HS-103 installs in minutes. Start by downloading the Kasa Smart app and creating an account. Tap the plus icon in the upper right corner of the Devices screen, and then tap Device. Select Smart Plugs from the list, then select the Smart Plug Lite.
Follow the on-screen instructions to power up the plug and verify that the LED is blinking amber and blue. Use your phone’s Wi-Fi settings to connect to the plug, then return to the app and connect the plug to your home Wi-Fi SSID. Once connected to your network, the plug will be automatically added to your Alexa device list. Give it a name, let the software update the firmware if necessary, and you’re all set.
The plug performed well in testing. It responded quickly to on and off commands using the physical button and the mobile app, and it always responded to Alexa voice commands. I created schedules to have it turn on at 9:00 a.m. and off at 1:00 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays, and they too worked without a hitch.
The Most Affordable Smart Plug
The TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Lite HS-103 lets you turn traditional small appliances into smart ones for under $15. It can be controlled with your voice or with your phone, and it can be triggered by third-party devices. Setup is a snap and you can create automations to have the plug work with other Kasa smart devices such as cameras and switches, but it lacks energy reports that tell you how much power it’s drawing. For that you’ll have to spend a few dollars more on our Editors’ Choice winner, the Samsung SmartThings Wi-Fi Smart Plug.
Tapo smart plug is a compact home device that turns your typical electrical wall outlet into a controllable, customizable and multi-functional outlet, enabling you to easily control your lights and household electronic devices via the Tapo app, no matter where you find yourself.
Follow the steps below to set up your Tapo smart plug using the Tapo app.
1. Go to Google Play or the Apple App Store or scan the QR code below to download the Tapo app.
2. Open the app and use your TP-Link ID to log in. If you don’t have a TP-Link ID, tap Sign Up to create one and the app will guide you through the rest.
3. Tap the + button in the Tapo app, select your model, here we take Tapo P100 as an example.
4. Plug your Tapo plug into a power outlet and wait until the LED is blinking orange and green. Then tap the ALREADY ORANGE AND GREEN button. Please note that keep your phone or tablet close to your Tapo plug throughout the setup.
Note: If the LED does not blink orange and green, tap I Need Help, or reset the plug as per its user guide.
5. Tapo will search for your device.
6. Choose your network and enter its password. You can tap the eye icon to double-check if you have entered the correct password. Then tap Next to add your Tapo plug to your home network.
7. Give your Tapo plug a name, set the location and custom its icon for you to identify it easily.
8. After setting it up, you can check for the latest firmware for optimum performance.
9. Done! Now you can manage your Tapo plug via the app anytime, anywhere.
More things you may want to do
After connecting your Tapo plug to your home Wi-Fi, you may want to use the Amazon Echo or Google Home to help manage the device. Refer to FAQs below for configuration instruction:
Wireless type: 2.4 GHz, Input/Output voltage: 100 – 240VAC, Max. load: 16A, Max. power: 3,68kW, works with Android and iOS
Additional product information:
- Remote Access – Control devices connected to the Smart Plug wherever you have Internet using the free Kasa app on your smartphone.
- Scheduling – Schedule the Smart Plug to automatically power electronics on and off as needed, like setting lights to come on at dusk or turn off at sunrise.
- Away Mode – Turns your devices on and off at different times to give the appearance that someone is home.
- Amazon Echo Voice Control – Amazon Echo (sold separately) lets you control devices connected to the Smart Plugs just using your voice.
Protocol: IEEE 802.11b/g/n
Wireless Type: 2.4GHz, 1T1R
System Requirements: Android 4.1 or higher, iOS 8 or higher
Certification: RoHS, EAC, CE
Package Contents: Smart Plug HS100, Quick Start Guide
• Operating Temperature: 0 ºC
• Operating Humidity: 5%
Dimensions( H X W X D ): 3.9 x 2.6 x 3 in. ( 100.3 x 66.3 x 77 mm )
Buttons: Power button, Settings button
Packaging Dimensions: 3.5 x 3.5 x 5.7 in. ( 90 x 88 x 144 mm )
Input voltage: 100 – 240VAC
Output voltage: 100-240VAC
Maximum Load: 16A
Maximum Power: 3.68KW
At a Glance
- Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
- Part of a growing TP-Link smart-home ecosystem
- Easily accessible manual on/off on the front
- Design takes up entire two-jack outlet
- Requires account for remote access
- Doesn’t support Apple’s HomeKit
There are less-expensive options that deliver the same benefits—unless you’ve already committed to using TP-Link’s Wi-Fi smart bulbs.
Best Prices Today
Turning an outlet smart has a lot of appeal, and prices for plug-in options have dropped substantially. The TP-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug with a power-usage monitoring option costs $39.99, but you can buy the very similar Geeni Energi energy-tracking Wi-Fi smart plug for about $15 less.
Either way, I’ve never been sold on single-outlet monitoring, as it doesn’t offer enough insight into your overall consumption. The TP-Link does allow a pull of up to 1800 watts (about 15 amps at 120 volts), so you could track an air-conditioner or dehumidifier’s drain.
If you’ve already installed a bunch of TP-Link Wi-Fi smart bulbs, you’ll benefit from being able to use the same app—Kasa, available for Android and iOS—to control everything. But those aren’t among our favorite smart bulbs: The white-LED LB120 earned three stars while the color-LED LB130 scored three and a half.
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Kasa’s network setup is a little convoluted, as it requires changing your Wi-Fi network to get started.
The HS110 smart plug can also be controlled via voice commands using Amazon’s Alexa or the Google Assistant, so you’re not entirely trapped in TP-Link’s ecosystem. On the other hand, TP-Link’s products can’t be integrated into broader smart home systems by way of a Samsung SmartThings hub or the Wink Hub 2. The absence of compatibility with Apple’s HomeKit ecosystem is less surprising than the fact the HS110 doesn’t work with IFTTT, either.
TP-Link did make it easy to see status and use a manual on/off button, by putting them all together and on the front. The separate Wi-Fi network LED and power indicator are part of the on/off button. There’s also a tiny, easily reachable pair/reset button on top.
Setting up a TP-Link smart plug is a little tedious, because it requires swapping your mobile device from your home Wi-Fi network to one temporarily created by the smart plug. After using the TP-Link smart-home app, Kasa, to configure the device, your network connection snaps back, and you can finish configuration.
You can use the Kasa app to set scenes of multiple devices and schedules, timers, and away settings for each device without needing an account. For remote access, however, you must register with TP-Link and enable the feature in Kasa. For those who prefer to keep their smart-home devices as stupid as possible, working only over a local network, Kasa provides plenty of capabilities.
This smart plug is bulky, preventing use of both outlets in a two-up fixture. TP-Link offers a more compact version, the HS105, that does allow use of a second outlet while it’s plugged into the first, but it’s $10 more and doesn’t support energy monitoring.
Smart plugs are the unheralded lifeblood of any smart home, and the TP Link Kasa Smart Plug is one that has made its way into many households. It is frequently paired with Amazon products like the Echo Dot as the recommended smart plug, so it’s a great plug to start with as you build up your own smart home. However, when the smart plug has connectivity issues, it doesn’t feel very smart anymore.
Here are some troubleshooting tips to help with some connection issues your TP Link Kasa Smart Plug may have: Try unplugging the plug for 10 seconds and plug it in again after to reset the plug. If you’re having trouble connecting it to your phone, make sure to connect in your Wi-Fi settings first.
If these two steps don’t get your TP Link Kasa Smart Plug up and running, we’ve got a few more tips for you to try out. Setting it up correctly the first time can be a great way to avoid any future connection issues, but the odd error does happen even if you’ve set it up properly from the beginning.
Setting Up the Smart Plug
To set up the TP Link Kasa Smart Plug, you’ll need to follow these steps:
- Download the “Kasa Smart” app from the App Store or Google Play Store.
- Connect your smartphone to your home Wi-Fi network (you’ll need to be on the 2.4GHz bandwidth).
- Plug the smart plug into an outlet.
- Open the Kasa Smart app and make an account (if you don’t already have one).
- Tap the “+” sign in the top right corner to add a device, then tap “Add a Device.”
- Tap “Smart Plugs,” then select the smart plug that you have.
- Follow the instructions given in the app to power on the plug, and check to see that the lights that are flashing match what the app describes.
- Connect to the plug’s Wi-Fi. You can do this manually by going to the settings and connecting to the smart plug (it should be something like TP-LINK_Smart Plug_XXXX). Then, go back to the Kasa Smart app.
- Choose your home network for your smart plug to connect to in the app.
- Name your smart plug (you can name it for whatever the smart plug is going to be connected to so that it’s easier to remember).
When you’ve done all of this correctly (and without any issues), your TP Link Kasa Smart Plug will be ready to connect to your Google Home or Amazon Alexa smart devices.
Other Common Issues (and How to Fix Them)
However, sometimes everything doesn’t go according to plan. Even though the ten steps outlined above are relatively straightforward, there are still a few issues that can pop up along the way:
|Alexa doesn’t recognize the smart plug.||Try to unplug and plug in the smart plug and re-discover it in your Alexa app. Or, check to see if the device is compatible with the Kasa App.|
|The smart plug is offline on Alexa.||Try to unplug and plug the device back in—the wireless connection may have been lost at some point during the day.|
|The device didn’t boot up correctly.||Try to unplug and plug the device back in.|
|The device can’t connect to smart devices.||Go to the settings in your smartphone, and manually connect it to the smart plug. Disable any VPN connection your phone may be using during the setup process. Unplug the plug and plug it back in, then repeat the steps above.|
|You can’t rename the smart device.||Connect back to the smart plug’s Wi-Fi network and try again. Otherwise, uninstall and re-install the Kasa Smart app on your phone.|
|The device can’t connect to your network.||The wireless signal may be too weak; if it is less than two bars, you’ll need to move the plug closer to your router. Also, you may want to make sure that the Wi-Fi you’re trying to connect the device to is the 2.4 GHz bandwidth.|
|You can’t press “Done” when setting up the plug in the Kasa Smart app/The device says “Almost done” but never finishes.||Wait 15 seconds, then check the light on the smart plug. If the smart plug shows that it is connected to the network or if the light is blinking several times, don’t choose to start over.|
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Having a TP Link can dramatically improve how smart your home is, but you might run into some hiccups along the way. With these troubleshooting tips, you should be able to keep your smart plugs free of some of the common errors that pop up from time to time.
New to smart plugs? Check out our article on our recommendations for the best smart plugs on the market!
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Kasa Smart is your portal to your TP-LINK Smart Home.
** Kasa Smart is currently only compatible with TP-LINK Smart Plug HS100/110/107 KP200/400, Smart Plug Mini HS103/105, KP105/115, Smart Switch HS200/210/220, Smart Power Strip HS300/303, Smart Bulb LB100/110/120/130/200/230, KL50/60/110/120/125/130, IP Camera KC100/105/110/115/120/200/300/310/400/410S, EC60/70, Smart Router SR20, and Range Extender RE270/370/350K **
Kasa Smart lets you add, configure, monitor, and control your connected TP-LINK Smart Home devices from anywhere in the world. You can schedule your appliances to turn on or off according to your schedule, or set them to Away Mode to deter would-be burglars. And that’s just the beginning. Purchase a TP-LINK Smart Home device and download the app to get started today.
Stay tuned for updates to the Kasa platform as we add support for new features and upcoming hardware in the Kasa family!
– Fixed some bugs and optimization
Ratings and Reviews
Kasa Lightbulbs / plugs
I have both of these in my home to use with Alexis. They both work great with her. I even purchased a colored bulb to see how it would do. It’s working great too. In the evening it nice to add a little color to the room and it makes the room more relaxing.
Why I highly recommend these items from Kasa: I enjoy the being able to just say a command and my lights to turn on. Also I can also them them to turn down to a percentage and they do it. Example is if I have light on at 100% and I just want to relax , I can command to have it at 35-25% or however dim I want. That’s a great feature bc sometimes you just don’t want a bright light on. Being able to change percentage is a nice feature!
I would also like to say. I put a plug outside on my porch. Now my porch has GFI plugs with covers, so I put one of kasa plugs in it to see when I add string lights/ Christmas lights etc. if it would work. Guess what! It worked! It was nice to be able to have my outside string lights or whatever I had plugged in come on with my command.
Also I had surgery and it was nice to be able to turn on and off lights without having to climb out of bed or get off the chair or have someone do for me.
I definitely recommend these products to use with Alexis. They work great together!
I started with the little 2 pack starter kit and used this with my power strip to turn it on at night and off in the morning when I am not here. This power strip only charges my phone, watch and iPad most nights, but I have also had my xbox controllers charger and sometimes other things connected to the strip. It saves electricity instead of having the strip plugged in all the time. I also have a strip for my xbox, tv, and headset charger.
I have now bought more of these smart plugins and use them to turn off other tvs and xboxs on power strips when my kids arent listening and have a lamp in the living room I have set on a schedule to turn on before I get to the ground floor so I dont trip on anything on the floor the kids may have left in the middle of the night when they should have been sleeping.
I also own one of their light bulbs, but havent found a great use for it yet. I have used it here and there and think it’s a great idea. I have a neighbor that cant figure out how to turn off her outside lights and this would be great for her, but I still think the idea of this light is pretty cool.
Limits Smart actions
I don’t get it. For years now The policy has been to limit the total number of smart actions you can have for your devices to just three. That means you can only turn off three devices automatically so many minutes after they are turned on. What if you have four lights and four switches? Three of those can turn off automatically a predetermined time period after they are turned on but the fourth must be turned off manually.
Think about exterior lighting that might come on due to a motion sensor. Or that same lighting that you might want to turn off automatically because you forget when you come into the house. You have four switches. Sorry you are only allowed three smart actions. I have nearly 100 devices. You’d think that after I have invested so much money that you could allow a few more of my devices to send requests across the network to automatically turn off. Mind you, when purchasing the devices and it talks about these smart actions, nothing has mentioned about this limitation.
Apart from that, the user interface screen could use an update. With nearly 100 devices, it takes a while to find the one you want. I could deal with having two or three buttons wide on my screen instead of one row per item. And it would be nice if when I am trying to toggle the circular on off button on the right side if it would not think I am trying to tap outside the button and take me into the device details instead.
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TP-LINK’s Kasa Smart Plug is excellent at what it does—allows you to control compatible devices from miles away via the app on your phone.
But as with most smart plugs, you may sometimes encounter difficulties connecting the plug to your home Wi-Fi for remote access. Sounds like you? Then you want to keep reading as I’ll walk you through the steps to resolve Wi-Fi connectivity issues with your Kasa Smart Plug. Let’s head right into it!
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Kasa Smart Plug Not Connecting to Wi-Fi: How to Troubleshoot
1. Check Whether Your Plug Has Received Power
Your plug needs to be turned on and ready to connect to a Wi-Fi network for the connection process to work. That is, if your Kasa Smart Plug hasn’t received power, the app can’t find the plug, let alone connect to your home Wi-Fi.
So the first thing to do if you’re having difficulties connecting your Smart Plug to Wi-Fi is to confirm that your device is plugged into a working outlet and has received power. More so, the Wi-Fi indicator light on your plug should be rapidly blinking to show it’s ready to connect to a Wi-Fi network. If it isn’t blinking rapidly, press and hold the Power button until it blinks rapidly (should take 5 seconds or so).
Now try to connect your device to Wi-Fi again to see if it works. Did it work? If yes, congratulations. But if not, continue to the next step.
2. Ensure Your Wi-Fi Network is Running a 2.4 GHz Band
TP-LINK Kasa Smart Plug doesn’t support a 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi network band. If your router is set to a 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi network, the connection will fail. So check what Wi-Fi band you’re trying to connect to and switch to the appropriate one—2.4 GHz.
You can switch your Wi-Fi band through your phone’s Wi-Fi settings or your router. Check your router’s user manual for detailed instructions if needed.
3. Ensure Your Wi-Fi Network Signal Strength is Strong
As you probably know, weak Wi-Fi signal strength may cause connectivity issues. However, I’m not sure if there’s a way to check your Wi-Fi signal strength in the app during setup; so you can try to improve Wi-Fi signal strength by putting your router closer to your Smart Plug.
If you can’t move your router from its current position because of other devices connected to it, consider getting a Wi-Fi extender to boost signal strength.
4. Check Your Router’s Connection Limit
There’s a limit to how many devices you can connect to your router at the same time. Depending on the router you’re using, check to see if you’ve reached the limit. If so, disconnect some devices and try to connect your plug again.
Also, ensure your Wi-Fi password is correct. As you can see during the setup, you’ll need to input your Wi-Fi password at some point to authorize the connection. So be sure your password is correct.
See the next step if you’re still unable to set up your plug/connect to Wi-Fi.
5. Restore Factory Default Settings on Your Kasa Smart Plug
This should help you fix Wi-Fi connectivity issues and other issues you’re having with your Kasa Plug. Yes, restoring default settings usually helps resolve such issues. So go ahead and reset the plug and start the setup process again.
To reset your Kasa Smart Plug, press and hold the Power button for a few seconds (5 seconds or so) until the indicator light blinks slowly and then rapidly. The rapid flashing shows the device is reset and now in setup mode.
Now start the setup process all over again. If you’re not sure how to set up your Kasa Smart Plug with the Kasa Smart App, go here for a step-by-step guide, including Alexa and Google Assistant setup.
You may also see how to set up and troubleshoot connection problems in Etekcity Smart Plug, Teckin, and Esicoo Smart Plugs.
How do I change the Wi-Fi on my Kasa Smart plug?
Changing the Wi-Fi on your Kasa Smart Plug requires you to reset the plug, then set it up again with the new Wi-Fi. Note that there’s no way to do this via the app, so press the power button for a few seconds until the LED indicator blinks rapidly. This will reset the plug, so you can now connect it to a new Wi-Fi network.
Kasa smart plug keeps disconnecting; what do I do?
Check and set your router to broadcast the Wi-Fi network on the 2.4 GHz band only. Note that the plug doesn’t support the 5 GHz band, so if the router switches by itself to this band, your plug may lose connection.
More so, ensure your Kasa Smart Plug is not positioned too far from the router. It may not receive sufficient Wi-Fi signals if located too far from the Wi-Fi router. You can upgrade your router or get a Wi-Fi extender to boost Wi-Fi signal strength.
If the issue persists, reset the plug and set it up again. This should resolve the ‘disconnection’ issue.
Does Kasa Smart Plug work with Alexa?
Yes. Kasa Smart Plug works with Alexa and Google Home. So you can set up the device with these voice assistant systems for hands-free control.
So that’s how to troubleshoot Wi-Fi connectivity problems with your TP-LINK Kasa Smart Plug. As mentioned, you may experience connection issues with your plug due to several reasons—so make sure to try all the troubleshooting steps to see which one fixes the problem.
If you’re also having “offline/device unreachable issues” — that is, the app can’t find your device, or it says your device is offline, the above troubleshooting steps can help you fix the issues.
So that’s it! Hope this post was helpful and you could resolve the problems you’re having with your TP-LINK Kasa Smart Plug.
TP-Link is one of the smartest brands out there that makes communication equipment. They are known all over the world for some pretty durable and affordable modems, routers, and other equipment such as Wi-Fi switches, connectors, and smart plugs out there that will make your life a whole lot easier and you are simply going to love having them around. There are also some smart plugs from Tp-Link that can help you with the right connectivity and convenience.
These smart plugs are connected to Wi-Fi and allow you to control your regular appliances with a single tap on your phone. These plugs go between the switch for an appliance and your power outlet, allowing you to control the flow of current over Wi-Fi. The best thing is that these can be connected to your smartphone application and you can control your appliances from any place in the world as long as you have the right internet connectivity. However, if you are facing any issues, like your plug is unable to connect with the Wi-Fi, here is what you will need to do.
How to Fix TP-Link Smart Plug Won’t Connect To Wi-Fi?
1. Check on Your Wi-Fi settings
The first thing that you will need to take care of, in case you are facing any such issue is to check on the Wi-Fi settings. Make sure that your Wi-Fi router is not on the 5Ghz band as that can affect your connectivity with the Tp-Link smart plugs. You will need to ensure that your Wi-Fi router is broadcasting over the 2.4Ghz band if you need to connect it with your smart plug. The smart plugs are designed for connectivity and working in long-range. Because these plugs don’t require much bandwidth, that is one of the main reasons that you will not be able to connect them on 5Ghz bandwidth.
You will also need to ensure that there are no VPN, or any firewalls active on your Wi-Fi router to ensure that these smart plugs can be connected over the Wi-Fi efficiently. Another thing that you need to make sure of is that your router must be allowing new connections and is not on MAC filtering or any other similar filter to efficiently connect your Smart Plugs to your Wi-Fi router. Once you have checked on all the settings above, just restart your router once to be sure and that will essentially solve the problem for you.
2. Check on Internet Connection
You will also not be able to connect your Smart Plug to the Wi-Fi if you don’t have the right internet coverage. Internet coverage plays a key role in activation and connectivity for your smart plug to the Wi-Fi. Make sure that your internet connection is working and that will help you easily connect your Smart Plug over the Wi-Fi network. If it still doesn’t work, you can try out a few more things such as:
3. Reset the plug
Resetting the plug is also important, as it can get stuck in some error loop due to various reasons and you will not be able to figure it out. So, you will need to take it off the power outlet and let it sit for 30 seconds. After that, plug in the smart plug again and long presses the setup button. This will reset your plug and you will be able to set it up over the Wi-Fi connection once again without having to deal with any issues at all.
4. Update the Application
Since there is no interface on the plug, your mobile app is the direct software that controls all the setups for your smart plug. If you are having difficulties in connecting your smart plug over the Wi-Fi network, you will need to update the mobile application and that will ensure flawless connectivity without any significant errors at all. Updating the application will also help you get all the latest features, bugs and error fixes, and more. It is recommended that you keep the auto-updates on at all times on your application and that will help you with not getting any issues.
5. Get a Tech’s Assistant
You cannot rule out the possibility that there might be something wrong with your plug and that is not something you can fix on your own. Get a certified technician’s assistance and they will be able to assist you with the perfect solution.
One of the easiest smart plugs to install, with a friendly app to match
Think of the smart plug as step one to building a smart home. These small products plug into an outlet and have one job: turning anything that attaches to it into a smart, connected device. They’re the training wheels to a smart life — and this includes the Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug by TP-Link, a $17 device that’s one of the more affordable and simple smart devices to use.
The Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug by TP-Link comes in two different designs. There’s a large, rounder design, and a slimmer designed smart plug. We tested the larger model.
Opening the box, you’ll find nothing but the actual Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug and a one-page instruction card. After plugging the smart plug into an available outlet, follow the instructions on the card save one step. The card tells you to download the Kasa for Mobile app. But what you really want is the Kasa Smart app.
The Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug by TP-Link has a green light that turns on to let you know it’s working GearBrain
Walking through the app, you’ll be asked if you want to get notifications, or give the app permission to know your location. This is one where you may want to say yes, as it opens up the possibility for more scenes and automations, including turning on lights plugged into the smart plug to turn on at sunrise and sunset.
Do remember what you’ve decided to call your Kasa smart plug, whether that’s “smart plug,” “room plug,” “Kasa,” or whatever name you’ve give it. You’ll need to know that when you set up the Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice assistants links. Also remember your password, as you’ll need that as well to link the voice assistants to the Kasa smart plug too.
Only after setting up the app, can you start adding your smart plug to the app. What’s nice about the Kasa app is everything has a picture. You’re not just choosing a device based on its name, but what it looks like. That’s extremely helpful as sometimes we think we have one product, and a brand has a different name.
We found the smart plug, and then connected to its Wi-Fi, allowing the device to then be found by our Wi-Fi as well. We then needed to download some firmware — just another way of saying there was a software update — which took a few minutes. We were ready to go.
How the smart plug worked
A smart plug allows you to control other devices that aren’t necessarily smart, in other words, able to connect to the internet and run through automations that you can control via an app or even your voice. The Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug from TP-Link supports both. This means you can schedule lights to come on at certain times of the day, or play music at a specific time, or even ask the light to turn on, once connected to Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant or Microsoft Cortana.
We plugged a lamp into our smart plug, one that is decidedly not smart, and through the Kasa app were able to set up a schedule for the light to come on every day at 4 pm. We created this through the Scenes tab and the Activity tab.
The Kasa for Mobile app is easy to use, making it simple to set up the Kasa smart plug GearBrain
You’ll start with the Scene tab, at the bottom of the app, which allows you to pick some specific options, like Good Morning, Exercise or even create your own custom scenes. Once you’ve selected these Scenes, you’ll pick a visual icon to associate with it, and then choose that option later in your Activity tab to activate them for your smart plug.
Once you’ve picked a few scenes to add to your smart plug, you can choose to schedule them picking them to run at a specific time on a specific day, or every weekday, for example. The Activity tab also keeps a running list of all the times something has happened through the smart plug.
While you can control everything through the app, you can also through the power switch that is on the plug itself. As long as it’s connected to the Wi-Fi, the Scene you’ve set up will take place that you’ve set up.
Smart home connections
You can connect the Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug from TP-Link through to smart assistants including Amazon’s Alexa and also Google Assistant and Microsoft Cortana. Linking them is very simple through each of the corresponding apps.
We were able to test the connections with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant and found they worked extremely well, after going through the steps to connect them. We did not test Microsoft Cortana.
But you can also integrate the Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug from TP-Link with Samsung SmartThings and IFTTT as well.
The Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug by TP-Link we tested is larger, but you can pick a smaller, slimmer design GearBrain
The Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug from TP-Link, the HS100 version, is $16.99, and the Kasa site sends you to Amazon to buy this.
The Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug is one of the best first smart devices you can buy. The company makes the process of adding the Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug very simple, whether that’s installing the app, the device itself, connecting a non-smart electrical product like a lamp or fan. Even more, you can use the smart plug through many of the major smart assistants including Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Microsoft Cortana.
For anyone who has some interest in what this smart home lifestyle can bring them, the Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug is the perfect first starter product — it’s affordable, it’s designed well and it just works. You really can’t ask for more than that.
- App is wonderfully designed with clear icons
- Can control by voice assistants including Alexa, Google Assistant and Microsoft Cortana
- A bit large in size
- Does not work with Apple HomeKit
- The HS100 style will only let you plug in one device
Kasa Smart Plug by TP-Link,Smart Home WiFi Outlet works with Alexa, Echo&Google Home, No Hub Required, Remote Control, 12 Amp, UL Certified, 2-Pack (HS103P2)
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This summer, I replaced every single power outlet in my house with a tamper-resistant one. You do things like that when you’ve got a curious two-year-old.
But I kind of wish I’d waited — because TP-Link is quietly making a smart outlet that could let me control my wall sockets with a tap on my phone. Or with Alexa / Google Assistant voice controls, which I personally prefer.
I’m talking about the TP-Link Kasa KP200 Smart Wi-Fi Power Outlet, which just passed through the FCC’s certification database this morning. It hasn’t yet been formally announced, so we’re not sure when (or even if) it’ll arrive or what it’ll cost, but the user manual shows that it’s a genuine one-gang, two-socket, three-prong power outlet you can control with a smartphone or your voice.
That’s right, it’s a real smart outlet — not one of those chunky smart bricks you stick into your existing dumb outlets, which are often called “smart outlets” even though they’re kind of not. (I own a few such smart plugs as well.)
While you won’t need a special hub to set it up — a regular Wi-Fi router will do — it’s not great for renters because you’ll need permission (and a modicum of safety) to install a new outlet.
That said, I’m a big fan of TP-Link’s smart home products, of which I now own quite a few (one dimmer, four switches, and three smart plugs. I’ve considered the Kasa smart power strip as well). They’re easy to set up, turn on immediately when I ask them to, and have handy local buttons for on / off if you need a physical control. That familiarity is probably why I’d pick it over this already-existing iDevices alternative.
Of course, those buttons also mean they won’t necessarily protect a curious two-year-old. Maybe I’ll wait for another version I can completely disable from my phone.
Correction, 3:33 PM PT: In an earlier version of this post, I confused the neutral line that’s often not present in a switch box with the neutral line that should always be present in outlet boxes, which is super embarrassing for me considering I installed a ton of outlets in my house recently. Long story short, you probably don’t need to worry about whether you’ll have enough wires in your outlet box.
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Control any device from anywhere in the world with this TP-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug. It gives you remote access to any device you plug into it, whenever you have an internet connection. It’s great for turning lamps on or off when you’re not at home or switching off your straighteners remotely.
Simply plug the TP-Link Smart Plug into any wall socket, connect your chosen device, and download the free Kasa smartphone app to control it.
Features and Benefits
- Scheduling – You can set schedules to turn electronics on or off at certain times, so your lamps are on ready for when you get home.
- Away mode – Off on holiday or working away from home? This mode turns devices on or off at different times to give the appearance that someone’s at home.
- Amazon Alexa & Google Home Compatible – Designed to work with Amazon Alexa, Echo, Dot and Google Assistant, you can control the devices using just your voice.
- Smart Actions – Enable device interconnections and home automation for your Kasa devices. There are three types of Actions that can be created: “Motion Sensing”, “Schedule a Scene” and “Auto-off Timer”.
- Wi-Fi enabled
- Free Kasa smartphone app (iOS and Andriod)
- Schedule timings
- Away mode
- Plugs into any standard UK socket
- Operates over wi-fi.
- Requires wireless router for use.
- Controls lighting.
- Controls heating.
- Controls appliances.
- Sets schedules for devices.
- Size: H14.4 x W8.8 x D9cm.
- Manufacturer’s guarantee: 2 years
- Protocol : IEE 802.11b/g/n
- Wireless Type : 2.4GHz, 1T1R
- System Requirements : Android 4.1 or higher, iOS 8 or higher
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Control any device from anywhere in the world with this TP-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug. It gives you remote access to any device you plug into it, whenever you have an internet connection. It’s great for turning lamps on or off when you’re not at home or switching off your straighteners remotely.
Simply plug the TP-Link Smart Plug into any wall socket, connect your chosen device, and download the free Kasa smartphone app to control it.
- In this article…
- 1. Verdict
- 2. Key features
- 3. Design and installation
- 4. Features
- 5. Performance
- 6. Should you buy the TP-Link Kasa KP105?
- 7. Specifications
The TP-Link Kasa KP105 Smart Wi-Fi Plug Slim is a small and effective smart plug, provided you don’t need geolocation. It’s a good choice, and great value, with support for Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and Samsung SmartThings. If you can live with more basic features, then TP-Link has alternatives available through its Tapo brand.
- Very small
- Doesn’t require a hub
- Good app
- No geolocation
- Review Price: £19.99
- Smart plug
- 1x power socket
- 515 x 725 x 375mm
- Google Home, Amazon Alexa support
The TP-Link Kasa KP105 Smart Wi-Fi Plug is a smart plug that can switch the mains power on and off to any device plugged into its socket. Physically, it seems almost identical to the TP-Link Tapo P100 Mini Smart Wi-Fi Socket, but the Kasa version is controlled using TP-Link’s Kasa app, and the P100 uses the Tapo app. While both the Kasa and Tapo apps are easy to use, Kasa includes slightly more features, which you have to pay more for.
Design and installation – Quick and easy to get working
The KP105 is one of the easier bits of smart equipment to install. It doesn’t need a starter kit with a proprietary internet hub – it just connects to your existing wireless network. To set it up, you plug it in and switch it on, then download the Kasa app on a phone or tablet. Once joined to the network, you choose a friendly name for the KP105, and select an icon or photo to represent it in the app.
Now you can plug in the device you want to control. Smart plugs are ideal for lamps and other appliances with mechanical on/off buttons, but they may not work brilliantly with more sophisticated electronics. The KP105 can handle a 13A current, but we’d be cautious about using any smart plug or timer to control unattended heaters and other high-power devices.
Thanks to its small size, this smart plug won’t obscure a second plug in a double socket, either.
Features – Lots in the app and great integrations
The Kasa app lets you operate the KP105 in several ways. From the Devices screen, you can simply tap the power icon to toggle the switch. Expand the KP105’s details in the app and you can configure a schedule to automatically toggle the power at sunset, sunrise, or at set times. There’s a timer to set up simple ‘off in 45 minutes’ style rules, and an away mode to cycle the power randomly while you’re out. There’s also a usage meter to show how long the socket has been on, but there’s no energy meter in this version – that arrives in the as-yet-unavailable KP115.
If you have several Kasa devices you can configure more powerful ‘scenes’, which prompt devices to change state together. As an example, a ‘Movie’ scene might dim smart bulbs and turn on the power to your AV amp, while a ‘Going out’ scene might turn everything off. Kasa’s most notable limitation, however, is that it doesn’t support geolocation – it won’t turn things off or on automatically as you leave or return home.
Kasa supports voice commands through Alexa or the Google Assistant, so you could turn the KP105 on by voice instead. Kasa also supports If That Then This (IfTTT), with which you can use one smart system to trigger another. It’s one of the few smart plugs to support Samsung SmartThings, too, which the TP-Link Tapo brand does not.
Performance – An improvement over its predecessor
The KP105 replaces the TP-Link Kasa HS100, and in most ways it’s an improvement. It’s significantly smaller, making it easier to accommodate, and less likely to obscure neighbouring sockets. It uses a little less power, too, although we still measured 1-2W with the output off, and 2-3W with it on.
We’re not sold on the placement of the manual power switch on the left-hand side – it’s too easy to accidentally turn the switch on just as you’re removing it from a plug socket. We also found the power indicator too dim to be clear even under normal room lighting. While it’s unobtrusive in a darkened bedroom, it’s hard to see anywhere else.
Should you buy the TP-Link Kasa KP105?
This is a compact, no-fuss smart plug, operated by a good app. With no need for a hub, it’s great value if you just want to add smart control to a simple device. While the power indicator could be better, the plug’s only real limitation is that the Kaso ecosystem lacks geolocation. Our guide to the best smart plugs has our recent recommendations, but it’s worth looking at the Tapo P100, which is the same size only cheaper with slightly fewer features.
This device plugs into a wall socket, connects to your home wireless network and can be controlled manually by pressing the On/Off button on its side.
Of course, manual control defeats the purpose of having a smart device so you can also remotely control it using the TP-Links Kasa for Mobile app (Android or iOS) or if you are also using Amazon’s Alexa service you can use the Kasa Skill to create that connection and have voice control through your Amazon Echo, Tap, or Dot.
Once you have the plug unboxed and plugged into an electrical outlet, by the way I have it plugged into a power strip and it works fine, you have to install the Kasa for Mobile app on your device to begin the setup process and get your plug connected to your home Wi-Fi network so that it can be accessed through the app or ultimately Alexa.
So here are the steps to getting it setup with the Kasa app:
- Download the Kasa for Mobile App (Android or iOS) and start the app up.
- You can skip creating a TP-Link Cloud Account however, that will mean you can only control the mini plug when you are connected to the same network. If you want to have remote control through the app or Alexa then you need this account. My recommendation is to go ahead and create that account now.
- Once you are in the app you need to add the plug to your device list.
- You will be asked what type of device you are adding; insure it is detecting your home wireless network; name the device; choose a custom icon; enter your Wi-Fi password/credentials
- The plug is now live on your local network and can be turned on and off using the app or, if you created a TP-Link Cloud account it can be turned off over the Internet or connected to services like Alexa.
- The Kasa app also allows the optional creation of scenes to control your devices however, this also requires that TP-Link Cloud account. Scenes are used with multiple connected devices to use default settings for lights, etc. and to activate them all at once through this scene option.
- The Kasa app also provides some details about runtime of your smart plug with daily, monthly averages plus total runtime.
Once you have your TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini setup in the Kasa app it is now time to activate the Kasa Skill for Alexa
- Using the Alexa app or through the web interface at Amazon, search for and find the Kasa Skill.
- Once you find it click/tap the Enable button and log in with your TP-Link Cloud Account credentials.
- Once the skill is active you will then search for connected devices so that the device and skill can be linked in Alexa.
- At this point you are ready to use your smart plug with Alexa voice control.
This gallery shows you the above screens and others to help you get familiar with the setup and activation process.
To use voice control with Alexa you just need to remember the name you gave your mini smart plug when you set it up in the Kasa App. For me I named it Podcast Studio Lights because that is the light it is controlling.
Voice commands I use to turn this plug and subsequently the light on and off are:
Computer turn on the Podcast Studio Lights or Computer turn off the Podcast Studio Lights.
I must admit – voice control of my lights is pretty nifty!
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Great video with easy to understand step by step instructions for setting up my TP-Link Kasa Smart Plug! Thanks very much!
Alex 1301 5 months ago
Thank you for your tutorial, amazing step by step instructions 🤗👌🏻
Anil Kinikar 2 years ago
Nice and informative video. Very clear instructions on how to setup. 👌
Biranchi Narayan Nayak 3 years ago
Thanks for the video tutorial. I liked it and i have tried the TP-Link Smart Pug and it worked out very well. This is much better and easier to configure than Sonoff switch. Again thanks for the good video.
Tiava Grant 10 months ago
This video was so helpful, I have been trying to set this up for days. Thank you.
Love and Data 1 years ago
Excellent video. I love that you show how to schedule sunrise/sunset.
Rob Law 1 years ago
Super helpful – thanks for posting!
Alfa Won 12 months ago
Thanks for your instructions. I tried to conect other brands to Alexa but it was impossible. Alexa seems to like TP Link and it connected ok.
The Bloody Buffy 2 months ago
Incredible video very informative just what I was looking for but wanted to ask you a question can you set up the apps on two different devices as I have two phones one android one iPhone would appreciate it if you could answer my question please! Have a blessed day
William P 2 years ago
Kieron ò Reilly 22 days ago
Thanks Caroline , this has just helped me connect 2 devices with my new smart plugs 🔌 (After 2 hrs of going crazy )
Karl 2 years ago
Well done, now i will buy more plugs❤️!
Junior4L 2 years ago
Thanks for helping me complete my experience with Alexa
Callum Davies 2 years ago
Wango Tango 2 years ago
Thanks. That dd the trick! TP Link should hire you cuz their site is useless as far as instruction/how-to vids. This video would help them sell a lot more products.
abby larkin 2 years ago
great help i’m obsessed!!
sue ann tooker 3 years ago
Hi there. love your videos. I’m trying to find out why my devices and lights double every day in my Alexa app. it drives me crazy. I delete one kitchen light and a few hours later. bam it’s back. When I say Alexa turn on kitchen she says you have more then one kitchen. I also have the Phillips skill enabled and the Phillips app. what are we doing wrong. please please help. Customer service has not been able to help us.
Diane Hurst 2 years ago
I had all my items set up but added a Tapo plug then four devices are unrecognizable. Can you help?
Fxhlt 2 years ago
I’ve been sitting down for 10 hours trying to get this