The app works a lot better than it used to. If you are looking to integrate it with an already established smart home system, interaction with the app will be minimal. All that to say, I would recommend these plugs if you are looking for some.
I own 6 of these plugs currently and they integrate with my Google home very nicely. I have 3 of the kind being sold here and 3 of the newer version with the smaller form factor. The only critique I have is they tend to require some hand holding when there is a firmware update. And by that I mean you might have to reconnect them. Outside of that, I am extremely happy with these plugs, they behave exactly as advertised.
I have some of these and just bought some more. I use them:
-to turn the Christmas tree on and off (when it’s time to get one).
-to remotely turn my 3d printer off when it decides to fail (I have a meh-bought camera set up to remotely monitor it).
I bought this delightfully lower tech option from Meh that came with a battery operated remote and I love it. Wish I could have bought more like them. I never worry about something no longer operating if the Wi-Fi goes out. Sometimes less tech is better.
@mehgrl i bought those too and every one of them broke. the ones you see here (or similar) have that manual button and some come with a remote, higher quality lower profile build, i would recommend over what you have linked (for new adopters anyway)
@bjango This is what I’m trying to figure out, you can get a 2 pack of those for $12.69 and they’ll be here tomorrow, but if these are more reliable, I’d rather get them. Looks like they were on top of Tom’s Guide’s previous review, but the Kasa ones are more compact.
@bjango@boardsandcords I have a dozen EP10 so far. They’ve been way more reliable (as far as staying connected) for me than Wemo was. I’ve been using one with a space heater for about a month with no problems. One drawback to Kasa is the app only allows 3 automations (schedules, timers, etc.) to be enabled at a time. But you can use Alexa or Google to do the same thing.
@Davorama Thanks. That sounds cool, but I don’t want to even use the app to add them to my network. I know how to block them from talking to the cloud after I assign their ip addresses using the app, but I don’t want them to ever touch the cloud.
I will put one of these on the garage door opener for an extra layer of security against rolling code hackers (also a good idea if you park outside and have an opener in your car, or Homelink enabled).
Wife will want the 2nd one on her warming blanket so she doesn’t have to worry about turning it off before she falls asleep.
Will use the 3rd on our landscape lighting to sync with sunset and sunrise times.
i have a few wall switches, and had a few of these outlet plugs. theyve had quite a few outages over the years. one lasting the entire weekend. after that i switched Kasa mainly. i still have the wemo wall switches because im lazy.
Another ex-Wemo user here. Had about 8 of the plugs and a couple of switches. On any given day, one or two would be randomly “unavailable”. Wemo also hasn’t expanded their product line the way others have. No in-wall outlets, plug strips, etc. Switched to Kasa, but side-eying all the Feit brand smart things at Costco.
I’m gonna be out of town for part of Advent/Christmas this year, and I’ve been meaning to hook up my lights (including an antique parol) to a timer for when I’m out. And I’m too lazy to go to the hardware store and pick up some of those old school dial ones - and hey, maybe I can slightly randomize the start/end times for verisimilitude. …
Too bad these don’t have energy monitoring, or do they through the app? Even though these types of plugs aren’t totally accurate in their monitoring, its nice to have some energy usage data to go off of.
I’m trying to avoid having a thousand different apps for smart homing so I’ve avoided branching out into other brands since I’ve been mostly satisfied with my Wemos.
I only very occasionally have actual issues with Wemo. Although, right now, Alexa and Google both say that my smart plugs aren’t connected, but they still work, sooo, actually don’t care as long as I can say “turn on the bedroom fan” and the fan comes on (routines are still working too)