What is a smart plug and how does it work?

What is a smart plug and how does it work?

The concept of smart home is no longer a science fiction prediction but a reality for many property owners around the world, including here in the UK.
An increasing number of labour-saving and experience-enhancing solutions are now being deployed in residences across the country, from home heating and lighting options to media and security systems.
However, many smart home users are still employing wired devices as part of their everyday, lifestyle like coffee makers or portable air conditioners. With a smart plug, users can enjoy using these standard items while accessing smart technology features.

Convenient and easy to use

A smart plug acts as a receiver for a signal sent remotely over Wi-Fi. When a wired device is connected to the smart plug, homeowners can then switch it off from anywhere in the home instead of needing to flip a switch manually. Using a smart plug app on their phone or tablet, they can schedule the operation of a device and with some products, via voice assistants like Amazon’s Alexa or options like Apple HomeKit.

What types of smart plug are available?

Many different brands produce smart plugs with a wide range of features. Weather resistance for outdoor use and energy monitoring are offered, and some include different ports for USB compatibility.

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