Effortless Control and Connectivity: A Review of Kasa Smart Plug HS103P4 – The Ultimate Home Automation Solution

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    • Compatible with Alexa and Google Home Assistant for voice control
    • Control smart home devices from anywhere with smartphone using the Kasa app
    • Set timer or countdown schedules for automatic on/off of appliances
    • Easy setup with 2.4GHz Wi-Fi connection
    • Trusted and reliable brand with UL certification
    • Manufacturer: TP-Link
    • Item Weight: 4 ounces
    • Product Dimensions: 1.57 x 1.5 x 2.62 inches
    Last updated on June 19, 2024 9:56 am Details
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    Review of Kasa Smart Plug HS103P4

    Pros:

    • Easy setup and use
    • Works with Alexa, Echo, Google Home, and IFTTT
    • No hub required
    • Remote control from anywhere
    • Scheduling feature for automation
    • Trusted and reliable
    • UL certified for safety

    Cons:

    • App can be clunky and lacks instructions
    • May receive “renewed” products that have already been connected to a different network
    • Limitations on heavy-duty devices

    The Kasa Smart Plug HS103P4 is a versatile and reliable smart home device that offers seamless integration with voice assistants like Alexa and Google Home. With no need for a hub, the setup process is quick and easy. I found the app to be user-friendly, allowing for convenient control of electronic appliances from anywhere using my smartphone.

    The scheduling feature is a convenient addition, allowing for automatic on and off cycles for devices such as lamps, fans, and even holiday lights. The UL certification provides peace of mind, ensuring that the smart plug meets the highest safety standards.

    However, I did encounter a few drawbacks. The app could be improved in terms of usability and instructions. In addition, there were instances where “renewed” products were sent, causing compatibility issues. It’s also worth noting that heavy-duty devices may not be suitable for use with this plug.

    Overall, the Kasa Smart Plug HS103P4 is a reliable and efficient addition to any smart home setup. The convenience and control it offers make it a valuable investment, especially for those looking to automate their home electronics without the need for a hub.

    Additional information

    Manufacturer

    ‎TP-Link

    Part Number

    ‎HS103P4

    Item Weight

    ‎4 ounces

    Product Dimensions

    ‎1.57 x 1.5 x 2.62 inches

    Country of Origin

    ‎Vietnam

    Item model number

    ‎HS103P4

    Size

    ‎4 Count (Pack of 1)

    Color

    ‎Indoor Plug 4-Pack

    Style

    ‎Mini 4-Pack

    Pattern

    ‎WiFi Outlet

    Power Source

    ‎Corded Electric

    Item Package Quantity

    ‎1

    Number Of Pieces

    ‎4

    Measurement Accuracy

    ‎0.1

    Mounting Type

    ‎Plug-In Mount

    Plug Format

    ‎Type B

    Included Components

    ‎HS103 Smart Wi-Fi Plug Lite (4)

    Batteries Included

    ‎No

    Batteries Required

    ‎No

    Warranty Description

    ‎2 year manufacturer

    8 thoughts on “Effortless Control and Connectivity: A Review of Kasa Smart Plug HS103P4 – The Ultimate Home Automation Solution

    1. An excellent product. We are using them in our warehouse and showroom so that I can turn the lights off all over the building without having to run up and down stairs. Very easy to install. User friendly.

    2. Needed a way to remotely dim my Christmas lights so the tree wasn’t the brightest thing in the room. The smart dimmer setup took about 4 minutes and is already recognized on my Alexa as well. Kasa makes a great product.

    3. I have multiple wall switches, outdoor plugs and indoor plugs in the Kasa line. The key to me is the ap….very flexible!

      I’ve tried a couple other brand names and they were a pain in the ….well you know. The Kasa ap allow you to program each switch (the water resistant outdoor plug has two individually programmable outlets) for multiple on/off sequences. We have one wall switch that automatically turns on our plant lights 30 minutes after sunset and off at 10pm — no need to change the setting as the days get shorter or for the the menace that is daylight savings time.

      We have an outlet that controls the pump on our outdoor waterfall. It has two programmable outlets that get used for lights in the winter. All of the outdoor Halloween and Christmas lights can be set to come on 30 minutes before sunrise and off at 8, and then back on 30 minutes after sunset and off at 10. Our motion detector security lights are on 30 minutes after sunset and off at sunrise.
      So far power glitches have not messed up the timing — that was a real issue with some other brands.

      One can also create a “group” of outlets and switches to all be turned on or off manually— and that is my only gripe….I wish I could group all the Christmas light and then program the group rather than each plug individually.

      You are supposed to be able to remotely check the status of each outlet and control it with the ap….I have not needed to even try that.

      in all ….pretty easy to use, well designed and, so far, bomb proof.

    4. When the replacement order (see original review below) arrived and didn’t work I did some internet sleuthing and found out how to do a factory reset on these plugs (hold down button for ~10 seconds & you year a loud click), after which they all worked. I’m guessing that I was sent “renewed” products that had already been connected to a different network.

      The app itself is a little clunky in that once you get a few steps into programing a device, there’s no way to back out without finishing the task, then you have to go back and edit it again. In one case, the app hung during a device firmware update. The only way to end it was to restart my phone. Because of the app and the lack of included instructions (everything is in the app), I’m knocking off 1 star. These plugs worked well enough that I’m going to keep both sets. I can’t find a way to tell Amazon to charge me right away, but they’ll do that automatically in a couple months if they don’t get my return.

      ORIGINAL REVIEW BELOW:
      Of the 4 plugs in the box, only one of them could be detected by the app even when plugged in less than 4 ft. from my WiFi router. Since one that worked could be configured OK in a room 25 ft away from the router, and I have Kasa smart bulb that works, I know it’s nothing to do with my system. I chose to return them for replacement. I’ll update this review after trying the replacements, but as it stands, I won’t be purchasing any more Kasa products. If the new ones don’t work I’ll ask for a refund.

    5. The Kasa Smart Plug HS103P4 is an absolute game-changer for anyone looking to transform their home into a smart, efficient, and connected oasis. This 4-pack of smart plugs is nothing short of spectacular, and it’s easy to see why it has garnered so much praise in the world of home automation.

      First and foremost, the setup is a breeze. No need for a complicated hub or intricate instructions. In mere minutes, I had all four plugs up and running, ready to be controlled from my smartphone or through voice commands via Alexa, Echo, or Google Home.

      The convenience and control this product offers are truly outstanding. With these smart plugs, you can remotely turn your devices on or off from anywhere. Imagine having the power to switch off that forgotten curling iron or lamp while you’re miles away from home. It’s not just about saving energy; it’s about peace of mind and safety.

      Speaking of safety, these plugs are UL Certified, giving you the assurance that they meet the highest standards for quality and reliability. You can trust that your devices are in safe hands when connected to Kasa Smart Plugs.

      The 15-amp capacity ensures that it can handle power-hungry devices, making it versatile for a wide range of applications. Want to schedule your coffee maker to start brewing when you wake up? Or perhaps set your lights to come on at sunset for that perfect ambiance? Kasa Smart Plugs make it effortless.

      But what truly sets the Kasa Smart Plug apart is its compatibility with IFTTT (If This Then That). This opens up a world of possibilities for automation and customization. You can create applets to trigger actions based on various conditions, making your smart home even smarter.

      The sleek white design ensures that it blends seamlessly with any home decor, making it unobtrusive and discreet. You’ll hardly notice it’s there until you experience the convenience it brings.

      In summary, the Kasa Smart Plug HS103P4 is a spectacular addition to any smart home. It’s easy to set up, offers incredible control and convenience, prioritizes safety, and boasts compatibility with IFTTT for endless customization. With this 4-pack, you’ll have the power to make your home smarter and more efficient than ever before. It’s a must-have for anyone looking to embrace the future of home automation.

    6. Great idea, good price, but some flaws when using it with google home.

      These smart plugs are very convenient and are quite seamlessly integrated with google smart home. You can control via the home app or by voice, and you almost never have to use the KASA app after you do the initial install.

      We’ve used them for turning on/off lights on a daily schedule. Things with little draw are perfect for use on these rated plugs. I believe they can do 10amp?

      If you’re controlling something like LED bulbs or a watering system, or a fan, then you’re good! I wouldn’t recommend running a heater, or a heavier duty pump on such a device.

      Here’s my main grip:

      I installed my stick vacuum’s hanging dock/charging station with one of these smart plugs attached so i could manage when it starts a charge cycle. Let me explain: dyson vacuums have a power boost setting that discharges the battery very quickly and heats up the motor/battery assembly while using this setting. It’s not recommended that you put the vacuum on charge directly after using is on boost- it’s suggested that you wait 5-10 minutes for it to cool down before charging it. But if you’ve ever used a stick vac, you’ll know that they can’t stand on their own, nor should you leave them leaning against a wall. So the most reasonable place to put it is back on its charging dock- but then it starts charging automatically!

      Anyway, with a smart plug, i was anticipating having the dock be unpowered when i place the vacuum in its cradle, and then give a command “google, turn the docking station on in 10 minutes”. This way i can set the vacuum down, have it plugged into the charging station, and then allow it to cool down until the 10 minutes are up, and then start charging.

      Google wont allow a these plugs to be turned on using a countdown timer. I don’t know why they allow scehdules to control the on/off but not a timer? I’m also not sure if this is an issue with only this type or brand of plug. But it greatly limits my usability of it.

      I’m going to continue using them, but i think the software designer should work on a fix for this!

    7. I used it for Home Assistant, and it can be added without the use of Kasa app, which is great.

      I measured the power consumption of the plug itself using a metre, and in standby mode (without any downstream electronics plugged), the metre is showing 1.6W.

      This is not too bad, compared to most zigbee plugs probably in the <1W range.

      In Canada, 1 watt for 24/7 all year round translates to about $1 of electricity cost.

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