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    Innr Smart Plug review: A cheaper way for Philips Hue users to take control of their “dumb” lights

    Philips Hue customers in search of an affordable method so as to add their “dumb” lights to their Hue setups ought to give the Innr Smart PlugRemove non-product link a severe look. This sturdy, Zigbee-enabled sensible plug works with the Philips Hue bridgeRemove non-product link and connects seamlessly to the Hue app, and it ought to work with the Samsung SmartThings hubRemove non-product link as effectively. Setup was a breeze and at $35 for a two-pack, the Innr Smart Plug is much cheaper than the brand new and Bluetooth-enabled Philips Hue Smart plugRemove non-product link. Unlike the Hue sensible plug, nevertheless, the Innr Smart Plug does require a appropriate Zigbee bridge, making it a dear selection for many who have but to spend money on a wise mild hub.

    While there are scads of low-cost Wi-Fi sensible plugs on the market on Amazon, the pickings are significantly extra slim when you’re in search of a Zigbee-compatible mannequin that works reliably with the Hue Bridge or a SmartIssues hub. I managed to seek out a number of claiming that they’re Hue and/or SmartIssues appropriate, comparable to this smart plug from a company called 3A-1Remove non-product link (which sells for about $20), or the $18.32 Sylvania Smart+ Smart PlugRemove non-product link, which is appropriate with SmartIssues and Wink hubs however not the Hue Bridge. Speaking of SmartIssues, the Samsung SmartThings Wifi SmartPlugRemove non-product link (at present $16.90 on Amazon) is appropriate with the SmartIssues hubRemove non-product link whereas not requiring one, however it gained’t work with the Hue Bridge.

    Meanwhile, Signify, the corporate that owns the Philips Hue model, has simply bowed its personal sensible plug. The aptly named Philips Hue Smart plugRemove non-product link can hook up with iPhones and Android telephones immediately through Bluetooth, a plus for many who don’t have (or need) a $50 Hue Bridge. At $40, the Hue Smart plug is costly, significantly for many who already personal the Hue Bridge; as compared, a single Innr Smart PlugRemove non-product link sells for $20 on Amazon, whereas a two-pack goes for $35, which makes for an attractive worth when you’re purchasing for a number of sensible plugs.

    Of course, you might simply skip the entire situation of Hue, SmartIssues, or Wink compatibility and go together with an affordable sensible plug that works through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, and certainly, doing so could be the most suitable choice for many who haven’t invested in a wise hub but. Click here for reviews of our favorite smart plugs, together with each people who require hubs and others that don’t.

    Of course, there’s nothing stopping Philips Hue and SmartIssues customers from getting an affordable, no-hub Wi-Fi- or Bluetooth-enabled sensible plug, however doing so means you’ll want to fireplace up a separate app to regulate it.

    Setup

    I examined the Innr Smart Plug utilizing a Hue bridge in addition to with a TP-Link Deco M9 Plus mesh router that doubles as a Zigbee hub. Innr claims its sensible plug additionally works with the Samsung SmartIssues hub, however I didn’t check its SmartIssues compatibility since I don’t have a SmartIssues hub in my home.

    The first step is to insert the sensible plug right into a wall outlet, then plug your “dumb” lamp into the sensible plug’s socket. (You may additionally plug a special kind of equipment into the sensible plug, however try to be conscious of the plug’s most 10-amp ranking).

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    The Innr Smart Plug gained’t block an AC outlet that’s beneath it, however it would possibly partially block the grounding socket of an outlet that’s above.

    In my case, I inserted the Innr Smart Plug into the highest socket of a vertically oriented two-socket wall AC outlet. The three prongs on the again of the plug are sitting close to the underside of the plug’s housing, which suggests the plug offers a large berth to a socket that’s beneath it. When I inserted the sensible plug into the underside socket, nevertheless, it partially blocked the outlet for the grounding prong within the socket above.

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