There are smart plugs, and then there are smart-er plugs which generally offer additional features that enrich the experience beyond just remote access. That’s an incredibly important distinction to make these days as the term “smart” is being applied to pretty much everything and in such a broad manner.
If a device has internet or mobile connectivity then it’s often considered to be smart. But as convenient as remote controls are, they don’t exactly constitute “smart” operation. Turning an outlet on and off with your phone is great, don’t get me wrong here, but it’s definitely nothing game-changing.
But if those outlets were equipped with voice-assistant support and scheduling opportunities through services like IFTTT, well then, now we’re talking!
That’s where the Gosund Mini WiFi Outlets come in the picture. Or rather, where they fit into an empty socket. Not only do they offer the conventional smart features and support — like mobile connectivity — but they also come with support for voice assistants such as Alexa and Google Assistant.
There are a ton of smart plugs out there, so what is it that makes the Gosund plugs so interesting? For starters, they come bundled in a four pack which is not all that common. Most of the name brand smart outlets include either one or two units and that’s it. If you really want to turn most of your house into a smart space, it’s going to take a lot of purchases and a lot of dough to get there!
Of course, Gosund’s plugs also work with voice assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant. You can even sync up their operation with the IFTTT service which means automatic scheduling and recipe-based actions. Imagine telling your lights to turn on at a certain time each evening, or automatically powering down your appliances when you leave home?
Installation is super simple too, as expected. Just plug them into the outlet you want to automate and then connect whatever device or appliance you want access to. Everything from coffee makers and TVs to small electronics can be connected to the outlets.
Want to know the best part? They don’t require anything else to use, you can simply plug-and-play! If you want to access the remote and smart features you can always download the companion app, but it works great with the additional services too and no hub is required.