A couple of weeks ago, I purchased a Wifi Smart Socket (FK170701) to confirm that the product works with Alexa (Amazon Echo) and provides easy, reliable, secure remote control of plugged-in devices.
If you use consumer Wi-Fi (IP) webcams (Foscam, etc.), then you may be familiar with this product’s technology and potential concerns about security and privacy. A webcam contains a microprocessor which can be programmed (with network data, operational settings and user options) and controls a camera which may be monitored using an app. A Wifi Smart Plug contains a microprocessor which can be programmed and controls a power switch which may be monitored using an app. Both local (LAN) and remote (Internet WAN) control are possible in each case.
After confirming that the Plug indeed works as advertised, I was more curious about how and where operational data (supplied via the app) is stored and secured. That is, I’m not sure if all operational data is stored on-board the Plugin non-volatile memory in case of extended power outages and to secure such data locally. If remote control is used, what’s stored in TP-LINK’s Cloud server?
How to connect my TP-LINK Smart Plug to my home network via Kasa?
How to make my TP-LINK Smart Plug work with Amazon Echo?
1. Download and install the Brightfun App for either iOS or Android devices. It is available on the App Store or you can get it on Google Play.
2. Open Brightfun. If you want to use the Smart Plug with Alexa (Remote Control), setup a TP-LINK (Cloud / P2P registry server) account; and, after receiving an email activation message, log in; otherwise, you may Skip setting up an account for just local control.
3. With your mobile Phone on a local 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi connection, open Brightfun and then:
(a) Plug Smart Plug into an AC outlet;
(b) Add Device > SMART PLUG and follow the instructions;
(c) which says to go to your iPhone’s Wi-Fi settings and connect to the Smart Plug’s Wi-Fi network and then return to Brightfun ;
(d) customize your Plug — with a unique name, etc;
(e) connect the Plug to your local Wi-Fi (with or without Remote Control, but Alexa requires Remote Control enabled).
To use a Smart Plug with Alexa:
A. On your mobile Phone in the Alexa app settings (via “hamburger” icon), tap on Smart Home and then the TP-LINK Brightfun item and log in with your TP-LINK (Cloud) account name and password.
B. Scroll down Smart Home and near the bottom tap Discover devices (search your Wi-Fi LAN) to add your named Smart Plug, which will then be listed.
C. With Alexa, say “Turn on / off (name of plug).”
You can take it to anywhere that you want, so you can use it at home or your office, you don’t need to consider it’s weight. Also, this outlet work with more small home appliances including Amazon Alexa, enjoy high-quality life!
Wifi Soctet Feature:
- Remote control -anywhere and anytime.
- With the function of feedback, the user can check the power states of devices in the software.
- Timing function.
- Appointment function.
- Sharing device control to others.
- The app can support 150pcs of smart socket.
- Can be applicated to be fans, lights, water heaters, fountain, RC model battery charger, Fish tank etc.
- Input voltage:AC 100-240V 50/60HZ
- Max rating:10A
- Output voltage:AC 100-240V 50/60HZ
- USB charger:DC 5V 2.1A
- Wifi standard: IEEE801.11b/g
- Operation frequency:ISM BAND,2.412-2.484GHZ(Depends on country region)
- Security:Mac encryption; WEP/WAPI/TKIP/AES
- Static Power:<0.8W
- Working Environment: 1)Temperature:-20 to 70℃ 2)Humidity:10%-95%