At GearBrain, we have tested several types of smart plugs which can work indoors and outside. One of the biggest issues we have with smart plugs is the connectivity, especially outdoor plugs. They are far from the router and sometimes the walls block the wireless connection. Today, TP-Link, a leading global provider of networking and smart home products, his helping to solve this problem with two new outdoor smart plugs, the Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Outdoor Plug-In Dimmer (KP405) and Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Outdoor Plug (KP401). Both smart outdoor plugs offer a re-energized set of outdoor smart home solutions that provide users with the control and connectivity you need for the perfect outdoor lighting and living experience.
"We are excited to introduce our latest outdoor smart home innovations to easily control outdoor appliances and lighting," said Jeff Barney, COO of TP-Link USA. "Our amazing outdoor plugs offer a long Wi-Fi range allowing users to easily stay connected all while being controlled with simple voice commands or with the Kasa Smart app."
Users can say goodbye to dead spots in their backyard with the Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Outdoor Plug-In Dimmer (KP405). It connects directly with existing 2.4 GHz in-home wireless network, no additional hub or device required to bring Wi-Fi outdoors up to 300 ft. It has an IP64 rating and features a weather-resistant cover that ensures protection against dust intrusion and splashes of water. With the KP405, users can adjust the brightness of their connected outdoor lights to set the perfect ambiance and control schedules from sunrise to sunset to automatically save energy.
Equipped with an Away Mode, users can have a peace of mind as they head out for a vacation, by programming the KP405 to automatically turn their connected devices on and off, like lights, to discourage potential intruders. The KP405 is easy to use and can be controlled from anywhere via the Kasa Smart app. Additionally, the KP405 responds to simple voice commands from Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.
The Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Outdoor Plug (single port) (KP401) connects to existing Wi-Fi up to 300 ft with a built-in power amplifier, so users can continue to enjoy their favorite smart home devices outdoors. It has an IP64 rating to ensure protection against rain and dust. With the KP401, users can easily turn the outlet on and off, set schedules and control the smart plug from anywhere using the Kasa Smart app.
Using a simple voice command, Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant users can control their outdoor lights to turn on or off from the comfort of their couch. Additionally, the KP401's Away Mode programs plugged-in devices on and off automatically, so users never have to worry about leaving their home unoccupied.
For users in need of additional outlets, this refreshed pair of outdoor smart plugs joins the Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Outdoor Plug (dual port) (EP40), featuring two AC outlets that can work together or be controlled independently with a 15A/1875W max for each. The EP40 mirrors all the same great functionality of the TP-Link outdoor smart plug lineup with long Wi-Fi range of up to 300 ft, hands-free voice control, IP64 weatherproofing to be protected against the elements and more.
As you organize your fall and holiday outdoor decorations now is the time to get a smart outdoor plug. These smart devices are great for making sure your lights go on and off at the right time with automations or just a simple voice command from Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant enabled devices. Now, thanks to TP-Link, these smart outdoor devices bring extended Wi-Fi capabilities to allow you to put your decorations in locations you always wanted to but couldn't because there was no connectivity.