|At a Glance|
|Product||D-Link DSP-W215 mydlink Wi-Fi Smart Plug [Website]|
|Summary||Wi-Fi enabled power plug features remote control (on/off) of the power plug and monitoring of power consumption.|
|Pros||• Easy to setup (uses WPS)
• Sends in-app notifications for scheduled events
• Thermal overload protection
• Monitor/control energy usage
• Power switch on device lets you turn power on/off without using the app.
• 5 schedule profiles
|Cons||• Does not interface with IFTTT
• Sunrise/Sunset type schedules not included
• No option for randomizing on/off times around a trigger time
• No log files
• No Web UI or desktop apps - must use smartphone apps
Home automation seems to be the rage these days. I'll admit that for being a high tech guy, I haven't really dived into it. My first experience with HA was with the Belkin WeMo [reviewed]. It's fair to say that I wasn't impressed with it and ended up returning the product.
This review will focus on D-Link's newest entry into the HA market, the DSP-W215 WiFi Smart Plug. Like the WeMo, you control the smart plug remotely with either an iOS or an Android app. With similar power monitoring features as the WeMo and priced at $49.99, the D-Link plug competes directly with the $59.99 power monitoring version of the WeMo .
The D-Link Smart Plug is larger than the Belkin WeMo. Based on the positioning of the wall plug on the unit (shown below), you'll want to plug the Smart Plug into the top electrical outlet on your wall socket to avoid blocking both sockets.
D-Link DSP-W215 rear view
The image below, taken from the online user manual, shows an overview of the hardware and the LED indicators. On the side of the unit, you'll find the WPS/Reset button. The status indicator, (#3) shows your connectivity status. Solid green indicates that the device has successfully connected to your Wi-Fi network, and is what you want to see. The On/Off button lets you turn the power to the socket on/off without using a smartphone app.
D-Link DSP-W215 hardware overview and callouts
In order to set up and use the D-Link Smart Plug, you must have the following:
- A Wi-Fi network that's connected to the internet
- An Android or iOS device
- A "MyDlink" account. If you don't already have one, you can set up an account for free at www.mydlink.com.
- The Smart Plug app downloaded from Google Play or the Apple App store.
For setup, you need to enable Wi-Fi on your smartphone and connect it to the same network that the Smart Plug will be using. The entire setup process is performed through a wizard that launches the first time that you run the Smart Plug app on your smartphone. You merely plug in the Smart Plug device to a power outlet and run the Smart Plug app on your smartphone.
The most difficult step, and it's an easy one, is connecting the device to your wireless network. You merely push the WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) button on your router, and the WPS button on the side of the Smart Plug. The status light should change from blinking orange (not connected) to blinking green (WPS connection being established) to solid green in less than two minutes. Typically, a WPS negotiation should be around 30 seconds.
If your router doesn't support WPS, and virtually all modern routers do, you also have the option of performing a manual network setup using information provided on a printed card that's included with the product. During the setup process, you name your device (eg, Lamp), and provide login credentials to your MyDlink account.
A couple of notes about the smartphone apps:
- The iOS app is an iPhone app, so if you're using it on an iPad, you'll need to orient the iPad vertically.
- The permissions requested by the Android app seemed excessive for the features of the app. Why would an application that communicates with a Smart Plug need access to the Camera/Microphone?