REVIEW – If you live in an older home that doesn’t have a bunch of smart home features built into it, you can find all sorts of products that will help you update your home to be smarter. One way to do it on the cheap is to add smart adapters to your existing wall outlets. Today I’m going to show you the Gosund Mini Smart Plug. Let’s take a look.
What is it?
The Gosund Mini Smart Plug is a small 3-prong adapter that goes between the wall outlet and the device’s power cord. Once connected and configured, you have full control of the outlet when you are home or even when you’re not.
What’s in the box?
- Gosund smart power socket
Design and features
The Gosund smart plug has a white plastic housing with a power button on the side that has a built-in LED that shows the status of the adapter. When it’s red, it’s powered on and when it’s off, it’s powered off. 🙂
The smart plug is small enough that it will not block the other outlet.
What can it control?
The Gosund plug works great with lamps, a crock pot, fans, Christmas lights, and other small devices. It is not suitable for the appliances whose power is more than 1100 watts (eg: air conditioner, microwave oven, induction cooker etc.).
The Go Smart app
To use the smart plug, you have to have a 2.5GHz wireless network and you need to set up each smart plug using the Go Smart app on your iOS or Android device.
The pairing/setup process is quick and easy. Once completed, you will see a listing of adapters and their status. From this home screen, you can tap the power button to toggle the status of the adapter.
You can also go into the settings of each adapter to set up timers and schedules for the Gosund adapters to automatically turn on and off.
If you want to get even more complex, you can set up scenes of multiple Gosund adapters. For example, if you have 3 adapters in your kitchen, you can make a kitchen scene and assign an automation to it to trigger based on a condition like weather or time.
In addition to setting up triggers, you can also control the Mini Smart Plug with your voice using Alexa or Google Assistant.
I tested the smart plugs with a lamp and it worked perfectly.
What I like
- Does not require a hub
- Easy to set up
- App allows for a variety of automation
What needs to be improved
- Only works on 2.4GHz wireless network
- WiFi has to be active for triggers to work
The Gosund Mini Smart Plug is an easy way to get started making your home smarter. Configuring the plugs takes only a few minutes and the app is straight forward and easy to understand. Although this is a basic device, it does offer advanced features such as compatibility with voice control and automation triggers. If you haven’t wanted to spend a lot of money on a system that requires a hub and complicated setup, these smart plugs are an easy way to get started.