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Meross’ Take on the Smart Home Gives You Many Choices

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The Smart Home

There’s a lot made about the “smart” home, but what is it really. Is it about having technology built into the home that automates procedures and processes that otherwise people would have to do themselves — for example, turning on a light or having that light turn itself on at a specific time? Of course having a home already equipped means that those who did the equipping decide how and what is going to be found in the home. And besides totally not taking into account the desires of those in such a home, it also ignores the multitude of homes that already exist and so can’t be equipped “behind the scene” as it were. So the solution is to provide people with choice as to what devices they want to have in their home, and to have those devices be easy to install and use — no tearing up walls or having to go beyond the simple DIY (do it yourself) that most homeowners can do. A good example of this comes from Meross, who makes a number of devices that can go into an existing home and turn it “smart.” Specifically the Smart WiFi Mini Plug, the Smart Power Strip, the Outdoor Smart Plug and the Smart WiFi Wall Swtich. All being used with WiFi and compatible with Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant and SmartThings.

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Meross Smart WiFi Plug Mini

Your basic extension plug consists of a grounded set of prongs that go into an electrical outlet and result in one plugging something into its own grounded socket. In the case of the Mini, however, there’s technology inside for WiFi connectivity for controlling the flow of electricity to that which is plugged into it. Setup is fairly quick — using the Meross app/Apple Home app for HomeKit (but working also with Google Assistant, Alexa and SmartThings), through the app activating the WiFi connection. You can then remotely control the Mini, create a schedule for it going on/off and having voice control. The Mini, by the way, comes in a 2 or 4 packs, with each of the sockets being independent as to being controlled.

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Meross Smart Power Strip

The Smart Power Strip provides at its most basic what any extension should — being multiple sets of sockets (in this case 4) along with a long cord. Adding to the value here is surge protection and 4 USB slots. Of course there’s also the Meross WiFi connection for controlling the outlets separately, with results similar to other products in that you can turn a socket on/off remotely, create a schedule, etc. A wall bracket is also included and that is a nice touch.

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Meross Outdoor Smart Plug

The Name is a bit chunky, which makes sense since it needs to be well made so that the wiring can be protected against the elements — water resistance being the most important of course. The Name has two sockets, with each being independent of the other. Covered when not in use by a plastic/rubber plug that closes the socket well. Once the Name has power, the process to set it up with the WiFi network can be done in a number of ways: there is a QR code to work from, along with an manual process if necessary — all requires the WiFi network being 2.4GHz which has a long reach as to its radio waves. To do this, there is the Meross app (use for iOS/Android phones), with iOS users able to work with the HOME app as well. ONce the NAME’s light goes green to indicate a good connection with the wireless network, it becomes possible to work with the two sockets as to controlling them manually or using a voice assistant (through the phone) or setting a schedule.

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Meross Smart WiFi Wall Switch - Single Pole

The Smart WiFi Wall Switch is the one exception to the easy use — requiring DIY but also electrical knowledge and so should not be done by someone who does not possess this skill and experience. It is a single pole switch, requiring a neutral wire and so the technical requirements make it not something “just to do” without careful thought and planning. For those who can have this installed, it replaces a single switch and does what that single switch does — turning a light on or off — no dimming capabilities whatsoever. But now it adds WiFi capabilities similar to those of the other Meross products — meaning the app can initiate things like having it turn on or off or go into a scheduling mode. The process for the app is similar to other products but obviously the physical installation of the switch itself takes time and some effort. Again it should be done by someone experienced with electricity and not the casual person. FYI - it requires there be a neutral wire.

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