Dealing with devices plugged into outdoor outlets can be challenging, and we don't know of any in-wall smart receptacles rated for the job. Their internal electronics just can't tolerate damp conditions, freezing temperatures, and blistering summertime sun. That's where pig-tail smart plugs like TP-Link's Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Outdoor Plug (model KP400) come in. The bad news is that these types of smart plugs carry premium price tags. The good news is that TP-Link's KP400 is not only more capable than the competing iDevices Outdoor Switch we reviewed last December, it's also a whole dollar cheaper.
Incase you've been dabbling with the idea of turning your house into a full-blown smart home (we know, once you've experienced Alexa it's hard not to imagine all the possibilities), now is definitely a good time to test out some products since Amazon is selling a bunch of our favorites for up to 20% off. The sale covers all of the necessary gadgets that will allow you to control anything from lights, security cameras, baby monitors, your front door, and more -- from wherever, whenever. Below are just a few of our favorite deals, but you can check out the entire smart home sale here. This indoor/outdoor wireless security system is pretty much everything you'd want to ensure the easiest, most accurate monitoring of your home. With crisp 1080p HD video and automatic night vision, you'll never miss a thing, especially with the 3-second lookback feature that allows you to view activity up to three seconds before a triggered event.
TP-Link is expanding its smart home market presence with today's announcement of the TP-Link KC120 Kasa Cam wireless home security camera. The KC120 sports a wide-angle lens with 130-degree field of view and 1080p video resolution. It also includes most of the features we've come to expect from Wi-Fi security cameras: motion and sound detection, push notification alerts, night vision up to up to 25 feet, and two-way audio for communicating remotely with kids and pets or even scaring off an intruder. One of the common security camera peccadillos the KC120 addresses, according to a TP-Link spokesperson, is the time lag between getting an alert and viewing the camera's live video feed to see what's going on at home. The delay is often so long that whatever activity had triggered the alert has long since ended.
Your message has been sent. There was an error emailing this page. Every room in your house has them: power outlets, and they're about as dumb as technology can be. To create a true smart home, you need to upgrade the way your wiring works, so that it can be controlled, managed, and monitored from afar. You could hire an electrician to rip out your existing outlets and replace them with smart in-wall models, but there's an easier, less-expensive way: Stick a smart plug in those outlets.
TP-Link has made smart home devices before, but it's going all-out for 2021. The router maker has introduced several Kasa-branded gadgets at CES, including a Kasa Smart Doorbell (aka the KD110). The device helps you greet couriers (and spot intruders) with a 1080p camera that uses AI-based person detection. You can subscribe to Kasa Care if you want a rolling 30 days of cloud storage for footage, but you can also use microSD cards up to 128GB if you'd rather store video locally. Security cameras play a large role as well.