Intelligent wifi plug can never go as cheap with Mi Smart Plug | 小米智能插座 | IT Gadgets Review

Xiaomi’s Mi Smart Plug (小米智能插座) was launched in Oct 2014 with the aim of truly controlling the devices at home without worrying that those devices cannot be made available in the internet. Through this Mi Smart Plug, any electrical appliance can be connected and one can easily switch the appliance ON or OFF based on his rulesets. Moreover, the price of one Mi Smart Plug is unbelievable at RMB 59 (or S$14 / USD 10) which is so much affordable than a regular Belkin Wemo Switch (USD 50).

 

Mi Smart Plug uses the 88MC200 a highly integrated micro controller and the Avatar® 88W8801 Wi-Fi SoC from Marvell. The package of Mi Smart Plug is small and simple. Apart from the socket, there is one simple user manual in the box.

Mi Smart Plug - Package

Mi Smart Plug - unboxed

Mi Smart Plug - full set

Mi Smart Plug - relative size

The Mi Smart Plug is akin to any household power socket adapter. The indicator light shows its connection status to Mi Router and switch status as well. There is a 5V 1A USB port on top of it, which allows compatible electronic device to directly connect it for charging. In addition, the power button can be used to reset its WiFi connection by holding press it and hold for 5 seconds.

Mi Smart Plug - front view

Mi Smart Plug - side view

 

Installation is via the Mi Smart Home app involving a few basic steps in the binding process. Thereafter, it can be used normally. use it normally.

Yellow light : Before any pairing

Mi Smart Plug - before pairing

Mi Smart Plug - Detect Mi Plug

 

Mi Smart Plug - connection in progress

 

Mi Smart Plug - successful connection

Blue Light – After pairing and successful connection to the home network :

Mi Smart Plug - After pairing

The firmware can also be downloaded (OTA) and patched via the phone app:

Mi Smart Plug - firmware updates

The 220V socket and USB port can be used independently, with timed function as welll (ON or OFF). That should be sufficient for most daily usage.

Mi Smart Plug - programming main socket

Mi Smart Plug - programming USB

Mi Smart Plug - programming menu

Connection and control are quite convenient and stable with no major failure or breakdown. However, one must take note that each Mi Smart Plug only support up to 1A of electrical current. Thus, it willl not be able to be used for big heating element electrical appliances e.g. Fridge, Electric Iron, Washer machines etc.

Nevertheless, it is still one good step towards a smarter home!

For more information, do head over to Xiaomi Official Website.

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  2 comments for “Intelligent wifi plug can never go as cheap with Mi Smart Plug | 小米智能插座 | IT Gadgets Review

  1. September 8, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    Hi, this is wonderful plug adapter. I am planning to buy it. Thanks to share nice information with us.

  2. Albert
    March 31, 2016 at 2:07 am

    hi, is there an app for this on iPhone 5? thanks for your time.

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