TP-Link HS300 Kasa Smart Power Strip Review

hello I’m Wanderer001 and this is my review of the Kasa / tp-link HS 300 Wi-Fi power strip so Kasa seems to now be the brand name for a tp-link even though you might be able to see over there in the corner the actual TP branding let me just say that this is the power strip that I have been waiting for it is not without its faults but compared to other low brand or no brand power strips that you can get that are compatible with echo devices and Google home devices this is the one I’ve been waiting for despite its shortcomings so let’s start by just talking about some of the generic specs you are looking at a device that is fourteen point seven inches in length has a width of two point four nine and a depth of one point four eight you will notice that the front here has six plugs each plug if we zoom in has its own indicator light and on-off switch now I’m okay with it having an on/off switch however this lives under my entertainment center so I generally don’t go under there to actuate those coming back out to the full view you will notice it also has three USB ports so that you can plug in your devices to charge if they are five volt 2.4 amp outages outputs so in my opinion I wish that this was actually like an extra outlet again it lives under my entertainment center so I’m not going to be using these so really I have to put like tape over that so that it dust doesn’t get in there not terrible but just something to think about as I said each of them has its own light and power button if we come over here you will notice that it has a protected light ground light and a system light the power strip itself is made up of a like very dense heavy plastic like it’s got some heft to it coming across to the there is a reset button and you can see there and there there are wall mounts for this so you could put this up they also have this little rubber there so in case you need to put this on something you won’t scratch it now come across to the side here there’s your tp-link branding over there there’s nothing and you can kinda see flopping around is a three-foot cable now it’s not going to be for everybody you might need a cable that’s slightly longer now the 3 feet is from here to the tip of the plug which is set so that it comes out of a slightly odd angle there it’s supposed to be easier to get things around it I will say that when I had tried to put this on the top portion of my dual outlet I had to take out the other power strip and move that to the top because this could not live on the top the odd angle of that got in the way but that is only one small thing to consider you are getting this because well you want to have smart outlets so the other question is when setting up a smart outlet or outlets in this case is how easy it is to actually set this up so why don’t I show you what the setup process was like ok in the box with the power strip came a little instruction manual and it’s just a single card you download the Kasa app which I already have on my phone so I will be opening it and adding so that’s the next step is add press that plus button to add the power strip so here is the Kasa app opened up displaying what I currently have we’re going to come up here press the plus sign and you do not have to worry cuz right there is the power strip HS 300 which this is so next up plug in your power strip wait for and wait until Wi-Fi starts blinking on and off it is plugged in but the Wi-Fi is not blinking so okay take a look and see what’s going on here so what ended up happening was the there’s a button underneath which I’ll show you in a moment or you’ve seen already depending on when I do walk through there was a button that was in the off position so now it is on and just like the direction say when it is blinking we were going to hit next alright so it’s saying it needs to know my location so you kind of have no choice with this so it’s saying I have to allow this is based on my Google pixel we’re gonna

allow it and then it’s going to establish a connection which can take a few minutes so we’re just gonna kind of place that there and see how long this takes you probably can’t see the phone it’s washed out no but it is bringing up a bunch of networks now none of these are the network that I want up here we go I’m gonna pick Hal and pause for password alright password was inputted so now it’s connecting the power strip to your home network my case my network and let’s see how long that takes I’m just leave that there for ambience I suppose all right so all set up so it’s showing me each individual plug I can add a name yeah so each of these I can add a name to I can skip this for right now which I will be doing because it’s obviously not under my entertainment center and I’m still not sure as to which devices I’ll be placing where so we’re gonna skip that but congratulations the outlet is now on my network so sounds good and I’m showing me some tips for the power strip so we’re just gonna go swipe this is what I was talking about which was underneath is and equipped with industry industry standards surge and overload protection if you need to reset the strip you’ll have to flip that that’s what I had to do it was in the trip off position energy tracking so you will be able to energy track using the Kasa app yet to be seen if it’s gonna be for each individual and then here you go you can do IFTTT which is partially why it probably wanted to know location so you can set up some of the location-based you know my phone is geo-fenced here do this this and this so we’re gonna hit get started and what we see is the strip itself is not listed under the Kasa it’s listing each individual plug here as if it was its own separate smart plug so that’ll be interesting well we’ll go back and rename these after the fact and do some other testing but that was the setup not terrible at all so as you saw nothing terrible now this is compatible like I said earlier with Amazon Alexa and Google home you do have to set those up individually using the Kasa app and the respected environment but I will say I have tested it and it will work with both of them quite nicely but if you don’t have a echo or Google home device you will be interacting with this via the application so let me show you what that looks like and here you can see all the different Kasa tp-link devices that I have you will notice that the power strip itself is not listed as a single item but it actually breaks down each individual plug into its own item so the plugs that are part of the power strip are the Drobo here which is currently on the google which is my google a home mini which is currently off and playstation which is off and i have an unused plug which is showing the default name up plug 5 right now Roku and TV now the Roku and TV are the ones that I’ve been using this for quite a lot so let me show you what the individual options for the plug itself are so we’re gonna start with the Roku you can see you can power them down and power them on so if I were to come over to Google click on that it will power it up you won’t hear it but it’s over in the other room and it’s powering itself on we’re gonna scroll down here and we’re going to select the Roku so from here you will see you will have the title of the device up there as well as a back button and a options or Settings button you have a big power button right in the middle there as well as down here we have some options which I’m gonna go over first we’re gonna start with the were going to start with the settings options up here in the upper right here it will show you all of the devices and you can click on one to rename it or change the picture you’ll notice that there is a default picture of a plug hopefully you can see that it’s a little bright but if you click on that you can edit it and select a different picture you can also use a photo that you’ve taken up the device or you can just jump right in and take a picture and use that I do wish that tp-link would expand this Fing which I did a review over there

has a very good selection of default generic icons and I kind of wish that those icon packs would become the default for everybody but I do realize this is TP links default and you could add your own if you want coming back so we’re back to the you can rename it you can choose a picture I’m gonna go back one more time and if we scroll down we have other options we can reorder the devices so we can come here and say PlayStation 1 TV so this is you can see right there hopefully it says plug 1 plug 2 plug 3 there it’s indicating where on the power strip that was plugged into but maybe you don’t necessarily want the Roku to be plug 6 you want to drag it up here and it’s going to be listed as plug 1 even though it’s plugged in location is technically 6 I’m just gonna bring that back down here because I really don’t care I use mainly the voice activated portions of this so we’re gonna come back led status lights so you can turn all those lights on or off which is kind of nice because it is a bright white light and it can be a little distracting depending on where the power strip is located so if you toggle it off all the lights on the power strip will go off including that activation light so it’s not just the lights for each individual plugged in item it’s even that activation light will turn itself off you’re not going to save yourself a lot of power because they’re LED lights but if you want a completely dark room this is how you would do it you just come in there and toggle on and off the LED lights so that’s kind of cool advanced you have device info clicking that will show you a bunch of information about the device so time zone location sync date and time the network device it’s on model hardware version firmware version and them down there is the MAC address will not be showing you that and if you wanted to you can also select remove device from here we’re not going to do that because we like our device now these lower icons are all the same for all of the items on the plug so we’re just going to talk about the road crew right now you’ll notice that there are dots right here at the bottom I scooch that up a little bit so you can see that there are dots down there scrolling through that will scroll you through the items on the power strip now you’ll notice there’s a difference between plug 5 which isn’t currently turned on and Roku which is turned on in that the circle is illuminated but also the background is and if there’s a nice animation when you turn on and off the plug it’s it’s a neat little feature it’s not gonna aid you in any way but it’s a nice little kind of extra bonus so coming down to the bottom we’re gonna select schedule scheduling devices you can come up here to schedule the device now this is turning on and off the device on a specific schedule so depending on what you’re using the power strip for if it’s attached to a light you can say you know set a time turn my smart plug on and then you can select repeat repeat repeat and save and then you can also come in and use this to turn off the smart plug on these specific days and times timer so this is allowing you to either turn on or off your smart plug after a set amount of time generally you want to turn it off after a certain amount of time so think of it as like a mandatory sleep timer for children if you wanted to so you can come in here 30 minutes turn off and then start so after being on for 30 minutes it will turn itself off away mode this is to allow the plug to act as if somebody was home so again if it’s plugged into a light you can set a specific time to start this action and this action and what it will actually do is turn on and off that device so if it is plugged into a TV it will turn on and off the power to the TV and if your TV was left in the on state will turn that on and off during the specific time frame and again you can select repeating on what this so if you just want it to do a lawyer around the weekends you can do it during that you would just click start and right there it’s getting ready to we’re just gonna say stop because we don’t actually want to do that last bit which makes this very interesting to me is this energy usage so here it will show you today currently the Roku is using 2.8 watts and total consumption for the day is less than 0.01 now daily average is a little well it’s very low for the Roku it doesn’t use a lot even though it’s last year’s top to your model review over there we’re gonna we’re gonna come back here and we’re gonna swipe to something like the Drobo which does use quite a bit of power so here we can see it’s currently using 3.1 watts it has a total consumption of almost well not

even quite half a kilowatt yet but if we come down to the seven-day average here’s the daily average for what it actually uses here’s the total consumption so I’ve actually used a kilowatt and a half in the past seven days coming down to the past 30 days again it’s not quite a full kilowatt but the total consumption is five point zero three kilowatts now this is really nice information to have especially if you are very concerned about power usage the one thing I wish that it did show was actually the time the other tp-link smart plug I have has time but not power usage so it’s kind of a trade-off they won’t give you both they give you either/or now coming back here you will notice that Drobo is up here but playstation plug Roku and TV which are my other items on that power strip or down there it is kind of because it’s alphabetical in the smart plug listing so there’s no way to get around that in this particular interface but it doesn’t matter for me I use the echo in order to turn on/off my devices as well as you know the Google home would you saw me power on but that was a quick look at what the Kasa app looks like when using your power strip so not terrible at all in fact you can make this do quite a bit with the application now let’s talk about some of the features this is a 2.4 gigahertz only Wi-Fi spectrum because you don’t need the faster 5 gigahertz spectrum because well the 5 gigahertz spectrum is faster speed but shorter distance but you want to be able to access this from anywhere in your house so longer 2.4 gigahertz is the way to go with this now I will note I will say that I noticed because well I just had a power outage the other night before filming this and the shadow keeps moving on me there is no actual power button on this you plug it in and it turns on this this here is not a power button the reset button on the bottom there is not a power button you plug it in and it’s it just goes now that’s both good and bad I wanted to turn off each of the the items here but I couldn’t because there was no power and this is not a tactile button even though you hear a click if it’s not a tactile switch it’s it’s a when there’s power it will turn itself on and off I think that’s kind of a shortcoming the other thing is that this is a surge protector it is it this is a surge protector it is list as being ETL certified surge protection shield bla bla bla nowhere on the packaging website or on the device itself does it say how many joules it protects against again even something as small as my Belkin over there little portable surge protector tells you how much it is this does not I find that kind of lacking so if you want to put that information out there TP now talking about that power outage I had the other evening this takes 16 seconds to fully reconnect itself back to the network once it has lost connection now some people don’t find that to be a terribly useful thing I find that having device that connects very quickly back to the network once it’s lost connection is very helpful the other thing is and this works for all TP products is whatever the last state of the device was is what it will return to so in my case my Drobo TV and Roku were all on the on state it returned them to the on state three o’clock in the morning so that was not pleasant it’s a small shortcoming of TP products but again if you’re in the dark and actually out in your living room and this is plugged into a light and the light comes back on instead of going to the offsetting that could be good so it’s it’s both a plus and a minus so some other things to consider with the tp-link power strip here is because it’s tp-link there is no hub required so this device connects itself to your Wi-Fi network and it is picked up through the Kasa application now even though it does have six plugs that are part of the power strip here on your network your network will only show the power strip so that was something I was concerned about I used Fing to take a look and it only shows the HS 300 not each individual power or each individual plug here which I didn’t want to clog up my network with so it’s very happy about that now speaking of aside from network

issues the other thing that concerns me a lot I live in a house that everything runs on electricity is power consumption so when idling meaning this is just plugged in and connected to your network and nothing is turned on here it uses point 8 watts of power so not terrible when each item is turned on so even if there’s nothing in them you just turn them on the plug will use 4.1 watts of power so keep that in mind if all of these are on and it’s connected to the network it’s using 4 watts of power before whatever you plug into it is actually drawing power as well so that’s that’s a nice feature but the big thing for me is being able to turn off and on individual items I did at one time have again over there a Belkin power strip where you would have your TV on and then once you turn your TV off all of these would lose connection like they would be disconnected so as a means of saving power now the problem is you still had your TV on which was doing vampire leaching and it adds up over time I am yes I’m that concerned with it aside from being able to turn items on off my voice I want to be able to completely kill them when I’m not using them so tp-link HS 300 here was exactly what I was looking the last thing I will throw in before speaking about the price is yes it does work with IFTT so if you like playing with that I’ve tried to it’s not quite my cup of tea at this point but it is compatible with IFTT so pricing is where I think this gets hurt the most because I was able to pick it up for $70 there was a there was a dip in in the pricing and for $70 I was still a little hesitant purchasing this but the current average price is $80 and I know that’s a lot to swallow some people have mentioned well why don’t you just get single plug so you get six of these if you think about it the mini tp-link smart plug is $30 on a good day or three dollars average $25 on a good day so fifty a hundred one hundred and fifty as opposed to this which was 80 I know it’s hard to swallow a price like that again I had reluctance myself doing that but I assure you that the shortcomings that I mentioned and the price are outweighed by what this can actually do this has been what I have been waiting for and looking for – this even even with this little dip here most of my plugs fit in it I had one plug that which is the Roku plug that I had to move to this side because it points over this way everything else like as long as it’s a normal plug will fit in here perfectly fine you’ll notice there’s a decent amount of spacing there so Kasa HS 300 power strip would recommend if the price came down I would strongly recommend it so just keep an eye on it if it drops in price or if you’re willing to spend $80 it’s well worth your time and money I have been Wanderer001 if you have any questions or comments please leave them in the area below and as always thanks for watching