Review: Weatherproof Outdoor Smart Plug from iHome

The holidays may be over, but you still might want to use the iSP100 Outdoor Smart Plug ($39.99) from iHome to make accessories smart inside and outside of your house. Like most smart switches, you can program it to turn things on and off, but this model is geared for high wattage devices outdoors, like lighting, thanks to the 1800 watts of power and its rugged, water-resistant design, with integrated GFI covered outlets.

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The switch has an integrated cable that's about 6 inches, and a hook that can be used to mount it in place using the included screw and anchor. The smart plug is quite versatile, as it works with iHome's own app as well as Apple's HomeKit, Alexa, Wink, Nest and Google. Keep in mind that it does require a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network, not the newer 5GHz wireless networks many routers offer, but you can usually operate such routers in dual mode.

Pros

  • Supports up to 1800 watts
  • Rugged and water resistant, with integrated GFI covered outlets
  • Reasonably priced
  • Works with HomeKit, Alexa, Wink, Nest, and Google
  • Mountable

Cons

  • Requires 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network

Final Verdict

For an exterior smart switch, the iSP100 Outdoor Smart Plug from iHome is reasonably priced and you could use it inside as well. 

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