Rated 2.9 out of 5 by 8
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by ToolTimeTony Remote contol, schedule on/off, and power monitoring
This is a power strip that has two constant on outlets and four that are remotely controlled (or manually controlled with on/off switch) through a Wi-Fi network and website. Website access costs $12 per year, and without it you have a basic two outlet power strip (it wasn’t mentioned in the product description that you needed to pay the fee to enable remote access). My test unit did not come with instructions, and I had to search the web to find any info. Instructions were emailed to me, they aren’t on the web. The website can be found by searching home-netwerks. You first have to set up the device for your local Wi-Fi per the instructions, create a user account on the web through home-netwerks, and then navigate through the site to setup the control of the unit. I believe that if the unit loses power, you have to re-initialize the Wi-Fi linkage (hold the manual on-off button and put your router in discover mode). In the website, you have three tabs for selecting setting, schedule, and history that allows you to schedule the unit to come on and off at various times, monitor energy usage (watts and amps -see photos), and view history of usage. It’s very useful for turning on a device in a remote or hard to reach location. I'm planning on using mine for a Christmas tree. Also a good way to see what individual electrical devices are consuming related to energy (very helpful if you use a home generator during emergencies so you can get a calculated load). Not cheap to buy, and paying $12 dollars a year to use it is an added expense, but it’s a neat device if you have a need for remote access anywhere via a computer (not sure if there is a phone app). One negative note is that it’s not weather proof, but most power strips aren't. It would be a good feature, though.
November 6, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by DEstefan Nice features
The power strip is a nice device that allows you to switch your devices on or off through a website (costs additional $0.99 per month). This way you can check from work if you switched off the coffee maker or similar. Through the website you can also program the device to switch on and off at certain times, to control a lamp and a radio i.e. when you are out of town. Another nice feature is that the website shows you how much energy (Watts) a plugged in device draws, but this is not instantaneous but rather over a period of time.
The down sides are that there are no directions in the box, but the manufacturer will call you and then email them to you, but there is plenty of room to improve the directions. I could not set up the WiFi connection with my older Laptop, I had to do it on my wife's new Laptop, so apparently you need the latest and greatest computer for the setup. Their website doesn't seem to be finished yet, it is not very user friendly and a times hard to navigate.
October 24, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Kellen Difficult to setup
I was contacted by the manufacturer requesting my email to send me the instructions. The instructions were clear and it is relatively straightforward to follow, but the wireless key they provided did not work for me. I emailed them requesting information about the mismatched key about a week ago with no reply yet. I won't knock it for being "complicated", I wanted a complicated power strip, I was looking forward to writing my own web application to interact with this, the included key was just wrong.
The strip has a long cord, so no complaints there. The green indicator light is overkill, it would be good for signaling a rescue plane, but is no good in a bedroom or media room.
I am hoping they'll contact me so I can update my review... in the meantime it works great as a really expensive normal power strip.
November 10, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Susan Anything saved on energy is spent on service
I got the instructions via email on how to configure the power strip. I did have to contact them again to figure out where to find the device's wi-fi password. The last step was to sign on to their Web site and establish an account. That's when I learned that there was a fee involved. I was NOT expecting a regular fee. I thought that this was a device I was going to be able to control from my computer or cell phone. So now I have an ordinary power strip that has 2 working outlets all the time and another 4 working outlets if I want to keep the very brightly lit green power button on. It's great if you want an additional night light around. But in a room that's not intended to be bright, that power light is very annoying.
As a power strip, it's nice that 2 of the outlets are away from the others giving room for some of today's bigger plugs without losing access to other outlets.
December 9, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by enginerd Actually not uniquely useful
After trying to get this unit to work with several appliances (computer plus printer and a stereo) it just wasn't worth the setup effort. I have a powerstrip that tells me the power draw in real time on a LCD readout that doesn't require all the downloading of instructions and running around the house between the router and the power strip. Also, I'm not going to subscribe to a service for a power strip. Nope. Ain't happening. I'm not going to pay money to use a glorified extension cord that has remote access that can be disabled any time there is a power outage, which is precisely when I'd remotely want to check the status of the items connected to it.
Overall I guess I'm not the right customer for this power strip.
April 12, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by DIYer88 Power works but couldn't connect wifi
I was looking to get a power strip to run some office equipment and tried out this wifi enabled strip. The power strip itself works as expected but I had trouble enabling the wifi capability. Couldn't find it on the network when plugged in and unfortunately it was missing the instruction manual. For now it's being used as just a power strip until I can troubleshoot it further.
December 11, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by linbraash quality outlet
clean looking, like the fact that the entire outlet does not use energy, only the plug ins that are being used.
January 11, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Jerrylee Local wifi use, unless you pay for the web service
Cool idea, but you have to pay for the web service, so if you don't want to add any cost to this product you can wireless turn off a device inside of your house, but you will have to connect to the device's wifi, so its actually faster to just go unplug the device.
December 12, 2013