As the market continues to see an influx of IoT devices, the question that most buyers have to ask have to do with value and security. Is this smart plug worth it? Is it secure? For the later question, particularly for Apple HomeKit users, the answer is a resounding yes. Apple requires a very strict process to get a smart device approved for HomeKit. The former, however, is a more challenging question.
Having used the Koogeek Smart Plug for the past month, I do think this $29.99 smart plug is worth the price of admission. Easy to set up on both Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant, the Koogeek smart plug is a compact plug that connect to your local network. You can control it through the iPhone or iPad Home app as well as using voice commands to Siri. In my testing, it performed flawlessly and is a great smart home accessory at a reasonable price.
Design & Specifications
The Koogeek Smart Plug measures 6.6 x 4.8 x 2.7 in and is in a classic Apple white. It weighs in at 6.1 ounces. On the front you have the standard US electrical plug to plug in the device you want to control. Above that plug, under the plastic shell, is a LED which is either red when it is not connected to your home wireless network, or green when it is connected. The plug requires that there be a 2.4 GHz network available which for 99% of the world isn’t an issue. If you have your home WiFi network setup for 5 GHz only, you’ll need to enable 2.4 GHz for it to work.
Koogeek offers an app in the App Store to control your smart plug but the reality is, you don’t need it if you are configure it with Apple Home. The same is also true if you are using Google Assistant. Those apps from Apple and Google respectively can get you up and going with the smart plug without having to download any additional apps.
Apple Home Configuring
If you have configured new smart devices with Apple Home from your iPhone or iPad, you know it is a simple process. For those who haven’t done it, just open up the Home app on your iPhone or iPad then use the + icon to add a new accessory. You will do this, by scanning the code on the sticker attached to the Koogeek smart plug. The Home app will scan it and then walk you through a configuration of the plug such as its name, where it located, etc. The entire process should take you less than 10 minutes but these steps are important. As you start adding more smart home accessories, you will want to make sure you have them correctly named and in the correct room so you can use voice commands to control them.
Controlling Your Koogeek Smart Plug
Controlling the smart plug can be done a variety of different ways. First, you can install the Koogeek app and control it from that app. Second, you can use the Apple Home app to control it. In both of these apps, you can turn the plug off or on (which controls whatever is plugged into it) by tapping the plug icon in the app. The third way is leveraging Siri from your iPhone or iPad (or Google Assistant if you are using Android or the iOS app)
How is best for you to use is going to depend on your personal preferences. If you have a HomePod however, you will probably find a voice command to Siri to be the best way to go.
If you are wanting to add a smart plug to your home or if you are looking to give one a try for the first time, the Koogeek Smart Plug is not a bad option. It is very easy to setup and configure and doesn’t require anything special app wise. You can just use the Apple Home app to control things, or Siri for voice commands. Just as important, it is reliable in staying connected to your home network so you can always command your lights with it.
The Koogeek Smart Plug is $29.99 and available from Amazon (Affiliate Link)