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D-Link Unveils a Wi-Fi Smart Plug for Home Automation

by Fox Van Allen on May 07, 2014

D-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug in use in a bathroom

D-Link's new Wi-Fi Smart Plug has a thermal protection feature
that shuts appliances down if the plug gets unusually hot.

Networking company D-Link today introduced its D-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug, a new home automation offering that adds useful new features to the basic smart plug concept.

Like its competition, the D-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug requires you to download a smartphone app to control your lights and appliances via your home Wi-Fi network. You can also create smart schedules. But that’s not all: Should you accidentally forget to unplug an appliance, like an iron, the D-Link Smart Plug has a “built-in thermal sensor that will shut off your devices if the plug overheats.” You’ll also find a great energy monitor feature that tells you exactly how much juice your appliances use, eliminating electricity bill surprises.

The D-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug has big competition in the popular Belkin WeMo Insight Switch, which also monitors electricity usage. The WeMo has benefits that you’ll miss out on, especially if you like using the compatible IFTTT app. But if you look at price alone, the $49 D-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug is going to beat the $59 Belkin WeMo Insight every time. It’s a great way to dip your toes into the new world of home automation without breaking the bank.

You can learn more about the new D-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug (DSP-W215) at the D-Link website or by watching the short promotional video below.


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