Four Pack of Kasa Smart Plugs for Voice Control

Kasa Smart Plug HS103P4 Smart Home Wi-Fi Outlet
May 5, 2021

Loyal readers know that I love to write about Alexa devices and ways to automate your home. Today I have a story about something I automated, but only because it was being really annoying at the wrong times. Yes, I’ll provide an Amazon link for which I get a tiny commission while you get the best prices. No, I didn’t get anything for free.

In the past I’ve purchased a few smart plugs. Since I knew that having several extra might be handy to have, I ordered a 4-pack of the Kasa Smart Plug a few months ago. At the time, I knew I needed two of them. Recently something happened that got me to setup one more.

I don’t know about all of you, but I like to enjoy watching movies at home and that includes great sound. That means I have a dedicated subwoofer connected to the sound system in my bedroom. There is a 3-way switch on the subwoofer. Two of the three settings are on and off. The third is “auto-on” meaning it should only turn on when it receives a signal. This switch is fairly small and on the back of the device. In other words, it isn’t easy to find and change the setting.

Kasa Smart Plug HS103P4 Smart Home Wi-Fi OutletAll was well for a long time. But a few times it started rumbling in the middle of the night even with the audio source turned off. I could spend a crazy amount of time trying to figure out what causes it or I could be lazy and use one of my Kasa Smart Plugs!

With each smart plug, you assign a name to it. While subwoofer would be the obvious name, I prefer to use more interesting names. I thought about it and figured that a subwoofer has a single bullet and this one was firing it at the wrong times. It reminder me of Deputy Barney Fife of Mayberry. So I named it “Barney”. Before going to bed each night, I say “Alexa, turn off Barney” and I know I won’t be rudely awakened in the middle of the night.

Yes, you need a smart device to voice control the plugs. I prefer the Alexa family though it also works with the Google Assistant family. You can also toggle the plugs on and off in the Kasa app or with a button on the side of the plug. This whole episode made me very happy I got the 4-pack and had an extra one in my time of need. Get a few plugs and you’ll have your home automated in no time!

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