A smart plug is one of the best things you can buy if you're interested in automating your house. You don't even have to call in an electrician because there are plenty that just plug into an existing outlet and turn on and off on your schedule. If you're an Alexa user, the Amazon Smart Plug (opens in new tab) is one of the best you can buy.
A smart plug isn't complicated, so the setup for one shouldn't be either. That's where the Amazon Smart Plug shines. All the device does is turn on or off when you want it to, and all the setup needs is for you to plug it in and open the Amazon Alexa app on your phone.
The Amazon Smart Plug does have one flaw, though. It's not compatible with every smart home platform out there like so many others are. You can only use it with an Alexa-powered smart speaker. I know Alexa devices are pretty good stuff and a lot of us use them, but still. It's a bummer if you use Siri or Google Assistant or SmartThings. The Alexa app is available for both Android and iOS, though, so it will work with almost any phone out there once you install it.
Black Friday is a great time to start or add to your smart home, and if you use Alexa, the Amazon Smart Plug is a total winner. Seeing it on sale for just $15 means now is the right time to grab a couple of them.
I'm an RHCE and Electrical Engineer who loves gadgets of all kinds. You'll find my writings across Mobile Nations and you can hit me on Twitter if you want to say hey.
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