D-Link’s new, beefy outdoor Wi-Fi smart plug (model DSP-W320) has a killer feature that seems unique in the smart home space: in addition to its three-dimensional outlet, it features a 2.1-amp There’s a USB-A port, so you can charge your phone on the porch without the need to bring an adapter with you.
But before you decide to buy the product based on that checkbox in its feature set list, look into this smart plug in more detail and how well it actually works.
First of all, you will see that I mentioned “beef”. At a weight of about .75 pounds, it is a monster of a switch. To make sure that kind of theft reflects seriousness and impudence, and the unit feels like a veritable brick when it is at hand. That said, the device is rated as IP54: it will keep out enough dust to avoid failure, but it is only resistant to spraying with a garden hose, so when you are using it Take care when placing it on the ground. It is out.
The device is rated for a total load of 1,800 watts, which should be too much power for almost any home use case. Each outlet – and the USB port that makes it unique – can be protected by its own individual rubber cover when not in use. These are strong and effective in keeping dust and dirt away from sockets.
The two outlets can be controlled individually in both hardware and software: the top of the device consists of two power buttons, each with a green LED that illuminates when it is powered on. There is also a wireless status LED in between the two buttons, which tells you that the unit is connected to Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz only). These LEDs cannot be deactivated. The USB port is also always on and cannot be switched off.
Setup is via the mydlink app and involves scanning a QR code that is printed on the card printed in the card as well as behind the plug. The setup process for me was slow and short, and I had to try three times to get the system to successfully connect to my Wi-Fi network, each time involving an interim wait. This was followed by two firmware update attempts, each with at least 10 minutes before I was able to fully use the plug.
Although the D-Link’s control app is unclear in appearance, it is surprisingly not suited to use. While it is easy to manually control your outlets, the scheduling system — which was recently redesigned, according to an embedded video in the app — is not user-friendly. D-Link tries to make the process smoother by tapping and dragging you within a week calendar and setting time on / off, but each day must be configured individually; There is no option to set a “every day” schedule, and there is no way to set a schedule for both outlets simultaneously. This is unnecessarily time consuming, although at least the countdown timer is much more intuitive. For managing scheduling and automation, Google Assistant, including Alexa and IFTTT, may be a better option for many to use one of D-Link’s third-party connections. However, Apple’s HomeKit technology is not supported.
The biggest issue with this plug, however, is the price. At $ 50, it tops the market for external Wi-Fi plugs, although none of its competitors can claim to have a USB port. Whether that port is worth $ 20 or a bigger question, namely because I’m still not entirely sure how I would use it, given that I rarely in the vicinity of an external power outlet Have been Charge your phone USB Speaker Power? I think even in the worst case it can’t hurt to substitute.