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D-Link's Smart Plug is priced at $49.99

For those that like to keep close tabs on energy usage or even have the ability to power on/off a device from anywhere, D-Link has just introduced a new solution to service your needs. 
The Wi-Fi Smart Plug (DSP-W215) plugs into a single wall outlet and gives your control over one powered device. Using the mydlink app — which works on iOS or Android devices (sorry, Windows Phone users) — energy-conscious individuals can set schedules to turn on/off any electronics device or appliance, and even monitor energy usage remotely.

mydlink iOS app for D-Link's Wi-Fi Smart Plug
The Wi-Fi Smart Plug includes Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) to make setup easy and also offers overheat protection just in case any of your devices get a little hot under the collar.
The Wi-Fi Smart Plug is available starting today for $49.99.

D-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug
Of course, D-Link is not the first company to introduce such a device for consumers. Belkin’s WeMo Switch (F7C027fc) – also priced at $49.99 -- offers similar functionality and also comes with a companion app that works on iOS and Android devices.

Source: D-Link

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Kinda dumb
By FITCamaro on 5/6/2014 7:52:14 AM , Rating: 3
Even on a plug with your entire entertainment center(TV, sound system, consoles) on it, you might save a few dollars a year with this since its more for controlling idle power usage. Of course then it itself takes power which could possibly completely negate the savings.

Given the cost of this thing, it'll take you years to recoup the cost of it. Assuming it doesn't break first.

RE: Kinda dumb
By hughlle on 5/6/2014 8:28:02 AM , Rating: 2
On the whole, i agree, it is a pretty pointless "investment" for the typical home owner. It will probably be broken or the software unsupported by the time you break even.

But i'm sure there are many business implementations that could prove to be very cost effective. But to me, the issue is that they are selling a device, without much use, and i'm not sure who is responsible for those screenshots, but who the hell figured a 20w fan was a suitable item for advertising how useful a power saver this is? I bought one of the cheapest fans i could get, it came with a remote control and had a timer built in. But i guess i'll spend another 50 bucks so i can set it to turn off in 28 minutes instead of 30.

Or i could just not be a lazo pos and just turn the fan off myself.

I just don't see a home application for this, which it seems is what it's aimed at at the end of the day.

RE: Kinda dumb
By ilt24 on 5/6/2014 9:17:13 AM , Rating: 5
Depends on what your looking to control and why. We bought a couple of the Belkin WeMo's last year to control A/C units. While they will save us some money over time, I don't really care because as they more importunately allow us to make sure we are comfortable when we get home even when our schedule changes.

RE: Kinda dumb
By Brandon Hill on 5/6/2014 9:51:44 AM , Rating: 2
Now THAT is an awesome usage model for this device.

RE: Kinda dumb
By Spuke on 5/6/2014 2:11:17 PM , Rating: 2
I could use this in my RV to shut off devices overnight to reduce draw. Hopefully the app controls more than one device.

RE: Kinda dumb
By Chadder007 on 5/6/2014 10:04:39 AM , Rating: 2
Yep, and then your fan will be hacked and taken control of. Just because you can doesn't mean you should. Got to love all of this "convenience" of having everything on the internet.

RE: Kinda dumb
By atechfan on 5/6/2014 10:31:06 AM , Rating: 2
Even in that unlikely scenario, what possible harm could come to you from your fan getting hacked?

Aquarium / Terrarium lighting
By Myrandex on 5/6/2014 8:42:26 AM , Rating: 2
I think this could be really cool for controlling light and heat for aquarium & terrarium fixtures. I currently I have a power strip that is set by little pins to do start and stop times, and it certainly isn't simple to program (every time I've needed to change it I have had to pull up the manual again because I don't change it often enough to really remember the correct operation). This looks like it offers advanced scheduling that is nice and Smartphone applications for control, which would be nice. It does stink they only support Android and iOS though.

Hey at least DLink has a Windows Phone App for their cameras (mydlink lite).


By Belegost on 5/6/2014 8:09:00 PM , Rating: 4
What I fail to understand is why it's a device specific app at all. Why not write a single web interface that will work with practically every device under the sun? If you want to put some fancy device specific trimmings on it and call it app, fine, but I want something I could control through my PC (and especially something I could control with an automated script.)

The WeMo outlets have a web interface, so chalk one up for Belkin. And an API that can be used for automated scripting.

use on Windows Phone
By mchentz on 5/6/2014 12:14:42 PM , Rating: 2
All of these things come able to use with IOS and Andriod operating systems. No wonder windows phone can not get any decent market share. I use a windows phone and really like it and its super easy to use. I do like this stuff too. I would love to be able to use it but alas I can not.

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