After a couple of weeks, I have finally decided which of the (confusing) number of Smart Home systems to try out.
I’ve received the Smart Plug and set it up to run the right side of my living room which has a number of devices (7) connected to 2 power extensions.
I deliberately chose this socket as it was one that I would normally switch off before going to bed and does not have any devices that need to be left on when I am not using them.
Setup was straightforward with the first three steps being printed on the box, download the app (Kasa) which is free, plug the smart Wi-Fi plug into a socket, switch it on and configure it through the app.
Once you have a connection to your Wi-Fi (there are lights to guide you), you can then enable the appropriate skill in your Amazon Echo, there is a page pointed to on the TP-Link website that covers this.
Although there a number of steps you need to work through, I found them all to work first time.
There were two Smart Plugs to choose from, the only difference I could see is the other one monitored how much electricity was used through it, as I have a Smart Meter, I am able to do this anyway.
Until I have more confidence, I still switch off at the socket before going to bed.
No overheating or problems so far.
The main reasons I went for the TP-Link system is that each device connects directly to your Wi-Fi rather though another hub.
Another reason is coming from a successful PC networking manufacturer.
Looking forward to trying out the light bulb next week.