TP Link Smart Plug Mini Review and Setup Guide

This is my TP Link Smart Plug Mini Review and Setup guide. I picked up the TP Link Smart Plug Mini 2-pack (HS105 Kit) a couple days ago and I really enjoy using them! In this article I’m going to walk you through my review as well as the unboxing and setup of the wifi smart plugs!

The mini smart plugs are designed to fit two to an outlet (as shown below) and they don’t require a hub for wi-fi control! Additionally, use voice control with Alexa enabled device like an Echo, Echo Dot or ecobee4! Also, the smart plugs work with Google Home / Google Assistant.

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TP Link Smart Plug Mini HS105
These mini wifi smart plugs can turn “dumb” devices “smart!” They don’t require a hub, and can be controlled through the Kasa app on your Android or iOS device!

The TP-Link Smart Plug Mini 2 Pack are a great deal because…

  • Portable and useful in any room of your home
  • Only need a wi-fi connection and smart phone to work
  • Don’t have to do any crazy install or rewiring of your home
  • You don’t have to be a techy – setup is simple and straightforward
  • At only $30 a plug, they are a steal by smart home device standards

TP-Link Smart Wifi Plug Mini 2-Pack (HS105 Kit)

TP Link Smart wi-fi plug mini 2 pack box

So what’s in the box? Not much, honestly. The contents of the TP Link Smart Plug Mini 2 pack include:

  • Smart Wifi Plug Mini (HS105) * 2
  • Quick Start Guide

And…that’s it. The units themselves are small and simple.

Tp Link wi-fi Smart Plug Mini HS105
The smart plug itself is designed to be compact enough to fit two to an outlet.
tp-link smart plug mini power button
There is a button at the end of the unit to shut off power and restart the smart plug.

On to the setup process (which is also crazy brief).

How To Setup Your TP Link Smart Plug Minis

TP Link Easy Setup Steps

If you consult the side of the Smart Plug box, you will find there are 3 steps in the setup process…

Step 1. Download the TP-Link Kasa app

Step 2. Plug the Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini into any outlet

Step 3. Configure Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini preferences on the Kasa app.

Let’s just run through this one step at a time.

Step 1. Download the TP-Link Kasa App

The Kasa app gives you control of your TP-Link devices via wifi (TP-Link has a ton of different smart home devices).

You download the Kasa app onto your Android or iOS device the same way you download any other app: via Google Play or the App Store.

Simply open your respective store and type in Kasa and tap search. Kasa for Mobile app should appear.

kasa for mobile android app
This is what the Kasa for Mobile app looks like on an Android device in the Google Play store

Once you’ve downloaded and installed the Kasa app, open it. At the home screen you will be asked to log in to a Kasa account. If you don’t have one (I did not) click “Create Account” in the bottom left hand corner.

kasa mobile create account
If you haven’t created a Kasa profile already, you’ll want to go ahead and do that now.

Setting up your Kasa profile takes all of about 12 seconds. It only asks for an email address and a password to get started.

Once you sign up, they are going to ask you to verify your email. THIS IS IMPORTANT!

Well, sort of. It depends how much control you want over your smart plugs. To get full control, untethered by location and geography, you need to verify your email. Otherwise, you will only be able to control your plugs when you are on the same local wi-fi as them.

Verify Email Kasa App
Once you verify your email, you gain full control over your wi-fi smart plugs, without any limits.

After you confirm your email you’ll get a short congratulations in teeny tiny print and you’ll be ready to move forward with the setup.

verify email congratulations

The app will ask your permission to allow location, you’ll probably select allow.

Add Devices in Your Kasa App

At this point you’ll see a screen, prompting you to add devices. It will look like this

Add devices in Kasa Android App
Now your ready to add TP Link devices in the Kasa app!

Just tap the plus sign in the top right hand corner to get started adding your TP-Link devices to your Kasa app.

TP-Link Devices Kasa app
The next screen will show a list of the different TP-Link devices you can set up in the Kasa app.

For our purposes, we’ll be selecting the Smart Plug Mini icon.

Now it’s time to plug in your Smart Plug Mini!

Step 2. Plug in Your Smart Plug Mini

Plug in Your Smart plug mini
This is the screen you’ll see after you select your device, instructing you to plug your smart plug into an outlet and look for an orange light.

You should see an orange light in the corner of the smart plug mini. If you don’t see the orange light (Kasa app calls it amber), it probably doesn’t have the power turned on and you’ll just want to press the power button. Tap next on your Kasa app.

Your orange light will begin to flash blue after about 10 seconds. This means it’s searching for wi-fi. Hit next on your phone and your phone will connect to the device.

Wifi light
Watch for your wifi light to flash amber and blue after about 10 seconds.

Once your phone connects to the device, you can give the smart plug mini a name and an icon to represent what device will be plugged into the smart plug. I chose the name lamp and a lamp icon.

name your device
Enter your device name
Select a device icon
Select a device icon so you know what your plug is connected to.

At this time you’ll want to connect the smart plug mini to your wi-fi by selecting your network and typing in your password.

Your smart plug mini is all setup to be controlled by the Kasa app! Just plug in your device and test it out!

Kasa app fully set up
Just tap the power button to turn devices on and off.

So the package I bought came with TWO smart plugs. To setup the second device, just click the plus sign in the top right hand corner of the Kasa home screen again and repeat the preceding steps.

Setting Scenes With The Kasa App

Once you have more than one device connected. You may want to control more than one device at a time. That’s where Kasa Scenes come in.

Scenes will be a tab option on the home screen of the kasa app. I set up a custom scene for this demonstration. It’s really simple.

Setting scenes in the kasa app
You can create scenes to control multiple TP-Link devices at once with the Kasa app.

Once you have clicked a scene you wish to setup, just select the devices you want and the behavior you want them to perform. That is, turn on or off when the scene is activated…

select devices for scene
Notice that the behavior is to turn the devices ON for this scene. That means this scene will ONLY turn the devices ON.

So when a behavior is set for a scene, it can’t be reversed. That is, if my scene tells my devices to turn ON, I can’t tap it again to turn them OFF. This was kind of a bummer but it has a purpose.

If my scene requires some devices to turn on and some devices to turn off, I wouldn’t want to tap the scene again for the opposite effect; some devices going on and some going off.

Next, pick an icon for your Kasa scene.

pick an icon for kasa scene
There are a bunch of icons to choose from to represent your Kasa scene.

After you select an icon, just name the scene and you can control it from your Kasa app! If you want to turn all your devices on or off, you’ll want to create two scenes. An on scene, and an off scene.

on and off kasa scene
If you want a scene for all off and on, you’ll need to create two separate scenes in the Kasa app to make it happen. This is more streamlined if you operate your devices with Alexa.

Are Smart Plugs Worth It?

The answer to this question will vary depending who you ask and their available alternatives.

Smart Plugs are really useful for:

People Who Rent Or Live In An Apartment

I really like the TP-Link Smart Plug Minis. I demonstrated their use to a friend, and commanded Alexa to turn my smart plugs on and off. The living room lamps all shut off at my command. His response?

“I wouldn’t buy those. I would just get the smart outlets (like these).”

Well, for folks who don’t want to pull outlets out of their rental or rewire an apartment, the smart plugs offer a fantastic, and subtle, and cost-effective alternative.

People Who Aren’t Great With Technology

Setting up my TP-Link smart plugs took about 10 minutes. All I needed was a wi-fi connection and a smart phone. Of course a wall outlet and a lamp, too, but duh.

For people who don’t know much about technology, don’t have Z-wave devices, and aren’t very handy, TP-Link Smart Plugs are insanely simple to set up and use!

Elderly and Handicapped

Honestly, I think every retirement community and aging grandparent living on their own should have a smart home.

My granny had bad knees (luckily science, and a ton of money, gave her new ones) and she had trouble getting up and walking around. So menial tasks like turning things on and off around her house could be a pain. Like a literal, real, pain.

Having a device like TP-Link Smart Plugs would have helped her out big time when it came to turning various lamps, stereos, and other electronics on and off around her home. This goes for pretty much EVERY smart home device on the market.

Troubleshooting TP-Link Smart Plugs

Setting up the TP Link Smart Plug Minis is pretty straightforward. However, if you are having trouble with your devices for any reason, just visit TP-Link’s contact us page for different ways to reach them.

You’ll also note that TP-Link Smart Plug Minis do come with a 2 year warranty.

TP Link 2 Year Warranty
Right there on the box! 2 Year Warranty!

Get Some TP-Link Smart Plug Minis

In a world of costly and complicated smart home devices the TP-Link Smart Plug Minis are an “anybody” sort of smart home device.

At right around $30 a plug, these guys are a steal. Setup is simple and straightforward. Buy some for your home.