• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed

    I purchased four of these to work with my Apple TV 4th Gen, I hoped to use the Automations and geofencing options. However after a month of trying I or even Apple couldn't get them to work reliably, locally you could turn on and off the devices all be it slowly, however the Automations would just not work or very rarely work.

    Big disappointment as both Apple and Elgato have good reputations, I've ended up selling them and gone for another system.

    4 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very disappointing

    I bought this to control some outside lights so that when we drive in we switch on the lights but it will only work on one phone so my wife cannot turn on and off the lights. I called the helpline and they told me to switch on and off the lights manually. Well, i think that defeats the object of a wifi plug.

    6 of 25 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works!

    I purchased two of these units and they work well. Easy set up, good integration with HomeKit, and good Bluetooth range. Will be getting more!

    28 of 30 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great

    I purchased one plug to see how well it worked. I am happily impressed. I waited to get one for a while because I wanted it to work with HomeKit and it was the first in the U.K. To do so.. For features and apples excellent approach to security.

    Setup was straightforward and fast (except my Tv see below). Reliability so far is 100%. I can use the plug with Siri, or control centre to quickly automate it. As well as the Eve App and Apples Home App. Home App scenes have a sunset / rise feature not in the Eve App btw. I really like the simplicity of the Home App combined with Siri and control centre.

    Only issue I encountered was with HomeKit and my Tv. In order to use HomeKit you need keychain enabled and to use two-factor authentication. When I enabled the latter on my iPad it did the same on my iPhone. But when I went to use the HomeKit app it wasn't showing my Tv as a hub. Without that you cannot automate it away from home etc. It turned out that I needed to sign out of my Tv and then sign in again, now with two-factor authentication (which was active now from turning it on with my iPad). Then it all just worked, and my Tv set itself up with the Home App. It was a bit frustrating for the two days I spent scratching my head and looking at manuals and forums Until I came across the solution for myself by trial n error.

    More detailed help for trouble shooting setup issues would be great.

    Other than that teething problem, I really like it and intend to get more. Great to be able to monitor power usage too as a bonus.

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I bought 2 - work as expected, will be buying more

    I didn't bother with the Elgato app because I already know how much power the lamps draw from the socket. My main use for these is as internet controlled switches. These plugs integrate straight into iOS. I have an apple tv4 and remote control from outside my network works fine. Siri commands work fine, and quickly. I like the ability to be able to switch multiple sockets on and off at once. I like the simple-but-powerful timer functionality, and especially the sunset and sunrise events which act as a photo diode substitute. Bit expensive maybe, but the potential they give for automating a whole house is incredible.

    29 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't work

    Bought these for the xmas lights, but just won't work.

    Doesn't turn on/ off at set time.
    Frequently unreachable from HomeKit app and you have to go around and manually push the button on each.
    Can't get them to work with the Eve app.

    Not sure if it's because they're incompatible with Hue lights.

    Will return them tomorrow.

    4 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Device Needs 24/7 Bluetooth Connection to be Effective

    This is nicely made. The documentation is sparse, but you just have to read a few paragraphs to connect it and then get the info from the Eve App.
    It appears, after talking to Apple and Elgato technical assistance, to be very much for the Apple Homekit environment, which is rigorous, but means that it doesn't seem to have any capabilities if is it is not talking to an in-range and switched-on ios 10 device or an up-to-date Apple TV 3 or 4. If you have such an Apple TV or a spare iPad or iPhone plugged into the mains 24 hours a day then fine, otherwise it would be difficult to see how to use it other than as a remote on/off switch on your wireless network. Reading into this, there are lags associated with running the framework via remote servers, and Homekit is an evolving environment. If you already have Apple TV then this provides a good capability, with Apple taking security seriously in this expanding market for the smart home.

    14 of 21 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    A simple on/off switch

    I purchased one of these and now I'm going to get another one. I am using the first as simple programmable switch to power a table lamp and replace an old unreliable electronic timer. They are quite expensive for a switch, but the convenience of being able to quickly change the on and off times make them useful.

    I recommend that the first time you set up timers is to use the Eve app and not the Apple HomeKit app as I had problems with the latter and the lamp not turning off when they it was supposed to. The Eve app take a bit of getting used to, but try to learn how it works and you will be successful. The only advantage of the HomeKit app at the moment is being able to set a timer at sunset and sunrise. I would like to see this feature extended to, for example, switch on at 30 minutes prior to sunset. There is no technical reason why this could not be achievable.

    19 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Super easy setup, works just as you would expect!

    After getting Phillips Hue lights I became obsessed with HomeKit enabled accessories. Being Christmas time, I decided to get two of these switches to plug my Christmas trees into so I wouldn't have to go downstairs or upstairs to turn them off when I'm cozy in bed. The setup could not have been easier, simply plug them in, download the app, put in the serial number of the device and done. Works great with Siri and HomeKit. Now I say "Hey Siri, turn off my Big Christmas Tree" and she does! Love this!

    63 of 66 people found this useful