The plug is a buffer that is placed between the power socket and the appliance. The smart plug essentially gives you the ability to say things like "Alexa, turn on the TV" if your TV is connected to the Amazon Smart Plug. According to Amazon, the device has a 6A power rating and comes with a "state retention" feature which helps appliances go back to their last state (on/off) in case of power outage and resumption.
It can only be connected to 2.4 GHz Wifi, and does not support connection to ad-hoc or peer-to-peer networks.
The plug has a limited warranty of one year.
The Amazon Smart Plug is priced at Rs 1,999 in India and can now be purchased on Amazon India, as well as at select Croma and Reliance Digital outlets.
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"Customers in India are increasingly experimenting with home automation and we want them to have simple yet affordable solutions to make their existing appliances smart using Alexa", said Parag Gupta, Head of Amazon Devices, India.
The Amazon Smart Plug is rated for 220V to 240V, 50/60Hz, at maximum 6A for input and output. So, Amazon has chose to make them shareable by generating links for each one - just tap Share on a skill you've made in the Alexa app. Users setting up a shared routine will see the Alexa app pop up on their phones and they'll be able to input custom fields like name and age as prompted. The plug is available on Amazon in only white colour.
Plug in the smart plug and open the Alexa app on any of your smart devices. Else, tap on the devices icon on the lower right corner of the app, and click on the + icon to get started.
With these three steps, you would be all set to make all the appliances at your home smarter!