How to set up TP-Link Smart Plug with Alexa.
I recently bought an Echo Dot 3 with a TP-Link smart plug. Okay, I got a discount if I bought them together, so I did. While it is very easy to connect Alexa using the Smart Plug, it can be tricky if you don’t follow the exact instructions. I will show you how to set up a TP-Link smart plug with Alexa. Let’s get started.
Setting up a TP-Link smart plug with Alexa is a two-part process, and we’ll follow each step separately to avoid confusion.
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Let’s set up the smart fork first. I have a TP-Link HS100 smart plug and we need to install the Kasa app and pair the smart plug with the app.
Install Kasa app on your smart phone, you can go to Play Store and App Store to download it for Android and iOS respectively. After installing it, you will need to create an account in order to be able to register your devices with TP-Link servers, and it would be easier to link her with Alexa later.
Click the create account button and create your account in steps that shouldn’t take you more than five minutes.
Once you’re done, log in to your account and register your smart devices with it. It helps create a network of devices and can be easily accessed using one common channel. You can add multiple devices to your account and you will see a range of TP-Link smart home devices available.
To register TP-Link HS100, click the “Add Device” button in the upper right corner. Now select the type of smart adapter / device you are trying to register. In our case, we will choose HS100. Click on the icon to continue.
The application will now try to connect the smart outlet, so it should be in pairing mode. It usually shows instructions in the app and you can follow these instructions to connect TP-Link devices.
For smart plug, you must press the reset button for 5 seconds to activate pairing mode. Green and yellow lights will flash. If you do not see the yellow and green light flashing alternately, press the button again for five seconds.
The app should now connect to the smart outlet and automatically continue configuring the device, but for some reason if it doesn’t, you can go to Wi-Fi settings. and connect to a smart Wi-Fi hotspot. It is usually called “ TP-Link smart Plug xxx” .
Now return to the Kasa app, it should register your device and ask for your home wifi credentials. You can select your home Wi-Fi from the list and enter the correct password.
This is important because if you enter the password incorrectly, you will have to repeat the whole process again. Now, after entering the correct password, wait a minute or two. He should finish processing.
Once your device is ready, you can control it using the Kasa app. You can schedule a timer, you can check the log and schedule the plug on / off at a preset time.
Now that TP-Link is configured, we need to configure and pair the device with Alexa.
Set up Alexa on Echo
If you already have Alexa, you can skip to step 6 and then follow the instructions. For people new to Alexa. Read it.
You need to install the Amazon Alexa app, which can be downloaded from the Play Store and App Store for Android and iOS respectively.
After installing the app, you need to log into the app with your Amazon account, usually your existing Amazon account works fine with it.
After you have successfully logged into your Amazon Alexa app, we need to link your Alexa to your account.
Click the device icon in the lower right corner and click the add device icon (+).
Now turn on the echo device and put it in pairing mode by pressing the Action button (.) for about 6 seconds. You should now see an orange ring of light.
Go back to the Alexa app and try to connect to the echo device, or if it doesn’t show up, you can just go into settings and connect to the echo wifi hotspot. as we did with the smart plug. The Wi-Fi name will display as “ Amazon-xxx” . Connect to it.
Now go back to the Alexa app and it should complete the process by asking you to log into your home Wi-Fi. Enter the correct Wi-Fi details and give it a minute for the changes to take effect. Echo will then inform you about successful activation.
Both devices are now configured exclusively and will work fine independently. In order to pair your smart device with Alexa, we need to enable the TP-Link skill.
To set a skill, go to the Alexa app, tap the hamburger icon and select skills. Find TP-Link and it will show you the results, select TP-Link Kasa Skill. Install it in your Alexa account.
For easy access, you will need to link your TP-Link account with Alexa. It will load the page and ask for TP-Link credentials. Enter your details and click “Login”. After successfully signed in, you can return to the Alexa app.
Now that your TP-Link account is linked to your Alexa account, it will let Alexa manage your devices seamlessly. Go to the devices tab by clicking the button in the lower right corner. Tap all devices and find the smart plug, tap the icon and it will automatically detect the paired device from TP-Link account with Alexa.
It will now show up in the list of devices in your Alexa account and you can initially manage all devices. You can also change the device name to make it look more natural when sending commands to Alexa. I named my smart socket “Table Lamp” because it only powers the table lamp and seems more natural when I ask Alexa, “ Alexa, turn on the table lamp “.
Now I can just ask Alexa. “Hey Alexa, turn on the desk lamp,” and she instantly commits. This is a really fast way and a great way to integrate smart home appliances into your home.
How to set up TP-Link Smart Plug with Alexa?
I wrote this hands-on article for people who have recently come across smart home devices. Setting up each device can be a little tricky. I hope this article was a detailed guide to setting up smart devices. Once you set up one device, it will be very easy for you to add other devices from now on. Let us know in the comments if you have any problems.
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