I got the opportunity to check out the MOCREO?Mini Smart Plug? this week so thought I’d share my experiences with the ‘No hub required’ smart plug.
I’ve been using Insteon switches so far, mainly to run my coffee machine every morning and for seasonal use of lighting up the Christmas tree.? The Insteon switches have worked well except they were dimmer versions vs regular on/off modules (as supplied in the starter kit I bought when I got started with this smart home addiction).? They required being told to go 100%/off vs on/off as commands with Alexa and also required control via the Insteon Home hub which at times did not respond to Alexa’s commands.
The MOCREO model was an attractive option as it stated no hub required plus it worked with Alexa and Google Assistant and I have both running at the moment.
Here’s what arrived in the mail.
The device is a compact lengthwise orientation shape which lends itself great towards two devices sitting in wall sockets.? The smart plug is well constructed and has a small LED on the bottom lefthand side that acts as the setup light as well as the on/off indicator.? A manual override switch can be found on the left side to switch on the plug if needed.? Something to note, if you toggle the power on any connected device the smart plug will not power up like some other ones like Insteon – you have to click the side button to toggle power on/off.? ?This is not a grumble but an observation/difference.
The smart plug comes with a little instruction manual – the text is very small in the fold-out book.? The saving grace for this is the QR code that you can scan with your phone that takes you straight to the download for the application that will take you through the pretty painless process.
I did experience a few issues getting the plug?detected but after a couple of retries the unit appeared and configured as expected.
One important thing to remember if your network has multiple wireless frequencies – make sure you set up your smart home devices on the 2.4Ghz frequency.? This is also highlighted in the documentation
Once you have the smart plug configured within the Smart Life app you can get started with Smart Home setup via your Alexa App!? Simply load up your Alexa app on your phone and then go to the?Skills option in the menu and search for the Smart Life skill.? Install the skill and then enter your credentials to finish the setup process.? Once you successfully sign into your account you’ll be prompted to have Alexa scan for new devices and sure enough, your new smart plug will be online – see the Coffee smart plug shown below in the list of devices.
Your set up is now complete – all in all a pretty painless process!!
Alexa is now in control of my morning caffeine?addiction with a simple ‘Alexa, coffee on!‘
The MOCREO?Mini Smart Plug is available on Amazon for $19.99?- look out for a $3 coupon available on this device!
If you would like more information on the app or general configuration give us a shout in the comments section!
Side note: I have the smart plug connected to a?Mr. Coffee 12 cup machine?with a simple on/off switch vs. using a smarter coffee machine with timer functions, etc.