TP-Link’s new smart outlet is actually an outlet — and that’s why it’s smart

This summer, I replaced every single power outlet in my house with a tamper-resistant one. You do things like that when you’ve got a curious two-year-old.

But I kind of wish I’d waited — because TP-Link is quietly making a smart outlet that could let me control my wall sockets with a tap on my phone. Or with Alexa / Google Assistant voice controls, which I personally prefer.

I’m talking about the TP-Link Kasa KP200 Smart Wi-Fi Power Outlet, which just passed through the FCC’s certification database this morning. It hasn’t yet been formally announced, so we’re not sure when (or even if) it’ll arrive or what it’ll cost, but the user manual shows that it’s a genuine one-gang, two-socket, three-prong power outlet you can control with a…

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