Are you looking for the best smart outlet? Anyone who remembers the X-10 series of remote control devices also remembers how easy they were to use \u2014 just plug them into your AC outlet and control lights and other household devices using buttons on a control panel or a key fob. But it didn\u2019t really catch on because it was limited in what it could do.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSo why does D-Link\u2019s Wi-FI Smart Plug and Wi-Fi Motion Sensor succeed? First because they continue this mode of simplicity in form and function. But mostly because they rely on a home network as their connection, which opens up the means for a wide range of options and remote control over distance. For outdoor areas, read about the best wifi outdoor outlet.\r\n\r\nFirst though I looked at the Smart Plug and saw that its 3 prong (grounded) plug was unremarkable \u2014 meaning that it could fit in any conventional wall outlet. It\u2019s basically an On\/Off switch, so any normal device can be plugged into it and activated \u2014 such as a lamp or box fan. It\u2019s not something that you\u2019d want to use with a coffee maker though, unless you had already filled it with the needed coffee and water. What I\u2019m saying is that it\u2019s designed to be used with devices that can be sensibly turned on and off as a matter of course.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe Smart Plug takes its power from the outlet to run its built-in WiFi transmission system which is to be connected to the home network.This is done quickly either using the WPS button or via the free app (if the router doesn\u2019t come equipped for this). D-Link also builds in thermal protection which is VERY sensible, and which will kill the power should it sense an appliance overheating. It could happen.\r\n\r\nHaving connected a table lamp to the Smart Plug, with it now integrated with my home network, I brought up the app and used it as a \u201cremote\u201d to turn the lamp on and then off. The real value comes from creating a schedule, which in this case would mean having the lamp go on while I was out to give the impression that I was home. But as it has been really hot, I instead connected a box fan to the Smart Plug and had it scheduled to go on at 4:50 PM that day as I was going to be out and expected to be back around five. I got back at 5:06 and the fan was running merrily. So yes it works once scheduled, and no the app doesn\u2019t have to be running to have a scheduled event occur. The next day I tried turning the table lamp (which had replaced the fan as being connected to the Smart Plug) on and off a few times from the Dentist\u2019s office and later got a disapproving stare from my wife when I got home. You would think that she\u2019d be used to me doing things like this by now.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe app also allows the Smart Plug to provide specific information, such as the temperature in the room and the power usage it is conveying. But to add to its use, couple it with D-Link\u2019s Wi-Fi Motion Sensor. First a word about the sensor: similar in size to the plug but featuring a sensor \u201cball\u201d in front, it plugs into a wall outlet and has a similar setup as that of the Smart Plug. The detection range is 26 feet (aprox), so it can cover a fair range of space. I tried plugging into the outlet next to the TV and downloaded its app (mydlink Home which can also be used with the Smart Plug). I then set it up to send me a push notification when anyone crossed its angle of path (I preferred this over receiving a text message). I tried walking past it and yep, got notified.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nI also had my wife try it while I was out shopping and yep, again it worked and I got the message even though I was miles away. There\u2019s no denying that the Motion Sensor is a one-trick pony, but it\u2019s a very good and useful one. Especially when coupled with the Smart Plug, since them it can be used as an motion-activated On\/Off switch that can provide many useful opportunities (such as turning on the lights when you get home as you enter or starting a recorder going to see just what the dogs are up to when you\u2019re not there).\r\n\r\nBottom line: Both the Wi-Fi Smart Plug and the Wi-Fi Motion Sensor have their place in today\u2019s connected home. But besides being simple to operate, they\u2019re priced for true affordability: $49.99 for the Smart Plug and $39.99 for the Motion Sensor.