When I first got into setting up my smart home, one thing that I was looking for was a way to remotely control things like lamps and small appliances in my kitchen (awesome way to wake up to fresh coffee!)
One brand that I looked at was Zuli. Now, I have since moved on to Kasa plugs, but I still wanted to share my experiences here. And I thought that you may also want to try out these cool little smart plugs for your home automation set ups.
Keep on reading if you want to set up a Zuli Smartplug with Homekit! Learn about the Zuli Smartplug, how it works, and how to set it up.
The Zuli Smartplug can detect when you’re in the room. You can adjust the response latency and Presence settings to customize your Zuli’s actions.
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What Is The Zuli Smartplug?
You can control things like lighting and schedules. The plug provides energy usage data and associated costs based on your monthly usage. This smart plug lets you keep a close eye on your energy usage and calculate your carbon footprint.
The Zuli Smartplug works on Bluetooth LE, creating a mesh network. If your Zuli smart plugs are all connected, you can set up a system that automatically turns on lights when you enter a dark room.
Another feature is a motion sensor that costs nearly as much as the smart plug. If you’re not a techie like me, you may want to consider the Zuli Smartplug if you’d like to avoid a hefty monthly bill that seems to be going up more these days.
Does the Zuli Work With Homekit?
Yes. The Zuli Smartplug is compatible with Apple HomeKit devices and Nest. Although it doesn’t work with Android devices, it can also be used with the Nest app. The app allows you to schedule and control your smart appliances for voice contol. It can even set up timers on multiple devices, making it an ideal gift for the holiday season.
I did find a few limitations, but it’s worth checking out if you’re looking for an innovative outlet.
The Zuli Smartplug plugs into a standard outlet and lets you control any plugged-in device. You can set the device to turn on or off automatically or dim it. And you can control it with a timer. It can even detect when you enter and leave a room. Whether at home or away, it’ll automatically control your preferred devices.
The Zuli smart plug was launched last September and now includes the Philips Hue smart bulbs. It also tracks the power use of connected devices. Despite its limitations, we were impressed with its overall performance and the companion app.
It’s not perfect, but it’s already enough to justify its price. So if you’re in the market for a smart plug, consider buying one.
The Zuli Smartplug is a solid performer. During testing, we experienced no connectivity issues with the device. It was responsive to commands on both iOS and Android. And its low price makes it an attractive choice if you’re looking for deep discounts.
It also has a few drawbacks, including the lack of energy monitoring functionality. But overall, it’s a great option if you’re looking for a smart plug and a Homekit-compatible device.
How To Set Up Zuili With Homekit
Setting up a Zuli Smartplug is simple, but it requires a little technical know-how. The plug detects when you’re home or away using its built-in location sensors.
The plug automatically adjusts its brightness according to your preferences, and it can also recognize abandoned rooms and turn off the lights. Over time, this device will learn your habits and get smarter.
To set up Zuli Smartplug with Homekit, you must first put it into the correct power mode. Then, set your Zuli Smartplug to detect your presence. This way, you can control whether or not it turns on and off when you enter or leave the room. Then, you can program your Zuli Smartplug with various presets, such as the response latency.
The next step is to download the iHome Control app on your phone. The app is easy to use and allows you to toggle your connected devices on and off. You can create new rooms, group devices, and assign specific scenes.
Next, you just need to plug the Zuili into a power outlet in your home. Make sure the plug doesn’t obstruct any power outlets. Then, follow the on-screen steps to finish the setup by connecting the plug to your router with your phone’s Bluetooth capabilities.
The plug uses your WiFi network to connect to the iHome Control hub. When setting up Zuili with Homekit, keeping your network’s password security is essential to avoid intruders accessing your home automation system.
And with all this, you can get all the smart plugs you want to control from the comfort of your home. If unsatisfied with the app’s functionality, you can always use the Home app to make your life easier.