Gosund Mini Wifi Smart Plug

Gosund Mini Wifi Smart Plug 1
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Much like the Teckin Smart Plug we reviewed recently, this Gosund product has a cylindrical/circular design, with a button on the side. In fact, it’s near identical in most other ways too, including its compatibility with Google Home, Amazon Alexa and IFTTT.

The similarities don’t stop there though. In fact, if you take a quick look around the web (and on Amazon mostly) you’ll find a wide array of very similar-looking smart plugs each with a different brand name. These appear to be mass-produced and sourced from the same wholesaler before individual branding. For that reason, we won’t be reviewing any more of this type of plug. Sorry, not sorry.

    Pros

  • Works with the SmartLife app, making setup easy.
  • Good budget option, cheaper than some alternatives.
  • Compact design that allows them to fit almost anywhere.

    Cons

  • Issues with the timer functionality, customers reporting it stopping working after a month.
  • Limited to only 2.4GHz WiFi.
  • Concerns over security of the app.
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One thing to bear in mind when setting up these (or any 2.4GHz WiFi smart home tech) is that often to get things to work, the device you’re using to setup your new tech needs to be on the same WiFi signal. That means that if your phone is on the 5GHz band, it won’t be able to detect a device that’s on the 2.4GHz band.

We noticed a lot of frustration in the customer feedback online about this issue, and so we thought it would be best to mention it here. So don’t just sit there thinking “how do I setup my new smart device if it’s not being picked up” – try switching your phone over to the 2.4GHz wavelength and see if that does the trick.

At least one online customer had issues with the durability of this product, stating that 2 out of the 4 ceased working in just 4 months. Another reported the plugs melting – although we can’t necessarily blame the plugs, as the home’s wiring could have been at fault.

The biggest concern with these plugs is the permissions required to use the app. Multiple users voiced their concerns about the type and amount of data that they are allowed to connect.



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