Energenie Starter Set (can use Alexa) [gateway/hub + 3 smart plugs] £42.12 at Amazon (free p&p)
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Energenie Starter Set (can use Alexa) [gateway/hub + 3 smart plugs] £42.12 at Amazon (free p&p)

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Edited by:"mobilez"Found 26th Oct
  • 3 Smart Plugs
  • 1 control hub (MiHome Gateway)
  • 1 remote control (wireless, not IR/infrared)
  • additional smart plugs less than £10 each
    (current Amazon price £22.39 inc delivery for 3 more plugs)
  • iOS and Android apps are available
  • easy to setup
  • control using Alexa or use the app (from anywhere in the world)
  • can use the remote when phone not nearby


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Original Poster

terriclarkfan23 m ago

Bedroom fan on/off.



ant300027 m ago

Heat! Although I never really figured a use for plugs besides switching …Heat! Although I never really figured a use for plugs besides switching the Xmas tree lights on and off?




Other possible uses:
- boil the kettle (fill the kettle, turn kettle on but socket off... turn on socket when required)
- electric blanket (turn it on from the lounge!)
- restarting your router (especially if it's in the loft/attic!)
- use a timer in the app to cut power to your tumble dryer automatically at night
- turn on the heater in your garage/workshop/office in advance
- iron or hair straighteners (get them warmed up in advance)
- iron or hair straighteners (can't remember if you turned them off before you left the house?!)
- turn on lights/radios etc when you're arriving home later than expected
- turn on the slow cooker while you're still at work
- turn off the kids' TV automatically at 8pm
- turn TV/lamp off at a certain time (eg if you usually fall asleep with them on)

I have used remote plugs for years, and upgraded to this kit last Christmas. I'm dissapointed because there is no feedback in the plugs, which means that the hub fires the "on" command, but does not know if the plug has actually switched on. Think about pressing the remote control and the corresponding device does not work, you have to move the remote or press the button again. This means that frequently programmed actions do not turn on as planned. You return home to find your light NOT on, or your lamp does NOT turn off when you ask Alexa to do it. You need to upgrade to the more expensive plugs to get this feedback loop so the hub knows if the plug as actually switched on when the command is fired.
Edited by: "smala01" 26th Oct
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Heat! Although I never really figured a use for plugs besides switching the Xmas tree lights on and off?

Pretty good price. BT direct are doing it for the same but there is a delivery charge.
The gateway looks easy to setup but if you get a technical problem like I have then it doesn't work at all. Plus energenie support is not very forthcoming.

ant30004 m ago

Heat! Although I never really figured a use for plugs besides switching …Heat! Although I never really figured a use for plugs besides switching the Xmas tree lights on and off?


Bedroom fan on/off.

Original Poster

Current prices elsewhere (including p&p):

BT Shop - £42.12 (but they only have 1 in stock so I didn't post this)
CPC - £59.40
Energenie - £79.99
Electrical Direct - £69.60
Screwfix - £79.99

ant300011 m ago

Heat! Although I never really figured a use for plugs besides switching …Heat! Although I never really figured a use for plugs besides switching the Xmas tree lights on and off?

For me, my home cctv cameras which hang and turning the amp which is under the stairs off so the music only comes out of my headphones.

jonnhooper2 m ago

For me, my home cctv cameras which hang and turning the amp which is under …For me, my home cctv cameras which hang and turning the amp which is under the stairs off so the music only comes out of my headphones.

Oh yeah and rebooting my powerline adapters to the garage and the loft which hang as well

Original Poster

terriclarkfan23 m ago

Bedroom fan on/off.



ant300027 m ago

Heat! Although I never really figured a use for plugs besides switching …Heat! Although I never really figured a use for plugs besides switching the Xmas tree lights on and off?




Other possible uses:
- boil the kettle (fill the kettle, turn kettle on but socket off... turn on socket when required)
- electric blanket (turn it on from the lounge!)
- restarting your router (especially if it's in the loft/attic!)
- use a timer in the app to cut power to your tumble dryer automatically at night
- turn on the heater in your garage/workshop/office in advance
- iron or hair straighteners (get them warmed up in advance)
- iron or hair straighteners (can't remember if you turned them off before you left the house?!)
- turn on lights/radios etc when you're arriving home later than expected
- turn on the slow cooker while you're still at work
- turn off the kids' TV automatically at 8pm
- turn TV/lamp off at a certain time (eg if you usually fall asleep with them on)

Are there smart plugs that dont require a hub? Thanks

5Rivers794 m ago

Are there smart plugs that dont require a hub? Thanks


Pretty sure my tplink ones work independently of any hub. You set them up using a tplink app on your phone.

5Rivers794 m ago

Are there smart plugs that dont require a hub? Thanks

Yes there are look at the tp link range of smart plugs. They don't require a hub but are more expensive than these I have a couple and they work flawlessly.

ant30001 h, 50 m ago

Heat! Although I never really figured a use for plugs besides switching …Heat! Although I never really figured a use for plugs besides switching the Xmas tree lights on and off?



Good for a heated blanket in winter. We use ours but due to the slight possibility of the app switching the plug on and it staying on due to a connection error with the app, we also put an old clock type timer on the plug.

So the heated blanket is plugged into the timer and the timer is set for half an hour, and then the timer is plugged into the remote plug. So electric blanket works, and only runs for 30 minutes regardless of if app goes haywire. (it never has, but id rather be safe than sorry)

I have used remote plugs for years, and upgraded to this kit last Christmas. I'm dissapointed because there is no feedback in the plugs, which means that the hub fires the "on" command, but does not know if the plug has actually switched on. Think about pressing the remote control and the corresponding device does not work, you have to move the remote or press the button again. This means that frequently programmed actions do not turn on as planned. You return home to find your light NOT on, or your lamp does NOT turn off when you ask Alexa to do it. You need to upgrade to the more expensive plugs to get this feedback loop so the hub knows if the plug as actually switched on when the command is fired.
Edited by: "smala01" 26th Oct

I've had loads of remote type stuff over the years and I find the Energenie remote control sockets to be very good, very responsive.

I then bought the hub as I was adding more automation but I returned it within days. It was very slow to act and the connection was a bit flaky. Thinking it was an issue with that particular hub, I exchanged it but the replacement was equally as bad.

Nowhere near the efficiency of other hubs, clearly you get what you pay for in my opinion.

smala0135 m ago

I have used remote plugs for years, and upgraded to this kit last …I have used remote plugs for years, and upgraded to this kit last Christmas. I'm dissapointed because there is no feedback in the plugs, which means that the hub fires the "on" command, but does not know if the plug has actually switched on. Think about pressing the remote control and the corresponding device does not work, you have to move the remote or press the button again. This means that frequently programmed actions do not turn on as planned. You return home to find your light NOT on, or your lamp does NOT turn off when you ask Alexa to do it. You need to upgrade to the more expensive plugs to get this feedback loop so the hub knows if the plug as actually switched on when the command is fired.


This, a million times.

I have 6 Energenie plugs, and 1 Hub. I frequently have issues in that I turn something on via the App / Alexa, and... well.... it just doesn't turn on. It remains off. It also does not confirm that it's on or not.

I also woke up a year ago to the downstairs fire turned on and it was boiling so must have been on for a long time. Not good at all.

Their support is DIRE. They make you jump through hoops, and they talk to you as though you are an idiot on the phone.

Spend slightly more and get working and higher quality products.

These are good when they work!!!

Having invested in these Energenie plugs x9 , purple more expensive feedback plugs x2, sensor x2, extension x1, main hub x1 they get bogged down especially the mobile app, when you click to turn on a lamp and next thing you know the app refreshes and you end up pressing the fan heater on instead grrr.

The best way is use the web interface to turn things on and off as it doesn't seem to suffer the lag. The quality is a bit of a mixed bag, one of my purple plugs emit a high electrical frequency sound which is very annoying, and the energenie remote extension build quaility feels cheap.

If only Xiaomi released their IOT with UK support and plugs I would have bought their version as the price is cheaper and quaility way better.

5Rivers795 h, 59 m ago

Are there smart plugs that dont require a hub? Thanks


Yes the Sonoff plugs don't require a hub, and they're dirt cheap from overseas suppliers (less than £10 per outlet)
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