Smart plugs are some of the most essential devices available for all smart home enthusiasts.
Transforming your entire home into a smart home – one that’s completely connected and accessible through your smartphone or voice – is extremely tempting. But there’s only one major consideration – replacing all of your dumb devices with smart ones isn’t just inconvenient but it can also set you back thousands of pesos.
That’s where smart plugs come in.
With Marsh Smart Plugs, you can transform all of your dumb objects into smart devices for just a few hundred pesos. By connecting your products and devices to smart plugs, you can control them through your apps and set schedules. Like set a timer before you wake up and enjoy hot coffee when you get out of bed. And create preset scenes and automate control of multiple switches.
Furthermore, smart plugs aren’t just cheap but they’re also portable, so you can carry your smart home around!
Marsh WiFi Smart Plugs are currently some of the most versatile yet affordable smart plugs on the market. Founded in 2020, the company now specializes in IoT, AI, and smart home design in the Philippines.
In this article, we discuss every single aspect of Marsh smart plugs and explore what sets them apart from other smart plugs.
Different Types of Marsh WiFi Smart Plugs
Marsh WiFi smart plugs are available in two major types based on both style and power. Some Marsh smart plugs are circular whereas others are rectangular; some are rated at 10 Amps while others are rated at 16 Amps. Initially, Marsh WiFi smart plugs are designed for the Philippines and US.
American Standard Plugs
Marsh Smart Wi-Fi Plug 10A US with Power Monitor: 10A rating , input voltage of AC 100V~240V, input frequency 50/60Hz, Wi-Fi connectivity, energy-saving features, schedules, and compatibility with Alexa, Google Home, and IFTTT.
Marsh Smart Wi-Fi Plug 10A US: 10A rating , input voltage of AC 100V~240V, input frequency 50/60Hz, Wi-Fi connectivity, schedules, and compatibility with Alexa, Google Home, and IFTTT.
Marsh Smart Wi-Fi Plug 16A EU: 16A rating , input voltage of AC 100V~240V, input frequency 50/60Hz, Wi-Fi connectivity, schedules, and compatibility with Alexa, Google Home, and IFTTT.
Marsh Smart Wi-Fi Plug 16A EU with LED: 16A rating , input voltage of AC 100V~240V, input frequency 50/60Hz, Wi-Fi connectivity with LED Light, schedules, and compatibility with Alexa, Google Home, and IFTTT.
All you have to do is plug it in, download the Smart Life app on your iOS or Android device, and connect it to your 2.4GHz wireless network. Please note that Marsh WiFi smart plug doesn’t work with a 5GHz wireless network – only 2.4GHz wireless networks are compatible.
The following is an overview of the steps involved in the installation and setup of Marsh WiFi smart plugs:
Search for Smart Life on iOS or Android and install it on your phone. It’s compatible with iOS 8.0 and above and Android 4.4 and above.
Tap ‘Register’ to create an account either using your email address or mobile number.
Make sure your Marsh smart plug is in the AC outlet and that the blue light is glowing.
Tap the ‘+’ icon or the ‘Add Device’ option.
You now have two options to add your Marsh smart plug. You can search for the Marsh smart plug from the ‘Add Manually’ option or you can ‘Auto Scan’. If you tap ‘Auto Scan’, the smartphone app will automatically scan for all the Marsh smart plugs in the area.
Connect your smart plug to a 2.4GHz network.
On the home screen, you can now see a list of all your Marsh smart plugs and their statuses. You can toggle the switch on or off depending on whether you want its connected device to be turned on.
You can also tap on individual plugs to access their settings.
By clicking on the pencil sign on top, you can give custom names to each of the smart plugs.
Once you’re in their settings, you can set up timers and schedules for when the Marsh smart plugs should be turned on or off.
The ‘Smart Scenes’ tab lets you configure several of the smart plugs as a single unit. For example, you can combine the smart plugs in your kitchen as a single ‘scene’, which will let you control all of them with a single tap.
With the ‘Automations’ tab, you can also set up automation based on various conditions like temperature, humidity, sunrise and sunset, weather, and others.
What Can you Do with the Marsh WiFi Smart Plug?
Marsh WiFi smart plugs are extremely cheap, but have enough advanced features to compete with all the best smart plugs on the market. The following is a detailed description of all of Marsh smart plug’s features.
The best (and most obvious) feature of Marsh smart plugs is that they can be remotely controlled through the smartphone app. No matter where you are in the world, you can simply go through your smartphone app to check which devices are turned on or off. As long as your phone is connected to the internet, you can remotely turn your devices on or off from anywhere in the world.
Has it ever happened to you that you went to work and realized you’ve left the heating on? Or you’ve just tucked yourself into bed and you realize the kitchen lights are on? Well, with Marsh smart plug, you don’t have to go all the way back home or step out of bed, you can simply do what is needed through the app!
Marsh WiFi smart plugs are compatible with both Amazon Alexa and Google Home Assistant. As such, you can control your smart plugs through any Alexa or Google Home devices as well. As long as you have at least one related smart speaker or smart hub, you can easily set up these ecosystems for voice controls.
You can also set up both Alexa and Google Home compatibility simultaneously and control your devices using either of them. Let’s say one of your smart plugs is labelled ‘Kitchen Smart Plug 1’ – in that case, you can control it by saying “Alexa, turn on the Kitchen Smart Plug 1” or “Hey Google, turn on the Kitchen Smart Plug 1”. This will instantly turn the necessary smart plug on.
Now that the Marsh smart plugs have been inducted into the Alexa and Google Home ecosystems, you can also avail of some of their features. For example, you can set up routines to trigger a chain of functions with a single command.
When it comes to voice control, one of the biggest issues with this smart plug is the lack of compatibility with Apple HomeKit, which means you can’t voice control it with Siri. As such, it may not be the ideal smart plug for hardcore Apple consumers.
Schedules & Timers
One of the standard features of smart plugs is the ability to create schedules and timers. Marsh WiFi smart plugs perform these functions beautifully, allowing you to set schedules and timers conveniently without any hassle.
The timer function is useful when you want the smart plug to turn on or off within a period of time. For example, let’s say you’re baking and your oven is connected to your smart plug – in this case, you can use the smartphone app to set up a 30-minute timer to ensure the oven turns off. This saves you the trouble of having to be mindful of the working oven.
Schedules are different from timers because they don’t relate to a specific countdown or period of time. You can set schedules to perform certain routine actions at specific times in the day. For example, let’s say you want all the lights in the house to turn on promptly at 5pm, when it gets dark, you can set that schedule for all the relevant smart plugs. You can likewise schedule them to turn off at 11pm or 12pm or any time you choose.
Schedules and timers are the best means of powering your devices on and off automatically without actively monitoring them. This is also really helpful because it helps you conserve energy by making sure all your devices turn off automatically at specific times even if you forget.
One of Marsh smart plug’s best and most advanced features is the ability to create Scenes. On the Smart Life app, you’ll find a tab called ‘Scenes’. This allows you to set up a group for several smart plugs to perform a specific action.
It also allows you to create groups based on various features or functions. You can create groups based on location like ‘Bedroom’, ‘Kitchen’, ‘Bathroom’, etc. This will let you control all of the smart plugs in a specific room with a single tap.
You can also create Scenes like ‘Morning’, ‘Sunset’, ‘Night’, ‘Away’, etc. This will allow you to create specific functions pertaining to these moments. For example, you can group all the smart plugs connected to the lamps into a single scene called ‘Sunset’ and schedule them to turn on at 5pm.
Basically, the Scenes feature is an extremely convenient means of controlling several devices at the same time.
One of the most surprising features of the Marsh smart plug is the ability to set automated functions. In most cheap smart plugs, you can only set schedules and timers based on time.
However, with Marsh smart plugs, you can create specific actions based on triggers like temperature, humidity, weather, and sunrise and sunset. Furthermore, the specification goes even deeper. Within Weather, you can set up actions for triggers like Rainy Day, Sunny Day, Overcast Day, and Snowy Day.
All things considered, Marsh WiFi smart plugs are certainly the best indoor smart plugs on the Philippines market that perfectly balance affordability with advanced features.