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Monster's kit powers and protects your smart home (pictures)

The Monster Central Power Control Kit gives you an outlet to let you upgrade your formerly dumb appliance.

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The Monster Central Power Control Kit costs $140 and includes a connected plug and a hub. Plug your lamp or entertainment center into Monster's outlet to get energy readings, automated controls with the app, and surge protection. Click through to find out more.

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You can add additional plugs to your system for $70 a piece.

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Download the app, and you can add the plug to your account by scanning the QR code on the back. The process is quick and easy.

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The plug looks long, but the prongs sit at the top so it won't block the other outlet as long as you plug it into the bottom one.

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With our upside-down outlets around the office, I had to use the top plug to avoid blocking the other one.

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Plug your dumb electronic into the bottom of Monster's outlet to connect it.

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The plug needs a hub to access the Internet.

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Plug the hub into a different outlet.

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And attach the hub to your router with an ethernet cord.

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Once that's all done, open up the app and automate.

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You can name your device, and see the energy readings on a gauge or on a chart. If you know why I named my lamp Timothy Stack, you win! I don't know what you win, but probably something good.

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Create rules for the Monster Plug on the Presence Pro App.

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The Presence Pro app functions a lot like IFTTT.

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With the Monster Central Power Control Kit, you can get started with home automation while having the benefit of surge protection.

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