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HolidayBuyer's Guide

The ConnectSense Smart Outlet

A Wi-Fi Plug

HomeKit app controls

Scenes and Triggers

Setup

The Nightlight

USB charging

Physical buttons

A competent HomeKit Plug

The Siri-controlled Outlet from GridConnect features independent controls for each outlet and an app that works with all of your HomeKit products.

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Connect the outlet to your home's Wi-Fi network, then plug in anything you'd like to be able to control with your phone.

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The app lets you organize the plugs and any other HomeKit devices you own into the buckets designated by Apple's system, such as Rooms and Zones.

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You can also use the app to set up scenes, letting you control multiple devices with a single voice command such as "good morning." Finally, the app even offers triggers so you can schedule your lights or tie them into "if this, then that" rules involving your other HomeKit devices.

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Setup is easy. Plug in your outlet and you'll be ready to go.

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The side of the outlet doubles as a night light.

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You can also charge your phone in the outlet via the USB port.

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The buttons on the side let you control each outlet manually.

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The $80 Grid Connect ConnectSense Smart Outlet plays the part of a HomeKit smart lock well.

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