Smart home solutions make life easier – even the small and invisible ones, like electrical sockets. Gosund EP2 and its review is a good example of this.
The addition is compatible with many programs and voice assistants, including Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Google Home, Gosund, Smart Life, TUYA, thanks to which remote operation of connected devices is possible. I’m currently using Apple Home (it doesn’t see the socket), so I haven’t checked this function, but the app control alone is enough to control the house remotely. Well, maybe not with one hole, but it’s always a good start.
Gosund Test EP2 – table of contents
- easy setup and network pairing
- easy to use application
- compact dimensions of the device
- application control
- coordinate settings, events and work with Google Home and Alexa
- monitoring of energy consumption
- it does not lose network and works reliably
- it only works on 2.4GHz network
- the program could be more refined
- not for people who would like to do it themselves – the structure is not disassembled
- The LED is quite powerful, it gives a lot of light at night
Gosund EP2 review – overview
The Gosund EP2 socket is an invisible, but very important part of a smart home system. It is distinguished by its simple configuration and ease of use. They are worth considering when you want to have more control over the selected home appliances and the electricity you use.
Installation and construction of the socket
In the compact box, you will find a socket and instructions – and that’s it. But in fact, the device does not need anything else to start.
The construction of the hole itself is also laconic. It is made of white heat-resistant material and includes a plug, sealing panel and ON/OFF button. The socket has a grounding pin hole at the bottom, and side clips at the front. Fits most Polish sockets.
When turned on, LEDs around the plug panel are exposed, which glow blue or green – and we have no control over how they glow. I would prefer to be able to set a low level or turn off the brightness completely.
Additional parameters are as follows:
- Example: EP2
- Voltage range: 230V-50/60Hz
- Rated Current: 10A
- Wi-Fi Frequency: 2.4GHz
- Output Power: 2300W
- Other: ground pit, Gosund use, fire resistant PVC material
Gosund EP2 in practice
The socket is compact and does not take up space. I could put them on the belt next to the other plugs and the charger and they fit easily. The assembly itself is one thing – just insert it into the socket, and then connect the target device that we want to monitor or control.
The configuration itself turned out to be quick and easy, because from the hardware level it is enough to connect the socket and start the configuration process using only a physical button. The rest is done through software. It is important to note that the device only works in the 2.4 GHz network, which may be more convenient if you prefer to use the 5 GHz band, but at least you do not need a hub to work.
I looked at the comments on the Internet about this product and it seems that there may be communication problems, although I have not seen anything like that. Restoring the factory settings is done by pressing the button on the socket for 8 seconds, which can be a problem when it is placed somewhere behind a piece of furniture or in a place that is difficult to reach.
The socket passed the test. First, I used it for the aquarium, especially until the pump started, because I don’t like it when it works at night. I checked how it could handle the device with high power – it worked without any problems with a 2200 W kettle. Then I used it to control the light – I didn’t want to wake up in the evening to turn it off, so I did it with a smartphone.
All that is necessary for the socket to work is a Wi-Fi network and a smartphone with an installed application.
Synchronize the network
The Gosund app is available in the App Store and Google Play. After installing and running it, you need to create an account, then turn on the plug and place it near the router when connecting. Then press and hold the ON/OFF button for 5 seconds and release it when the plug lights up. This is a pairing mode. The device can be added automatically or manually by following the program’s instructions. The socket is connected without problems.
Monitoring of power consumption
The socket also works as a wattmeter, monitoring the power consumption of the devices connected to it from your smartphone. It supports devices up to 2500 W. And, according to the manufacturer, it can be the best way to save electricity.
This is done by a program with which you can check the energy consumption of the connected devices. The Gosund EP2 socket can be set in such a way that the equipment starts at a certain time and does not work unnecessarily when it is not needed. This is possible due to work schedules.
The main thing is the ability to create a work schedule. Just set the time and days to turn the socket on and off. Up to 30 events can be set. This can be useful during a trip, so you don’t show that the house is empty.
The socket gets hot during operation. It’s not hot, but I wouldn’t call it cold either. However, in terms of safety, it can be added that the hole is made of high-strength materials and the house is hot. For two weeks when I used it, there were no problems in this regard.
Alexa and Google Home
The extension can also be connected to Alexa. Here the manufacturer has prepared a video instruction:
The Gosund EP2 socket can also be connected to Google Home:
Price Gosund EP2
Sockets are not an expensive investment – their price in Polish stores or on e-commerce platforms usually does not exceed PLN 55. At the link below you will find them at a low, promotional price.
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