Krzysztof is a lifelong future tech junkie investigating the latest stories from companies like Apple, Samsung, Google, and Amazon.
What's the Meross Smart Outdoor Plug?
The Meross Smart Outdoor Plug is a multi-functional smart plug that can be controlled through the "Meross" app or via voice through Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant integration.
It comes with two outlets that can be individually controlled and its IP44 water certification means it can withstand most sprays and splashes, making it perfect for your outdoor lighting fixtures.
Input: 90-250V - 50/60Hz; 10A
Output: 90-250V - 50/60Hz; 10A Max Load for Single Outlet; 15A Max for Two Outlets
Dimensions w/no cord: 5.1 x 2.6 x 1.5 (inch)
Power Cord: 7.5 inch
Wireless Standards: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n; 2.4GHz; 1T1R
Waterproof Rating: IP44
Operating Temperatures: -20C to 40C (-4F to 104F)
Storage Temperatures: -40C to 70C (-40F to 158F)
What's Included: Smart WiFi Outdoor Plug; Quick Installation Guide
Smartphone Requirements: iOS 9 or higher - Android 4.1 or higher - 2.4GHz WiFi Network Only
How to Set Up
The package comes with a quick guide that makes it very easy to setup.
Quick Installation Guide
- Download the Meross app.
- Plug smart device into an outlet near main Wi-Fi.
- Open Meross app and follow the setup wizard.
- After configuration is complete, you may relocate plug to desired outlet.
Keep in mind that the device will only work with a 2.4GHz network, so if you have a dual network router, you may have to disable the higher band. Furthermore, the smart plug should be located near your main Wi-Fi during setup; it can be changed after setup completion.
Pay close attention to the LED indicators as they're used to specify Wi-Fi pairing, resetting, firmware upgrades, and on/off settings.
LED Indicator Descriptions
- Rapid Flashing: Initialization - W-Fi connecting mode - Reset - Firmware upgrading mode
- Slow Flashing: Configuration mode
- Solid Red: No internet connection
- Solid Green: Socket is on
- No Light: Outlet unplugged - Socket is off
You can manually press the power button to turn on/off the sockets. You can also reset the device by holding down the power button for five seconds until the LED flashes red rapidly.
How to Program With Meross App
The Meross app makes it simple to organize your new devices to do a variety of things.
Below are some of my favorite app features:
- On/off Schedules
- Separate Switch Controls
- Help Support Page
When you go to the scenes page (double petal tab), you get a variety of different scenes to choose from including wake/sleep, work leave/arrival, and several other modes.
Through scenes, you can simultaneously toggle multiple smart devices for any occasion with just a simple click. This is very handy for those who have numerous smart lights, plugs, and other gadgets.
The clock tab will take you into routines where you can create auto timers that will turn off your connected devices after an x amount of time.
And with two outlets, you can program each one to turn off at different times as well as repeat what days to shut off.
Schedules are a basic way to tell when and what time your devices should go on or off, which is super convenient for auto controlling outdoor fixtures.
And as with timers, you can repeat the schedule for each outlet.
There's even a sunrise/sunset option that will use your location to determine when the device should turn on/off, which will pair really well with holiday lighting.
Separate Switch Controls
I've already talked about them enough, but I can't get enough of these double outlets.
This is the first time I've used a 2-in-1 smart plug where each outlet can be programmed individually whether it's through the app or with Alexa/Google Assistant commands.
To toggle a switch in the Meross app, just click on the device icon and choose which one you'd like to control. Additionally, if you're unsure about which switch controls what, then there are labels on the smart plug that will tell you what number your device is plugged into.
Help Support Page
The help page includes voice assistant pairing info, firmware, and app updates (if needed), a feedback button, and a Q & A page for the most commonly asked inquiries.
It's a one-stop shop for everything confusing with detailed help sections that are easy to understand.
In case you missed it, below are what I believe to be the most coveted features of the Meross Smart Outdoor Plug.
5 Best Features
- Two Individual Outlets
- Meross App & Customer Support
- IP44 Waterproof Rating
- Voice Assistant Consolidation
- Manual Power Button
Two Individual Outlets
Two is better than one, and you're getting double the functionality for the price.
The outlets themselves act like two individual smart plugs, and they can be controlled in multiple ways. With voice assistants, I was pleasantly surprised that Alexa and Google let me control each outlet individually by including the "switch 1+2" device names.
All I had to say was "Alexa, turn off/on switch 1/2" and voila!
I could also choose to turn on/off both outlets by saying, "Alexa, turn off/on smart plug," and of course the device names could always be changed.
Meross App & Customer Support
The product's Meross app is so intuitive and simple that it might be my favorite smart device app.
I've also heard a lot of great things about their customer service, which is something that a lot of larger companies lack. So if you have any questions or concerns, then please don't hesitate to contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IP44 Waterproof Rating
The IP44 rating on the plug's housing will protect it from sprays/splashes, dust, hot/cold temperatures, and humid conditions.
This makes it perfect for outdoor lighting, sprinkler systems, porch lights, pumps, Christmas lights, fountains, and other plug-in exterior appliances just as long as you don't exceed the max power load.
Moreover, try to keep your outdoor plug elevated to avoid water submersion as IP44 doesn't mean 100% waterproof; extreme climates are a no-no too.
Voice Assistant Consolidation
The Meross outdoor plug works with two of the most popular voice assistants around, and they aren't afterthoughts.
Both are easy to set up; just search for and download the Meross skill and link the app to your Google and Alexa accounts. Once your plug/s are added, you can change the device names (three total), place them into groups, or create routines.
I've tested Google & Alexa, and they work remarkably well. Voice control isn't a must, but it absolutely adds a layer of usefulness for those times when your smartphone is out of reach.
Manual Power Button
If all else fails, then at least you get a manual button to turn everything on/off.
It's such a minor add-on but often makes all the difference, and while a manual button technically eliminates the "smarts" in a smart device, it's still really nice to have especially when the internet goes down.
The complaints listed underneath are meant to address customer concerns and are predominately taken from the Amazon product review pages.
4 Biggest Complaints
- Lacks Wi-Fi Range
- Breaks Easily
- Burns Out Quickly
- Loses Connection Frequently
Lacks Wi-Fi Range
Some reviewers said it had great range, others not so much, which makes me think this has more to do with your router setup than the plug itself.
I've used the plug about 15-20 feet away from my main router, and it worked great, so I'm guessing this will vary greatly from person to person.
The plug looks & feels sturdy enough and the cable is pretty insulated, but I can see how it can get weathered down over months of use.
I think if you're cautious then it should be fine, but I can't say with certainty until I've had the product for a while.
Burns Out Quickly
The burnout complaints were most likely due to power excess, water immersion, or extreme temperatures.
Certainly, there could be other reasons as to why this happens, but the ones above are generally the most common. Perhaps their next version should support a 15A single outlet.
Loses Connection Frequently
This could be related to the Wi-Fi range, or perhaps you're not paying your bill (kidding), but maybe it is the device.
However before you demand a refund, reset and reconfigure the smart plug near your main router. Double-check your Wi-Fi settings and if you're using a dual-band router, disable the higher bands (smart plug only works with 2.4GHz settings).
If none of that works, then contact Meross to solve the issue or get a refund/replacement.
After thoroughly assessing the Meross smart outdoor plug, I feel confident enough to give my own score.
I would award the Meross Smart Outdoor Plug w/2 Outlets 4 out of 5 stars.
The dual outlets trump the single-use ones, the app is excellent, the voice controls are terrific, and its durability makes it perfect for the outdoors.
So far I've had no difficulty setting up and configuring the device, but I'll be sure to update this review if anything comes up. I'll pay close attention to the negative reviews and see for myself if they're accurate.
For now, I would recommend this product to all smart home enthusiasts and first-time buyers. I believe all consumers will find some use for this product even if it's to control a single device.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Questions & Answers
Question: Would you by any chance know the maximum number of devices that can be added to the Meross app?
Answer: I don't believe there's an actual limit. Currently, I have about 10 devices that are on the app. But if there is a limit, then you can always create a second account.
Krzysztof Willman (author) from Parlin, New Jersey on August 23, 2018:
Thank you very much, yes I'm most likely to use them during the holidays.
FlourishAnyway from USA on August 21, 2018:
I could see the multiple uses for this, especially with seasonal holiday lights. Your reviews are always thorough and trustworthy.
Krzysztof Willman (author) from Parlin, New Jersey on August 18, 2018:
Thank you so much, I too wonder if it's the product that's defective or how people use it. I've read so many reviews over the years and more often than not, an issue was caused due to misuse of a product.
Liz Westwood from UK on August 16, 2018:
This is another detailed and excellent review. I would be a little wary of this if it breaks easily, but I wonder how it was being used to make it break. I guess with any review on Amazon you get a real mix of good and bad views on a product.