Review of Oittm Smart Outdoor Outlet (Works With Amazon Alexa & Google Home)
The Oittm Smart Outdoor Outlet
The item's hardened weather/impact resistant build is excellent for first time smart home buyers, and it's a great companion piece for long time smart consumers.
Oittm's line up of products has impressed me thus, but do they fit into the lifestyle of the average customer and is their latest gadget worth the nearly $30 price tag?
Well let me share my experiences with it, and hopefully that'll make your purchasing decision a little bit easier.
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Waterproof Level: IP44
Working Voltage: AC 90-250V
Max Current: 15A
Rated Voltage: 125V
Working Temperature: -20 to 45C (-4 to 113F)
Weight: 6.25 oz.
Dimensions: 2.5 x 1.3 x 4.7 (inch)
Remote Control: Smartphone App (Compatible with Android 4.1 & iOS 8.0 and up)
Package Includes: 1x Outdoor Outlet; 1x User Manual
How Does the Oittm Smart Outlet Work?
The setup for the Oittm Smart Outdoor Outlet is nearly identical to the company's Smart Plug Mini, which I recently reviewed.
One new thing that the user manual will tell you to do is download the Oittm Smart app (green with "O" symbol) vs. the Smart Life (blue logo with house) app. I tried to set up the outlet using each app, and they both worked fine.
Additionally these devices don't support 5GHz WiFi networks, so you may have to turn off the higher network before you attempt to connect it to your router.
Smart Outdoor Outlet Guidelines to Follow
- Slow flashing red light on outlet means no internet connection
- Rapidly blinking red light means the device is in pairing mode (ready to connect to WiFi)
- The user manual has a scannable QR code that will allow you to download the correct app
- Make sure your device is fully connected to the app before connecting to Alexa or Google Home
- If you're a new Echo or Google Home user, then set up those assistants prior to pairing them with new smart gadgets
- You can select any "device type" when adding a new device from the app
- To connect Oittm products to IFTTT, you must search for the "Smart Life" service
- To pair with Alexa or the Google Assistant, link your Smart Life account to the Smart Life skill/service (Oittm Smart app not available)
- You can always edit the name of your outlet through the app or in the Google Home/Alexa app
- Smart products can be grouped together for multi-control in the Alexa app's smart home settings or in the Google Home's home control settings
- Follow user manual instructions carefully
The step by step instructions in the manual are easy to follow, but it may take a few minutes to set up. Once your device is connected to your router, you can manually turn on/off the outlet by pressing the power button.
If this is your first time setting up an Oittm product, then give it 20-30 minutes before pairing it with Alexa or the Google Assistant. Sometimes when you try to link to the Smart Life app on either assistant, the outlet won't show up on their settings right away. If that happens with Alexa, tell her to "discover your devices".
It took me about 8-10 minutes to connect the outdoor plug with everything, but if you're still having trouble, then please view the YouTube clip above. The reviewer does an excellent job showing how to connect the smart outlet to your router and how it could be used outdoors.
The Oittm smart outlet has a lot of good things going for it, but its best features are what makes it feel fresh.
5 Best Features
- IP44 Water Protection
- Smart Extender
- Indoor/Outdoor Controls (No Hub Required)
- Weather Resistant
- Replaces Standard Lighting Timers
IP44 Water Protection
The product is rated IP44, which means it can deal with water spray and damp conditions as well as function in extreme temperatures (-20 to 45°C range). That tough combo makes it ideal for outside usage, hence the name "outdoor outlet".
Oittm also recommends that you install the unit at least 1.4 meters (4.6 feet) above ground with the receptacle facing downward to avoid risking water immersion. Spray proof doesn't mean water proof, so don't get too carried way. In my testing I found that the closer the outlet is to your home, the better.
The seven inch cord turns what would be a standard smart plug into a mini extender, which is great if you need that extra reach to control various lights and appliances.
I think the extension would be particularly good at controlling your holiday lights, Christmas tree lights, or nearby porch lights. And if the reach isn't long enough, then you can always attach it to a regular extender and control devices that way.
Furthermore you can use it with an outdoor splitter for multiple plugs as long as the total load doesn't exceed 2000W.
Indoor/Outdoor Controls (No Hub Required)
With voice and remote control (app) functionality and no added gear (hub) required, it's a breeze to program the outlet from anywhere.
You could even schedule when you want the outlet to turn on/off or use IFTTT services to match the controls with the daily sunrise/sunset times.
Remote controls may not sound like a big deal, but you'd be surprised just how convenient they are during cold, hot or stormy weather.
The outlet's housing was built to last with ABS fireproof material, splash-proof protection, and impact resistance.
Upon unboxing I immediately noticed how durable the housing was, and its durability was in line with other Oittm products that I've tested.
Unlike with more fragile products, I don't think I'll ever have to worry about leaving this outlet outside for days on end.
Replaces Standard Lighting Timers
Smart timers are much better than dumb timers, and finally we have reliable gadgets that tech and non-tech consumers will enjoy using.
With a solid design and convenient accessibility, programming your lights has never been easier. Oittm's smart outlets will let you schedule when and how often you want the timers to go off vs. traditional timers that have to be manually reset every time they go off.
In today's rapidly changing world, traditional timers just don't make sense anymore especially when smart products are becoming cheaper and more practical to use.
Why waste time when you no longer have to.
I have scoured through dozens of negative reviews on Amazon, and there were several themes that I've noticed.
Biggest Customer Complaints
Frequent WiFi Disconnection
- Stopped Working After a Few Months
- Didn't Work With Dual Networks
- Poor App Integration
Unfortunately I haven't had the product long enough to tackle most of these complaints, but I'll attempt to analyze them as best as I can.
Frequent WiFi Disconnection & Didn't Work With Dual Networks
For the short time that I had this product, I haven't had any WiFi issues despite owning a dual network router. The outlet managed to operate just fine and automatically got onto the 2GHz WiFi network.
In the manual they recommend turning off the 5GHz network when pairing, but that may not solve the problem due to variations among routers, your ISP, and the home's connection stability.
Stopped Working After a Few Months & Unreliable
Most customers say it stopped working after a few months, so that's something that I'll have to test out over time.
The critical reviews that I came across said that the outlet stopped working after 4-6 months, which would absolutely be a concern if true. On their Amazon page they do say it has a 2-year warranty, so that makes things a little better if it fails.
We'll just have to see what happens.
Poor App Integration
As far as the app goes, I didn't have too much trouble pairing the product with the app, Alexa or the Google Assistant. However I could see how it might get confusing, and I would definitely choose the Smart Life over the Oittm app.
I'll update this review in the future and compare my results with the complaints above.
If I was to give a first impression rating for the Oittm Smart Outdoor Outlet, then I would probably give it 4 out of 5 stars.
I was able to pair it with every assistant and app, the controls worked very well, it's well constructed, and the features were really enticing.
However I can't officially give this product a rating yet as more testing will need to be done, but it's worth trying out for a couple months given its 2-year warranty and free technical support. If you're unhappy, you can always notify them and return the product or get a refund.
How It Compares to Other Smart Outdoor Outlets
This is still a fledgling market as most smart home consumers primarily opt for light bulbs, plugs, switches, and dimmers.
However there are a few third-party suppliers on Amazon that offer similar products with comparable features though there are some differences.
One notable feature on Omoton and Maxcio's smart outdoor outlets was an extra socket that can be programmed independently from the other. The added socket makes those outlets pricier, but for some it could be worth it.
Should You Buy It?
The smart home market has a long way to go, so expect a lot more offerings in the future. As a smart gadget enthusiast, I definitely think all of these items are worth looking into, and at the very worst, you can always return them.
So should you buy the Oittm Smart Outdoor Outlet?
If you have the money and are interested in smart tech, then absolutely. Expand your surroundings and give it a go; it's really the only way you'll know whether these products are for you.