A Smart and Affordable Way to Power Your Aquarium Gear, the HYDROS WiFi Smart Plug is a smart power outlet designed to work with the CoralVue HYDROS platform.
The Smart Plug has a 1 x 100-250V AC outlet that is WiFi controllable using the free HYDROS app* for Android and iOS/Apple mobile devices. You can turn the outlet on and off wirelessly over a 2.4 GHz WiFi frequency. The Smart Plug has a range of 98’, so you can place them around your home without any difficulty connecting to your modem or router.
The key difference between the HYDROS Smart Plug and the HYDROS Power 4 Power Strip other than the number of controllable outlets is that the Smart Plug can measure the current and wattage of the device it is powering and alert you if it moves out of tolerance.
Like the Power 4, the Smart Plug has an LED status indicator to let you know when the outlet is energized.
*Please note that a HYDROS Control controller is required to run the WiFi Smart Plug with the HYDROS app.
Control and Monitor Aquarium Equipment from Your Mobile Device
- By using the HYDROS app with the Smart Plug, you can create rules and schedules to turn on and off different pieces of aquarium equipment, like a pump, powerhead, light, heater, algae scrubber, UV sterilizer, protein skimmer, and whatever else you may want to control on-demand or put on a schedule.
Control Multiple Smart Plugs from a Single, Easy-to-Use Mobile App
- Another great thing about the Smart Plug is that you can control multiple Smart Plugs from the HYDROS app. You might use one to power the heater in your display tank, another for your return pump, and a third in your office which you could program to turn on a lamp to alert you if one of your connected devices is not operating normally. The beauty of it is that you can control all these different Smart Plugs that are being used for different purposes using a single app.
Monitor the Power of Your Devices So You Can Take Corrective Action
- The HYDROS Smart Plug continuously monitors the energy use of whatever is plugged into it. By measuring the current and wattage being consumed by your equipment, you will know if a device is not operating normally and an alert can be sent to your mobile device. For example, if you observe that the power consumption of your pump has declined, that may be a good indicator that it is time to clean the pump to improve its performance. You could also connect a battery backup device to a Smart Plug to monitor its power consumption so that if anything changes, you would have the opportunity to replace the battery to ensure your aquarium is protected in the event of a power failure.
Be Notified if an Outlet Fails So You Can Take Corrective Action
You can also monitor your Smart Plug outlets. If an outlet fails or loses its WiFi connection, you will be immediately notified via alerts to your mobile device. This safety feature can help prevent a tank catastrophe. For example, if the outlet powering your return pump failed, you would receive a notification to let you know something is awry so that you can take corrective action. As a temporary fix, you might decide to turn on all your flow pumps and increase their speed remotely via the HYDROS app to keep the water moving and the temperature stable until you can arrive home to investigate.
- Power: AC 120V
- Outlets: 1 AC Outlet
- Total Power Rating: 10A
- Total USB Power: 2A
- WiFi Frequency: 2.4 GHz
- Max Range: 98ft
CoralVue Aquarium Supplies
CoralVue, founded in 2002, provides high-quality aquarium lighting at prices any hobbyist can afford. The company was formed by David D’Aquin, an underwater video and lighting expert who has teamed with commercial divers, the U.S. Navy and National Geographic on a variety of projects. D’Aquin took his knowledge of lighting and electronics and focused these passions on creating products for the aquarium industry. In just a short time, CoralVue pioneered the development of the 400-watt double-ended metal halide bulb and the unique color temperature spectrum of ReefLux metal halide bulbs. CoralVue also develops high-quality electronic metal halide ballasts to power their bulbs. They offer ballasts in single, dual, triple and dimmable lamp models. To compliment their line of lighting products, CoralVue entered the protein skimmer and calcium reactor market in 2004.
March 25, 2021
Yes, I would recommend this.
Excellent for remote monitoring
Pros: Easy to add to hydros computer, gives insight to status of plugged in device
I bought 4 of these to monitor the status (i.e. health) of canister filters on multiple tanks and they interface to my hydros control 2. You can see the current draw on whatever is attached to it so that you can tell if is alive or not. I love this. Easy to add to an existing computer, great range, very useful.
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January 06, 2021
No, I would not recommend this.
Works, but not with Hyros app
Pros: Works with Smart Life App
Cons: Does not work with Hydro app
I received this plug excited to be able to control with the Hyros app along with my IceCap 2K. What was odd that unboxing the item it came with instructions on how to set it up using some other app called Smart Life. Set up with this app works fine, but I cannot for the life of me get the Hydros app to see this smart plug. Even after multiple start overs from the beginning. Very disappointing.
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