Woox Dual Port is an intelligent, double socket that can be controlled via a WiFi network. How does it work in practice and is it worth buying? Find out more in this review.
I asked myself the question, why would someone need a smart socket? In my case, the application is very specific – I needed a device that would allow me to automatically control the lighting in the aquarium. After studying many guides on wavelengths of light and the optimal color for the growth of aquarium plants, the choice was made to create my own lighting. I used two separate light sources based on power led diodes. The first one was supposed to work only during the day, the second was to turn on a moment before turning off the first one and operate discreetly for 1-2 hours (so-called night mode). This solution allows not only to satisfy demanding plants, but also to reduce the stress of fish who do not like it suddenly getting dark. To achieve this goal, I needed a device that would allow me to set an appropriate, but also independent schedule efficiently and cost-effectively.
The choice fell on the smart Woox Dual Port socket. It turned out that the choice was not that simple – a very large number of similar devices available on the market do not have a grounding pin. This makes it very difficult to plug them into the socket without the need for additional adapters. Additionally, the device has two independent sockets that can be controlled separately.
Woox Dual Port R6073 – first impressions
The socket supports a voltage of 230V, a maximum current of 16A, and a load of 3680W. The device is compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant or IFTTT. It also has a dedicated WooXHome app, but it also works with the popular smartHome control app Tuya smart.
The Woox R6073 is quite solid. The fit is very good, nothing flies, it does not squeak during operation. The first configuration itself is not a problem and you can connect the device to your home network in a few moments from the application level. Importantly, it only works at 2.4 GHz, but this is standard for most Wi-Fi routers and expanders.
After connecting the Woox Dual Port to the application, we see visualizations of two independent connections. We can control each of them separately – from planning the work schedule (taking into account specific hours and days of the week), through the timer function, or manual switching on or off. For ease of use, you can also rename the inputs to anything you want to know exactly what and where has been connected in the future.
Interestingly, it is possible to control the socket from anywhere – we do not have to be within the range of the home network. In the event that the device loses its Wi-Fi connection, e.g. during an internet or power failure, the application will additionally inform us about it. This is a great solution for a trip. When we connect a lamp to the socket – we can turn it on and off at any time. Thanks to this, no one will know that we are not at home.