The Meross Matter Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini is an affordable smart plug that is Matter-compliant, but it offers the bare minimum features.
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The Meross Matter Smart Wi Fi Plug Mini is compact and Matter compatible as advertised. It’s one of many inexpensive smart plugs that are Matter compliant. As such, it’s designed to work within any smart home ecosystem compatible with Matter, including Alexa, Apple’s HomeKit, Google Home, and Samsung SmartThings.
Unfortunately, the new Matter standard is still finding its footing, and this Meross smart plug (model MSS115) isn’t immune to Matter’s foibles, including a painfully bumpy setup process for those looking to use the plug with multiple ecosystems. We also experienced some connectivity issues (which have now been resolved) and the Meross App only offers the most basic functionality.
The Meross Matter Smart Wi-Fi plug Mini is still available. The following are some of the ways to improve your own ability to speak. Ultimately, you’ll get the job done. The Meross smart plug is our top choice, but we also recommend the Matter smart plug. TP-Link Tapo P125MDepending on which is the cheapest at this moment, you may choose to use that one.
If you want a Matter smart plug that offers energy monitoring or a Thread radio, you’ll need to go with a pricier option, such as the Eve Energy smart plug.
Measuring just 1.9 x 1 x 1.2 inches, the Meross Matter Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini truly lives up to its title. While many smart plugs are so wide that they block neighboring outlets, the Meross MSS115’s compact design makes leaves room for outlets above, below, and on either side. Just be aware of this. Two or more people can be a group. Meross smart plugs won’t quite fit on a single duplex outlet (I tried).
On the left of the Meross+ is a power switch. Press the button normally to turn on and off the plug, or hold it down for five second to reset it to factory settings. The QR code is stamped along the top edge of this plug.
The Meross MSS115 is a three-prong smart plug that can handle a maximum 15-amp load (Meross’ specifications don’t detail the plug’s maximum wattage). While a max 10-amp load is good, we’ve seen better; our top pick for Matter smart plugs, the TP-Link Tapo P125M, can shoulder up to a 15-amp load.
For connectivity, the Meross plug is Wi-Fi (2.4GHz) only, which is to say that it lacks support for Thread, the low-power, highly reliable wireless technology that’s a pillar of the Matter standard. The Meross MSS115 is capable of Matter over Wi-Fi but will need to be connected directly to your Wi Fi router. The competing Eve Energy smart plug is equipped with a Thread radio (which, among other features, offers mesh networking), but it’s much pricier than the Meross plug (or the Wi-Fi-only Tapo plug, for that matter).
On paper, connecting the Meross Matter Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini is simple; just scan the Matter QR code and you’re all set, right? If only.
The bare-bones Meross app prompts you to select the product you want to install (automatic Bluetooth detection didn’t work), and—in my case (I’m an iPhone user)–triggered a HomeKit overlay that asks you to scan the Matter QR code. Once that’s done, you must wait patiently as HomeKit does its thing, and the first few times I got an “Unable to Add Accessory” error. After a few tries, the pairing process worked and I was finally able to connect the Meross plug. “room”HomeKit is my home.
If you only plan on using the Meross MS115 with HomeKit, then you’re done. But if you want to use it in other ecosystems, such as Alexa, Google Home, or Samsung SmartThings, you’ll need to put the Meross plug back in pairing mode, copy a new Matter setup code from HomeKit, then fire up a smart home app (like the Alexa or Google Home apps), initiate the pairing process (which is different for each ecosystem), plug in the copied Matter setup code, and cross your fingers. I have always had trouble with these pairings on the first attempt. It required a second, third, and fourth try before everything worked.
I won’t lay the fault for all these setup shenanigans at Meross’s door. I’ve encountered these same headaches with many other Matter devices, and much of the problem is that the Matter standard is still rough around the edges. Addition of a single product via Matter to multiple smart home ecosystems will be a pain until these issues are resolved.
It is also worth noting that, during my initial months of using the Meross MSS115 I kept having it disconnected from HomeKit. “No response” error). After several lost connections, i put the plug aside to work on other projects. In the interim, the Meross plug as well as the Home app received a number of updates. Following a successful (yay!) pairing attempt, the plug has remained stable in the Apple, Alexa and Google apps. The plug has remained stable in the Apple Home app, Alexa app, and Google Home app. Fingers crossed.
The Meross App offers basic smart-home functionality, such as the ability to schedule the MSS115 and include it in scenes with other Meross devices. You can, of course, use Apple HomeKit or Alexa or Google Home or Samsung SmartThings (and Matter for this) to control or add the plug to an automation.
The Meross app won’t let you group multiple Meross products together, nor does it offer a usage history for the plug. (Again, the Meross plug can be grouped with other smart platforms such as Alexa or Google Home.
More of a disappointment is the lack of power monitoring, a handy feature that we’re seeing in more and more smart plugs. To be fair, the Tapo P125M (our current top pick for Matter plugs, if you recall) doesn’t do power monitoring either. The Eve Energy Smart plus It is a good idea to use offer power monitoring, but it’s much pricier than either the Meross or Tapo plugs.
Should you buy Meross Matter Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini?
The good news about the Meross Matter Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini is that it’s relatively cheap; the bad news is that the initial Matter setup process may be a hassle, although that’s largely true for any Matter smart plug (or at least until the kinks in the Matter standard finally get ironed out).
The price is the deciding factor. As I said at the beginning of this review, you may choose to go with the Meross Matter Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini over another inexpensive Matter smart socket. If you’d prefer a Matter plus with more features (namely energy monitoring) and a more stable Thread radio, you’d be better off with the pricier Eve Energy.
‘ Credit: Original content by www.techhive.com: “Meross Matter Mini Smart Wi-Fi Plug Review: Just the basics”