UseeLink test: a ZigBee 3.0 power strip at your fingertips

Our opinion on the UseeLink power strip

Multi-socket UseeLink ZigBee 3.0

USEELINK - Zigbee HA 16A connected power strip - 4 sockets + 2 USB ports

Connected sockets are good, but multiple sockets are even better! And when they're ZigBee, it's almost touching. If you like, you will be served with this product from the UseeLink brand.

The UseeLink SM-SO306E-16A power strip (its baptismal name), ZigBee 3.0, 16A, 4 plugs and 2 USB ports, all individually controllable will delight you for € 36,99. Compatible with ZigBee 3.0, Tuya / Smart Life, Jeedom or Home Assistant, but also with Alexa… Does she really have it all?

Unboxing

The UseeLink power strip is delivered in a white, multi-reference packaging (multi-country, amperage and multi-connectivity (Wi-Fi and ZigBee) with visuals of the latter. It remains quite sober, white and beige with dark touches of dark beige (crazy people we tell you) It is quite imposing with its 39 x 7,5 x 7,5 cm. So as much to say that it is a fairly robust product that we have inside.

Inside, precisely, you will have in addition to the catch, a completely bogus installation guide because only referring to a Wi-Fi product and the associated pairing mode… To make sure that the reference is in your feverish hands, look at the label stuck on the cardboard box, with pen ticks

The UseeLink SM-SO306E-16A is actually quite big with its 33,5 x 6,5 x 4 cm and has a 1,5 m long cable. Consisting ofABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) and PC (polycarbonate), it is fire retardant. Very big strong point. The quality of materials and finishes is excellent.

You will find on the underside the CE and RoHS markings as well as a possible wall mounting system via dedicated notches. You will also have some of its characteristics.

Regarding its constitution, we have 3 parts:

  • 4 female F type plugs. This is the format with the metal earthing strips, the Schuko type. But the E / F male plugs are quite adaptable.
  • A set of 2 USB ports et the ON / OFF button. The latter will be used to turn all the plugs in the socket on and off, but also to bring it into pairing mode.
  • On the side, right or left (it depends on the direction you are looking ...), you have a black button which is in fact a manual reset thermal fuse. What does it mean ? That in case of overvoltage or overloads, the fuse will trip to disarm the socket. Another very big strong point.

You have in all 5 red LEDs under ON / OFF button. There is one per socket and one for the USB block. Indeed, the sockets will be controlled individually while the two USB sockets which will be used as a single socket. It's rather interesting because, very often, the “Universal Serial Bus” are outside the control system.

Let's take a closer look at the features.

Information

In terms of technical specifications, we have:

  • Brand : UseeLink
  • Reference : SM-SO306E-16A
  • Type : connected power strip
  • Protocol : ZigBee 3.0 - 2.4 GHz
  • Food : 110-240V, 50-60Hz
  • Intensity : 16A or 3840 W. Be careful to measure the intensities of the different equipment that you will connect so as not to exceed the maximum power.
  • USB port : 2,1 A, 5V.
  • Operating temperature : -20 to 70 ° C, which should be sufficient for indoor use ...
  • Maximum humidity : 80% RH max
  • Overvoltage and overload protection : Yes
  • Compatibilities : ZigBee gateways (tested on Jeedom atlas), Tuya / Smart life,
  • Voice-controlled with applications and skills compatible with Alexa.
  • Standby consumption : 0,3 W

On paper, so good! Protection against surges and overloads, 4 individual plugs and 1 block of two controllable USBs, fireproof… Frankly very good, which explains its price a little high.

Use with Tuya / Smart Life

We have tested several ways to install this UseeLinl power strip. First of all by using a hub directly Alexa (Echo Studio, show 2, show 10, echo 4…). At the end of the installation, there is indeed a socket detected. Yes, there is unfortunately only one plug that goes back and not the 6 that one would expect (4 plugs, a double USB and the whole). After several tests, it is still a single take, totally random. In short… Use directly on Amazon Echo No Exit.

We then went through a catwalk Earthsmart Wireless Mini-Hub running under Smart Life. To put the unit in pairing mode, press the power button for 5 to 6 seconds about. The blue LED will start to flash rapidly. In the application, select your gateway, then " add sub device And let it be. In a few seconds, the UseeLink multiple socket is found. Give it a new name if you wish.

By then selecting the device, you will indeed have 6 different sockets : the "general" power strip which will turn everything on and off, and the 4 sockets + the USB block. Anyone can be appointed at your convenience pressing the small pen. You can also integrate them into scenarios.

Use with Alexa

As said in the preamble, no recognition via the ZigBee Hub of the speakers Amazon Echo. You must therefore go through the Tuya / Smart Life. Once the 6 sockets have been reassembled under Tuya and with the Skill activated, they will be injected into the application Alexa. Normally, upon installation under Smart life, they are immediately associated with your app Alexa. If not, search for new devices.

A partir de là, you will come to use it as you do with any connected device : name change, voice control, integration into routines ...

Use with Jeedom

We also installed it via the home automation gateway Jeedom atlas. We refer you to our tutorial on the ZigBee Jeedom plugin to find out how to install a device and have it recognized by Alexa.

You can from use it:

  • Via the Dashboard : by showing and renaming the different elements,
  • With Amazon Alexa : for this, it will be necessary to go through Virtuals in order to create as many devices that will be usable by voice, individually. For this you need the Plug-in Alexa and the right subscription.

Be careful because there is no general power strip that goes back under Jeedom, allowing everything to turn on and off at once. You will need to use a Virtual and create the "turn on" and "turn off" commands. by looking for the “ON” Values ​​of each sub-unit (selection with the square on the side), separated by && (you select, you put “&&”, you reselect the next one…). And you do the same for the “OFF” part.

In use, the UseeLink power strip is really responsive (thank you ZigBee) and captures the network pretty well. Having 4 female plugs allows you to connect a large number of devices, while being careful not to accumulate more than 16A or 3800 W, even if it has an interesting overvoltage and overload protection. The controllable USB sockets are also a big highlight, although not individually. Its large size is not a problem in itself because it fits anywhere and is flat enough to fit under furniture. It is also possible to put it on a wall or under a desk, fixed with screws, upside down.

You will find an example of the use of this UseeLink power strip on our YouTube test (subscribe, like, it's nice).

In conclusion, this UseeLink power strip running in ZigBee 3.0 is a good product. Can be used directly with a Tuya Hub / Smart Life or ZigBee gateways of home automation boxes such as Jeedom (with a few hacks), but not with the hubs integrated into the devices Alexa, it offers no less than 6 "sockets" which can be controlled by voice. Its design in flame retardant plastic and the presence of a manual reset thermal fuse, this take is based on your security and that of your devices.

A little big and a little expensive, it is however very versatile and configurable at will. It therefore remains an excellent excellent product that will not only protect your devices, but also allow you to control it with your finger and your eye. A very good compromise therefore.

Did i choose Alexa or did she choose me? Let's say that as a beta tester, it's a bit of both! And I do not regret having met our favorite assistant nor this adventure undertaken with Alexien Modo. Technophile, self-taught and loving popularization, I try to make our common passion easy to access!