iHome Smart Plug Not Setting Up: How to Troubleshoot
So you’re having problems setting up your iHome Smart Plug with the App via Wi-Fi, correct? If so, keep reading as I’ll walk you through the steps to correctly set up your iHome Smart Plug, troubleshoot connection issues, and more. Let’s dive in!
If you’re having problems setting up your iHome Smart Plug with the app, chances are you’re not familiar with the setup process. So before we look at other troubleshooting tips, see how to set up your iHome Smart Plug with the app/Wi-Fi correctly.
How to Set Up iHome Smart Plug with the App
- Download the iHome Control App from Google Play Store or Apple App Store—depending on the device you’re using.
- Plug in the Smart Plug. Once it receives power, the LED will flash green, showing it’s searching for a Wi-Fi network—ready to connect.
- Return to the iHome Control App and select ADD DEVICE. Ensure your smart plug is connected to an outlet and flashing green.
- Tap NEXT. The app will search and display your device. Now select your iHome Smart Plug and tap CONTINUE.
- The app will prompt you to “Add Accessory to Network”. Tap ALLOW. Next, manually enter your accessory code (located on one side of the plug) or read the code with your phone’s camera.
- Select devices you want to control with the smart plug—light, fan, other, etc., and then tap NEXT.
- Rename the plug (if you want) and tap NEXT. You’ll be prompted to “Assign to a room” or SKIP. Tap Assign to a room—if you want to assign the plug to a specific room or tap SKIP.
So that’s how to set up your iHome (iSP6, iSP6x, or iSP8) Smart Plug with the Smart Control App. If you’re still having problems connecting your Smart Plug to Wi-Fi or the app, read on for troubleshooting tips.
iHome Smart Plug Troubleshooting
In the section, we look at other common iHome Smart Plug problems and how to troubleshoot them.
iHome Smart Plug Not Responding: How to Troubleshoot
1. Check Whether Your Smart Plug Has Received Power and Ready to Connect
If your iHome Smart Plug isn’t responding when you try to set it up with the app, chances are the device hasn’t received power. So check that your device is connected to a working outlet, and it’s rapidly blinking green. The green flashes indicate the smart plug is searching for a Wi-Fi network and ready to connect.
If the device has received power and is ready to connect but still not responding in the app, then your best bet is to reset the smart plug and also restart your smartphone. See how to reset your iHome Smart Plug below.
2. How to Reset iHome Smart Plug
Press and hold the Power button (for about 10 seconds) until it blinks red and green. This will reset your iHome Smart Plug and it should fix the “not responding” issue.
Next, unplug and plug your device into a working outlet and then try to set it up with the app to see if it works.
iHome Won’t Connect to Wi-Fi: How to Troubleshoot
Wi-Fi connection issues with your iHome Smart Plug could be caused by an unsupported Wi-Fi network band, weak Wi-Fi signal strength, not connecting to the same Wi-Fi network used on your phone, etc.
With that in mind, here’s how to quickly resolve Wi-Fi connection issues with your iHome Smart Plug:
1. Ensure You’re Connected to 2.4GHz Wi-Fi Network
iHome Smart Plug doesn’t support a 5GHz Wi-Fi network band, so if your router has dual bands, check to see if your Smart Plug is connected to a 5GHz Wi-Fi band and switch to 2.4GHz. You can check your phone’s Wi-Fi settings to switch network bands or set it up on your router.
2. Improve Wi-Fi Signal Strength
Weak Wi-Fi signal strength can also cause connection problems with your iHome Smart Plug. So check your phone’s Wi-Fi settings to see if the Wi-Fi signal strength is strong. If not, try to position your router closer to the device or get a Wi-Fi extender to improve signal strength. If needed, reset/upgrade your router to fix weak network signals.
3. Ensure Your Smart Plug Is Connected to the Same Wi-Fi Network with Your Phone
Another reason you may experience difficulties connecting your iHome Smart Plug to Wi-Fi is when you connect your phone and the smart plug to different Wi-Fi networks. You need to ensure your phone and the smart plug are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
If your phone and the smart plug are connected to the same Wi-Fi network and you’re still not able to connect to Wi-Fi, reset the Smart Plug and try to connect again. See how to reset the iHome Smart Plug above.
iHome Smart Plug Loses Connection: How to Fix
Your iHome Smart Plug may lose connection due to unstable internet or power outage. So if you’re currently experiencing this, check to see if the device is off and turn it back on.
More so, unstable internet/Wi-Fi networks can cause your device to lose connection. Check to see if your Wi-Fi network is stable or not. If not, reset your router or put it closer to the Smart Plug to boost network signal strength.
As mentioned, poor internet connection may cause this problem too—and you may want to contact your ISP if you think your internet is unstable.
And if everything is working fine (Wi-Fi and internet) but the problem persists, reset the device and try again.
Do iHome Smart Plugs work with Alexa?
Yes. iHome Smart Plugs are compatible with Alexa—particularly, iSP6 and iSP8 work flawlessly with Alexa. Once successfully integrated, you can control your device through voice commands.
How do I change the Wi-Fi on my iHome Smart Plug?
To change your Wi-Fi network, go to your phone’s Wi-Fi settings and choose the Wi-Fi network you want to use for your iHome smart plug. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.
Why is my iHome Smart Plug flashing red?
Red flashes on your iHome Smart Plug indicate it is disconnected from a Wi-Fi network. Check your router to ensure your network is active and then reconnect your device.
As you can see, set up/Wi-Fi connection issues with your iHome Smart Plug can be resolved by ensuring the device is plugged into a working outlet and connected to a supported Wi-Fi network—2.4GHz.
More so, check Wi-Fi signal strength and ensure your phone and the smart plug are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. If the problem persists, reset your device, restart your phone and update your app. Try to connect again afterward to see if it works.
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