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05th May 2016

This smart plug will deal with your router’s patchy WiFi for you

Might stop you from smashing the router in a rage

Ellen Tannam

The struggle of bad WiFi signal is all too real.

Whether you’re in the middle of a pivotal episode of your favourite Netflix series, or trying to book tickets for a gig, there’s nothing more heartbreaking than seeing your signal disappear.

It can leave you banging your head against the wall, but this special plug looks like it will make this situation a relic of the past.

It costs $59.99, (around £42), which may seem pretty pricey, but the ResetPlug is probably worth it to offset the time you spend trying to jumpstart your connection.


“The smart plug will act as a WiFi client to test the internet connection,” its sales pitch reads. “If the Internet fails to work, the ResetPlug will cycle power to the WiFi equipment to reset the Internet connection.”

After this,”the ResetPlug continues to cycle power every five minutes until the Internet works again.”

Considering more and more of our daily necessities like central heating and smoke alarms are controlled by our WiFi connections, this could be a worthwhile investment.

Although it was created for the American market, customers in the UK will be able to use it: “The ResetPlug works for outlets rated 90-260V AC. It should work so long as you get the proper physical adapters to change both the plug and the socket. Several international versions are coming soon.”