Unboxing GE Plug-In Z-Wave Smart Switch
The GE Plug-in Smart Switch comes in a small graphical box that illustrates its features, what products its compatible with, and also the specifications and uses for the Z-Wave switch.
On the back of the box, it describes the device as being able to work with any device from smartphones to tablets and from PCs to Z-Wave remotes. It also explains how there are two plugs, one for always on devices and another one which is z-wave controlled. In addition, it does not block the other outlet if you install the GE Plug-in on the top outlet plug.
Then on the side of the box, we find that the GE Smart Switch is compatible with all Z-Wave gateways such as the ADT Pulse, Iris, Connect, SmartThings Hub, Revolv, Nexia, Vera, and Wink among other devices.
When we open the box, we find the GE Plug-in Smart Switch neatly surrounded by a cardboard insert, the Plug-in Wireless Smart Switch manual, and a pamphlet on other GE Smart Home products.
The GE Z-Wave Plug-in Smart Switch is just a few inches long, has an outlet plug on either side with a button right dab in the middle. The button is used to manually turn on and off the outlet but can also be used to initially connect your smart plug to your smart home gateway like the SmartThings hub that we’ll be using in the review.
On the back of the module you’ll find the official model number, the “On/Off Light and Small Appliance Module ZW4101” as well as the maximum amount of load that you should place through the module. For this particular module you should not exceed a 600W bulb, a 1/2 HP motor or 1800W (15A). This is the combined amount for both of the plugs, not just the smart plug. The module itself is actually manufactured by JASCO Products, out of Oklahoma City, OK and re-branded as GE. We also see that this is version 3.0d, which tells us that the product has been through a few revisions and hopefully all of the bugs that were perhaps in the product version 1 and 2, have been fixed and improved upon!
Here is one side of the module which is the always on plug or pass-thru plug.
Finally, here is the Z-Wave controlled plug on the opposite side.
Now that we have our GE Smart Plug-in Z-Wave module out of the box, read on to the next page and we’ll start installing and configuring it in our home automation setup!