Frequently Asked Questions
Is there an ongoing monthly fee for GFI Notify?
No, not at all! The $59 cost is a one-time investment which includes two free smart plugs. There are no ongoing monthly fees. Our excellent GFI Notify software on our website does all the monitoring on a 24/7 basis.
How can a GFI Outlet fail?
A few ways a GFI outlet may fail are: having an overloaded circuit or ground fault occurrence, conductive dust or debris, worn out insulation on electrical wires, or having moisture in the receptacle box or a close lightning storm.
Is there a difference between GFI and GFCI?
Can I do the set-up of the SmartPlug in any outlet?
Am I really getting two free WiFi SmartPlugs with my order?
If I have more than one smart plug being monitored by GFI Notify, how do I know which one is sending the notifications in the event of a power loss?
Can I use my own smart plug with the GFI Notify App?
Is the GFI Notify process difficult to install?
Will GFI Notify notify me if my entire house loses power?
Yes, this is another important benefit of GFI Notify that is included with your purchase. GFI Notify’s server will let you know of that whole house power loss generally within 6 minutes, even if there is a loss of your wifi signal. We intentionally wait 6 minutes to avoid false alarms as much as possible such as would occur with a router reboot. And, GFI Notify’s server will also inform you when power to your entire house is restored.
Can I plug an appliance into the SmartPlug?
Yes, you can plug any device into the SmartPlug that draws up to 12 amps of current. However, because there are so many other open outlets that are available in series with the GFI outlet, we recommend plugging the smartplug into an outlet closest to the wifi router. However, if you also want to use the smartplug to turn the appliance (or whatever is plugged directly into the smartplug) on and off remotely, that you can certainly do that using the Meross app on your cellphone; this will not affect your getting notifications from GFI Notify. Our system works even when the plug itself is in the off status. You may want to turn the plug, and hence, the appliance (computer, vending machine, etc.) plugged into it, off and then on to reboot it, for example. Rebooting many times can clear an error occuring in the plugged in-device.
Where should I plug in the WiFi SmartPlug for GFI Notification?
The free SmartPlug that you will use along with the GFI Notify App to notify you when your GFI outlet trips can be plugged into any electrical outlet that is in series with the GFI outlet that you want to monitor. Generally, there can be up to 7 electrical outlets in series “downstream” from this GFI outlet. Also see previous question which discusses why you may want to plug something directly into the smart plug.
How many notifications will I receive after a power loss?
If my GFI trips, can I reset it remotely?
No, and you wouldn’t want to. As you saw on a previous page, a GFI outlet is a sensitive circuit breaker and there are several reasons why a GFI can trip. You would want a trusted person to check things out personally.
In some cases, the GFI can be reset by simply pushing the reset button. If it keeps tripping, there could be a more serious problem.
If you have a freezer or refrigerator plugged into an electrical outlet on a GFI circuit, we suggest that you keep a long extension cord available so that, if the GFI cannot be simply reset, at least your freezer or refrigerator can be plugged into a live outlet elsewhere until you will be available to deal with the problem that is causing the tripping.
How long will food last in a freezer or refrigerator without power?
Why should I buy an additional SmartPlug?
The second SmartPlug should be plugged into a non-GFI electrical outlet somewhere else on the premises. The GFI Notify App will monitor both SmartPlugs to give you excellent information.
For example, if you receive a notification from both smart plugs that power has been lost, you can conclude that power to the entire house has been lost and the GFI did not trip. When power is restored to the entire house, both smart plugs will report the restoration through the GFI Notify App. If, on the other hand, the SmartPlug monitoring the GFI circuit reports a power loss while the SmartPlug monitoring the non-GFI outlet does not, you can conclude that only the GFI outlet has tripped and you need to take remedial action.
You may also want to purchase additional SmartPlugs to monitor any other GFI circuits you may have in your home or business. Also, many homes have sump pumps and swimming pool pumps plugged into GFI circuits. Note: Our SmartPlug is suitable for outdoor usage as long as it is covered; better yet, we also offer a weatherproof smart plug designed especially for outdoor use. One GFI Notify App will monitor each and every SmartPlug on the premises linked to it.
How many times can I install GFI Notify?
Is it possible to have a false power-out notification?
Yes. That can happen if your Internet service is not working. You must have a continuous wifi signal on the premises for GFI Notify to function properly. If not, you will receive a notification that the monitored SmartPlugs have lost power. When the Internet service is restored, you will receive a notification that power to the monitored SmartPlugs have been restored. We have attempted to minimize such false alarms by intentionally not reporting a power outage by checking the plugs’ status for up to 6 minutes. This should be adequate time if you desire to reboot your router or modem, for example. That rebooting results in a temporary loss of your wifi signal.
When entering my cellphone number to receive notifications, do I need to use my area code and a “1” before it?
What can I do if my wifi signal is weak where I want to locate my smart plug?
Should I do periodic testing of GFI Notify?
Can I use my one GFI Notify App to monitor Power Loss at other locations?
How can I receive a notification if my wifi / Internet is down?
What if I'm not receiving notifications?
Make sure that you have unplugged the smartplug that you designated as a GFI-outlet plug. In the setup process, once you have identified that plug, perhaps put a physical mark on it. Also, in the Devices section, the Status icon for that plug will change color from green to black. Make sure it’s the GFI-outet plug.
Will I receive a notification if my wifi goes out?
Yes, you will. Some of our “competetors” require a continuous wifi signal. With GFI Notify, our server is always looking for the installed smartplugs to ping. If the plugs are unreachable due to the loss of your wifi signal, you will receive a message that the entire house has lost power (if you have both plugs installed). We try to avoid false alarms by purposely waiting for 3 unreachable attempts before sending out the power out message. You will also receive a power restored message when the router comes back online.