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This is actually a pretty cool product. I really hate the way so much modern electronic stuff is always burning power in "standby mode". There is seldom a good reason for it, and when you add them all up, it can be noticeable in the electricity bill. This product fixes that problem by killing the electrical supply at the power-strip. There are 6 outlets. One is "aways on", and one is a "control" (which also gets power all the time). The other 4 outlets are keyed from the control-device. When the control device is "on", the 4 slave outlets come on too, and when the control is off, the 4 slave outlets get no juice at all. Oh, and it is a surge-suppressor too. I use this in a home-theater setup. The control outlet is my switching receiver, and I have the TV, DVD, Blu-Ray and powered sub-woofer in the 4 slave outlets. One click to the main receiver does it all. My sat-DVR is in the always-on outlet so it can record overnight when everything else is off. The caveat here is that some devices come up from no-power to standby-mode and still have to be turned on, but the point is that I am not burning all those annoying "night-lights" 24x7 for no reason.