TP-Link announces new HomeKit-enabled smart home products and more
TP-Link announced a new line of smart home products for the US at CES 2022 under its Tapo brand, including HomeKit-enabled smart lights, plugs and a smart switch.
TP-Link has been selling smart home products in Europe under the Tapo brand since 2019, but the company is now offering them in the US for the first time. Previously, none of the Tapo products supported HomeKit, but now five of the recently announced Tapo products will support Apple’s smart home connections. (The company originally promised at CES 2019 to include HomeKit with a smart plug, but later backed off plans to push the update.)
All-new Tapo HomeKit-enabled products are expected to release throughout 2022, starting with the Mini Plug in Q1. The power strip, dimmer and light strip are slated for release in Q2, while the colored bulb will ship in Q3 2022. None of them require a hub and they can connect directly to Wi-Fi.
TP-Link also announced four new Tapo cloud-connected security cameras, some of which can record to a microSD card but do not support HomeKit or HomeKit secure video. The first is scheduled for the first quarter of 2022, it is a wired outdoor camera with night vision and 2K resolution that can record on a microSD card up to 256 GB.
The other three are coming in the third quarter of 2022. The pan-and-tilt camera includes a cover door to block the 2K camera lens, intelligent detection that can notify you of the presence of people, pets and cars . There’s also a new wired Floodlight camera and a battery-powered outdoor camera – both with 2K resolution – and the latter can connect to a dedicated hub that records video to a microSD card.
Finally, TP-Link announced a new set of Tapo home security sensors. One is a programmable smart button that can wirelessly control other Tapo products – available Q2 2022. Another is a kit that includes a motion sensor, door/window sensor and alarm hub which can connect up to 64 sensors together via a sub-1GHz wireless connection – a low-power, long-range radio technology. These sensors are powered by button cell batteries which TP-Link claims will last over a year on this connection, while the required alarm hub requires wall power.
Pricing has yet to be announced on the new Tapo product line. And although TP-Link is listed as a member of the Connectivity Standards Alliance, the group that supports Matter, the company has yet to announce any products that support the growing universal smart home standard.
In the US, TP-Link has sold smart home products (including motion-activated switches and outdoor smart plugs) under the Kasa brand, and the company will continue to do so. This includes a Kasa wired smart doorbell that was originally announced in January last year, now slated for release in February for $59.99.