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TP-Link Brings Its ‘Tapo’ Smart Home Brand to US, Adds Support for HomeKit

Accessory maker TP-Link is expanding its line of smart home gadgets at CES 2022 to include a range of new HomeKit options. The company announced several new HomeKit options under its Tapo brand, including smart lights, smart plugs, and a smart switch.

If you are not familiar with the TP-Link Tapo brand, it is because it was previously only available in Europe. As part of today’s announcement, the company is first bringing the Tapo smart home brand to the United States. It is also the first time that Tapo accessories have featured HomeKit connectivity.

The three Tapo accessories that will work with HomeKit include the Mini Plug, which is expected to launch in Q1. The Tapo power strip, dimmer and light strip will also work with HomeKit and release in the second quarter. Finally, the color bulb with HomeKit support will arrive in the third quarter, according to The edge.

Some details on the accessories:

Three of these Apple Homekit ready products include the new Tapo P125 mini smart plug, Tapo S500D smart dimmer and Tapo P306 wall outlet. The Tapo P125 features a compact design to save space and additional safety features including a flame retardant design. The Tapo S500D allows users to freely dim the light between one and 100 percent and control freely with voice or in the app. Finally, the Tapo P306 dramatically expands outlets with three smart outlets, three always-on, one USB Type-C, and two USB Type-A charging ports.

The flagship Tapo L930-5 Smart Multicolor Light Strip is compatible with Apple HomeKit and includes advanced features such as individual colors for each segment, synchronization with sound for elaborate music-based light shows and vibrant colors with 150 RGB + W LEDs. Tapo L535 Multicolor Smart Wi-Fi Bulb is compatible with Apple HomeKit and comes with adjustable brightness of 1100 lumens, light temperature and millions of color possibilities. It also includes convenient features like a schedule, timer functions and energy monitoring.

In addition to the new HomeKit accessories, TP-Link also announced a new router that automatically moves its antennas for the best Wi-Fi.

9to5Mac’s point of view

All of these new HomeKit-enabled accessories work without a hub, but there’s no word on Matter support just yet. And more importantly, let’s not forget that TP-Link has abandoned plans to roll out support for HomeKit on its popular Kasa Smart Plug Mini, opting instead to release a new version of the accessory.

CES 2022 will bring a range of new HomeKit gadgets, many with no pricing information and no release dates. It’s important to view all of these announcements with some skepticism until the products are actually available for purchase and confirmed to be actually compatible with HomeKit.

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