TP-Link's first Matter-certified smart plug with energy monitoring is now available and links to HomeKit.
Launched through its Kasa Smart brand, the plug — KP125M — lets people control their smart home devices from a single app. It works with Apple's HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, Google Home, and Samsung SmartThings.
The smart plug monitors the energy usage of any device plugged into it, and users can get insights into their usage patterns to make informed decisions about their energy consumption. In this manner, it can help people save money on their energy bills.
The Kasa Smart KP125M plug also offers scheduling and timer features. Besides controlling the plug via the Kasa Smart app that requires iOS 10 or later, users can control it using voice commands with Siri.
Its compact design means it will only take up a little space on an outlet and measures 2.62 inches by 1.57 inches by 1.5 inches. It's also flame retardant to help prevent damage in the case of a house fire.
Matter is a new industry standard for smart home appliances for interoperability between various smart home devices and offers an easy setup process. All Matter-supported devices can work together, no matter which brand makes them.
It requires iOS 16.2 or later to control Matter devices.