TP-Link’s New Tapo Smart Home Gadgets to Support HomeKit

A photo of the TP-Link Kasa camera

The Tapo accessory line will include security cameras, like this Kasa Spot Cam also from TP-Link.
Photo: Florence Ion / Gizmodo

You might not think of TP-Link when it comes to smart home. After all, other brands are brighter and have more exciting gadgets. But the company best known for its routers also offers a line of Kasa connected home accessories, which is also a good deal and well reviewed. I am a big fan of TP-Link Kasa Spot Camera, and I always use it to watch my stuff.

So I don’t understand why TP-Link is launching another brand of smart home products at CES 2022. The new line is called Tapo and includes everything from a security system with motion detectors to new security cameras and light strips.

The different Tapo products will work with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands. But the real plus is that Tapo will also work natively with Apple HomeKit, something TP-Link’s smart home products haven’t historically.. CES 2022 is likely to help bring more options to current HomeKit users, like these Tapo devices.

Kasa accessories from TP-Link technically worked with HomeKit peripherals but required prior configuration by other means. For example, the Kasa mini smart plug, one of the cheapest devices you can buy, doesn’t support HomeKit. But competent tinkerers have set up Raspberry Pi-based hubs like House bridge to add HomeKit-like features.

Either way, no one wants to give themselves all these problems to control their smart plugs. The news of Apple HomeKit compatibility should bring some relief to those who have been to complain about TP-Link’s lack of HomeKit support for accessories over the years. Hopefully the Tapo line will be as good and affordable as Kasa’s.

TP-Link says the Tapo line “will target multiple categories of smart homes,” which may explain why the launch includes devices… many different categories. There’s a pan and tilt camera with a physical lens cover, a projector camera with a 2,500 lumen projector, and two new outdoor security cameras, one of which is battery powered. In addition, Tapo is launching a mini smart plug, a smart dimmer and a wall outlet, as well as a new smart bulb and a multi-colored light strip.

Tapo will also offer a do-it-yourself safety kit via its smart hub. The Tapo H100 Smart IoT Hub is available with smart motion sensor and smart window / door sensor to create your home security network. There is a 90 decibel alarm built into the smart hub, as well as a separately sold smart button available for easy triggering of devices. You can customize the respective action and trigger of each accessory via the Tapo mobile app.

There is no confirmed date for the launch of the Tapo devices, but TP-Link says they should be available throughout 2022.

Harry D. Gonzalez