This week's show is full of both good news and bad news, starting with Google apparently dropping software update support for third-party smart displays. We question Google's commitment to the smart home, even though the good news from Google is that … [Read more...]
Nanoleaf Essentials Matter reviewed: Great but not quite seamless (updated)
After the introduction of the Nanoleaf Essentials Matter product line last month, I’ve spent nearly a week testing the new devices. These use Bluetooth and/or Thread for their connection and are available in a $19.99 A19 bulb and an 80-inch Light … [Read more...]
What’s the impact of Matter on smart home cloud services?
On a recent Internet of Things podcast episode, we took a voicemail question on our hotline. He correctly notes that Samsung has shut down its SmartThings Cloud service, requiring device makers to use alternative services, such as AWS or Azure. That … [Read more...]
Is it time to upgrade that smart home router?
On a recent Internet of Things Podcast, we took a voicemail from Keith about his smart home router. He's been adding and removing hubs, switches, bulbs and security devices from his wireless networks over the years. Keith wants to know if he should … [Read more...]
TP-Link Tapo Smart Plug with Matter: Simple and mostly smart
After updating an older smart plug to support Matter in November, I tested my first Matter-certified outlet. The $19.99 TP-Link Tapo P125M supports Matter right out of the box. As a result, the setup process was essentially... boring. That's … [Read more...]
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