On a recent Internet of Things Podcast episode, we took a call from our podcast hotline about smart home energy management. Thomas is looking for a whole home energy management solution but he has a specific requirement. He wants it to be open … [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...]
Do Matter devices support smart energy management?
On a recent Internet of Things Podcast episode, we took a call from our Voicemail hotline segment with a question about energy monitoring and Matter. Billy currently uses smart plugs and outlets from Etekcity and TP-Link. As Billy preps for Matter … [Read more...]
Which are better for HomeKit and in general: Smart bulbs or smart switches?
On our most recent IoT Podcast, Aaron called in with a question about smart lighting. His question is for HomeKit but really applies to smart homes on any platform. He's looking for advice on which reliable smart bulbs to buy. And Aaron wants to know … [Read more...]
How to use a smart plug as an “on-call” button
On our most recent IoT Podcast, Matt called in to our voicemail hotline with an interesting use for a smart plug. Normally, we take questions from our hotline, but Matt's idea was too good not to share. Essentially, he figured out a way to add a … [Read more...]