Smart plugs are some of the most basic smart home devices, turning anything with wired electrical power into a network-controlled device. TP-Link has introduced its first plug compatible with Matter, and even if you don’t care about Matter, it looks compelling.
The Tapo P125M falls under TP-Link’s “Tapo” line, which is newer and less popular than the company’s long-running “Kasa” product lineup. There’s no real reason why TP-Link has two different smart home ecosystems with two different apps, but that’s a problem the new Matter home standard is supposed to make less annoying, and this plug has the honor of being TP-Link’s first Matter-compatible product. You can set the device up normally with a phone over Bluetooth, or scan the Matter code on the side. TP-Link says it can then be controlled with the Tapo app “or any other Matter-certified app (already configured),” even if your home loses internet connection.
Besides Matter support, the Tapo P125M does all the usual smart plug stuff. You can connect a lamp, appliance, or anything else into the socket, which can then be controlled through apps or virtual assistants. It’s advertised as compatible with…
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