Aqara’s new Door and Window Sensor P2 is a local Matter machine

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Aqara has taken the covers off of its first native Matter machine; the Aqara Door and Window Sensor P2 is a Thread-based machine that may work with any Matter controller.

Aqara has already absolutely embraced that new Matter good residence commonplace with a the likes of the M2 Hub and the brand new Good Lock U100 working with Matter, however that is the primary time we have seen a tool from the Chinese language model that does not require you to be already utilizing an Aqara setup and the Aqara app.

The truth is, it could possibly’t truly exist inside an Aqara system, but, because it requires a Matter controller that can be a Thread Border Router, reminiscent of an Apple HomePod, Amazon Echo or a SmartThings Hub.

Nevertheless, Aqara does have its personal Matter controller / Thread border router within the works; we’re informed that the M3 Hub will arrive early subsequent 12 months and appears like being the proper resolution for anybody who already has an array of Aqara’s Zigbee sensors and desires to broaden to a Matter system.

Again to the Aqara Door and Window Sensor P2 and it is your commonplace magnet primarily based good residence sensor, which can be utilized to set off automations and alerts when its closed / open standing modifications.

Sooner or later, as soon as its paired with that new M3 Hub, it is going to turn out to be even smarter as there is a button on board that will also be programmed to set off routines and the like, and a tamper function will even go stay.

The Aqara Door and Window Sensor P2 is on sale now direct from Amazon. It is $29.99 within the US and £29.99 within the UK.

Aqara is at the moment providing a 15% low cost:

• North American shops: USDWP2CA (relevant to Amazon US & Canada)

• European shops: DWSP2UKEU (relevant to Amazon France, Germany, Italy, Spain & UK)

What I feel

You’ll have learn my op-ed, Matter is a multitude, again in March which said that Matter actually wanted to make life simpler for shoppers, not tougher.

And whereas Aqara has been fast to leap on board the Matter bandwagon, it has – till this launch – include some caveats, reminiscent of not working with sure good residence ecosystems or needing s particular Aqara good residence hub to get every thing working inside a Matter setup.

The Aqara Door and Window Sensor P2 factors to a cleaner Matter expertise, one the place a tool works out of the field, it doesn’t matter what digital assistant or Matter controller you utilize.

And that is actually the entire level of Matter.

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