Wi-Fi router producer TP-Hyperlink is lastly uniting its two sensible dwelling manufacturers underneath one app, Tapo. The corporate has made sensible devices since 2015, however confoundingly underneath two separate manufacturers: Tapo and Kasa.
Each manufacturers provide superb smart plugs, switches, lights, related cameras, and different devices for comparatively low costs. However confusingly, lots of them look and work nearly identically whereas requiring two separate apps to regulate them. This state of affairs has long frustrated users of these inexpensive devices.
After a latest replace (Tapo 3.0), TP-Hyperlink is now letting customers port their Kasa devices into the Tapo app. This lets you management all of your units from one app and combine them into any routines or automations you will have within the Tapo app.
TP-Hyperlink does word that some devices can’t be migrated; nonetheless, all Kasa units offered within the U.S. will work within the Tapo app. The migration solely works a technique, Kasa to Tapo, not vice versa, and as soon as moved, you possibly can nonetheless entry units within the Kasa app.
TP-Hyperlink has printed a guide to porting your devices, which signifies that any teams and sensible actions you will have arrange in Kasa will come over to the Tapo app. Nonetheless, any Kasa subscriptions you will have, equivalent to Kasa Take care of cloud storage of digicam footage, will solely stay energetic within the Kasa app, which TP-Hyperlink confirms is just not going away.
Additionally, you will must relink units to third-party providers like Google House and Amazon Alexa as soon as they’re within the Tapo app.
Kasa and Tapo will stay as distinct and impartial manufacturers
“The Tapo app now serves because the unified platform for managing each Kasa and Tapo units, leveraging its complete ecosystem that spans throughout extra classes than Kasa and eliminating the necessity for customers to modify backwards and forwards between separate functions,” TP-Hyperlink spokesperson Elin Zhao stated in a press release to The Verge. “It’s necessary to make clear that, regardless of this integration, Kasa and Tapo will stay as distinct and impartial manufacturers.”
Whereas each manufacturers provide Wi-Fi merchandise, some Tapo units — together with sensors, lights, and cameras — work over the 922Mhz sub-GHz frequency, serving to keep away from the congested 2.4GHz band. Nonetheless, these do require a hub.
Even when the Kasa model continues to be sticking round, with this alteration, it seems TP-Hyperlink is focusing its energies on the Tapo model. There have been quite a few Tapo launches this 12 months, together with some new classes (robot vacuums) and a number of other new outdoor cameras. All of this has made the Tapo model the extra strong of the 2 by way of appropriate system sorts.
Regardless of the company technique could also be, having to make use of just one app to regulate devices from the identical firm is unquestionably an enchancment and actually ought to have been an choice since day one.
Up to date December 19, 12:30PM: Added particulars from TP-Hyperlink confirming you could proceed to make use of the Kasa app after migrating to the Tapo app and that each one Kasa merchandise at the moment obtainable on the market in the USA might be managed utilizing the Tapo app.
Correction, December 19, 12:30PM: TP-Hyperlink began its sensible home-based business in 2015, not 2019 as a earlier model of this text said. We remorse the error.