iHome today has released several new smart home products including the affordable Outdoor SmartPlug with HomeKit compatibility just in time for the holidays as well as three new Wi-Fi based home security sensors.
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iHome’s new Outdoor SmartPlug with HomeKit is designed for outdoor lighting and even small appliances. It can handle up to 1800W and has a 6-foot cord.
It just features one plug, but if that’s all you need it’s priced competitively at $40. For comparison, the iDevices outdoor option comes in at $70-$80, but it does feature two plugs (our review). In any case, having a smart plug for outdoor lighting, especially during the holidays is really handy.
The other new smart products in iHome’s lineup include a Wi-Fi Motion Sensor, Dual Leak Sensor, and a Door and Window Sensor. All three of these products are priced at $30, but they don’t include HomeKit support.
One of the benefits of all of these new products is that since they use Wi-Fi (instead of Bluetooth) there shouldn’t be any latency when controlling them from Apple’s Home app, Siri, or iHome’s control app. There’s also no hub needed.