Tech Published: 11 April 2024 Update: 11 April 2024

Aqara’s new motion sensor works with Matter and Thread, but that means problems

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A white motion sensor on a wooden shelf.
The Aqara Motion and Light Sensor P2 is the company’s first motion sensor that doesn’t require a Zigbee hub.

Aqara’s Thread-based Motion and Light Sensor P2 ($33.99) has been on my smart home wish list since it was announced way back in 2022 — and now, it’s finally here. My home runs on motion sensors, and I’ve been using Aqara’s Zigbee-based ones for years. They’re among my favorites due to their low price, small size, simplicity, and rock-solid reliability. But they require a hub, which adds complexity and makes them harder to recommend.

What makes the new P2 different is that it uses Matter-over-Thread instead of Zigbee. This means that, in theory, it will connect directly to your smart home platform of choice — Apple Home, Amazon Alexa, Google Home, etc. — no Aqara Zigbee hub needed. It’s also $10 cheaper than the Eve Motion ($49.95), the…

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