Last week, manufacturer Aqara released its first Thread device. Thus, the new Door and Window Sensor P2 does not require an additional hub, as we are used to from most Aqara devices so far.

As expected from Aqara, the sensor is excellently manufactured. However, it is noticeable that it is quite big. Measuring 77 × 22 × 22 mm, it is much larger than the Aqara Zigbee model. It is powered by a CR123A battery. If you want to take a look at the user manual in advance, you can do so here.

Thread is said to provide low power consumption and longer and stable range in the new P2 sensor. The advantage of using Thread for some users may be the elimination of a separate Aqara Hub. Thus, an existing Apple TV or HomePod is sufficient as a border router. Matter provides fast and simultaneous integration with the other smarthome systems in addition to HomeKit.

In our case, the P2 sensor is added to HomeKit in a few seconds and can then be displayed as a window, garage door, blind, door, or general contact sensor.

The response time is excellent. The sensor immediately reports its current open/closed status to the Home app. This allows the contact sensor to be used perfectly in automations. The Aqara app is not yet ready for the sensor. There, the sensor cannot currently be used in the Aqara ecosystem. Firmware updates are distributed directly via the Apple Home app for Matter when needed.

As of now, the new Aqara Door and Window Sensor is available through Amazon for €32.99. If you use the discount code “DWSP2UKEU”, you will currently save 15%, reducing the price to €28.04.