As I stated previously, HomeKit door and window sensors are often overlooked but incredibly versatile devices. They can be even more versatile than HomeKit motion sensors. In this HomeKit Weekly, we will discuss the Meross MS200 door and window sensor. Meross is a highly regarded HomeKit vendor known for their affordable and reliable products that work seamlessly with HomeKit. They have a wide range of products, including outdoor plugs and HomeKit lights. Recently, they have been using a hub to connect their devices to HomeKit, which may simplify their product rollout strategy. By integrating the hub into HomeKit, it will likely be easier and faster for them to develop and release new products.
To install the Meross MS200, you first need to set up the Meross hub. This involves resetting the hub to factory settings, which takes only a few minutes. It would be more convenient if this step was done at the factory. After the reset, you can proceed with the setup process in the Meross app and HomeKit simultaneously. The next step is to pair the actual Meross MS200 door sensor using the provided reset tool. This process takes about ten minutes, from unpacking to pairing. Once the sensor is paired in the Meross app, it will automatically appear as a contact sensor in HomeKit. You can then mount the sensor on a door or window.
To create a HomeKit automation with the Meross MS200, start by selecting a trigger in the Home app. Tap the + button and choose "add automation." Then select "a sensor detects something" and locate the MS200 sensor. Choose a trigger action, such as when the sensor opens or closes, based on a set time, or when someone enters or leaves. Once you have selected your trigger, choose an accessory to automate. This could be turning on lights or playing music. Test the automation to ensure it works correctly. If needed, adjust the trigger, action, or conditions. Once everything is set, press "done" and your automation is ready to use.
Overall, the possibilities with a HomeKit door sensor like the Meross MS200 are limitless. You can use it for various purposes, such as lighting control or temperature adjustment. The MS200 is available for purchase directly from Meross and may also be found on their Amazon store. Please note that this content may contain monetized auto-affiliate links.
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