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This smart door at CES 2022 has a Ring doorbell and smart lock built in

Masonite M-Pwr smart door
(Image credit: Masonite)

Several of the best smart home devices are designed for your front door: video doorbells, smart locks and door sensors that can trigger a smart home routine, like turning your lights on. We’d consider making your home’s entry intelligent a multi-step process, but Masonite is hoping to change that with the first-ever, fully-integrated smart door announced during CES 2022.

In collaboration with industry-leading brands like Ring and Yale Home, the Masonite M-Pwr Smart Door promises the most connected front door possible. So rather than accumulating a bunch of individual devices and figuring out more efficient way to power each of them, the M-Pwr Smart Door provides a one-stop solution. 

What makes Masonite’s smart door different from the average dumb door is a built-in power system that’s wired to your home’s electricity. That means you shouldn’t have to worry about replacing batteries, a common demand for the best smart locks, for example. And in the case your house loses power, the M-Pwr Smart Door comes with a backup battery, so you’ll always be able to secure your home. 

At launch, the Masonite smart door will come with sensors, lights, a Ring Video Doorbell and a Yale smart lock. When I asked the company about supporting a broader selection of the best video doorbells and smart locks, it suggested at least some modularity to accommodate next-generation devices. I can install a new smart lock whenever I like, but replacing my entire front door to keep up with advancing smart home technology is impractical — not to mention, expensive.

The whole smart door ordeal likely won’t come cheap, either. As I’ve learned, you save thousands when you DIY your smart home, setting up a $199 video doorbell and $249 smart lock in your own time. The Masonite M-Pwr Smart Door is more of an elevated smart home solution for those who want and can afford a hands-off approach. It reminds me of something in Control4’s tier rather than something you’d see displayed at Best Buy.

And like Control4’s smart home system, the M-Pwr Smart Door requires professional installation. You’ll need an electrician to hook the door up to your home’s wiring. I learned about neutral wires and C-Wires along my own smart home adventures, but wiring a smart door is well out of my league.

Of course, one of the luxuries of a smart door is getting to customize its look for your home. The Masonite M-Pwr Smart Door is available in a variety of styles, colors and finishes, including multiple glass options. 

It’s currently being deployed via building partners, so we can’t offer much information in terms of availability, but I think it’s interesting to see how conventional home elements are being adapted for the Internet of Things. Maybe integrated smart windows or smart staircases or smart cabinets will be next. 

Kate Kozuch

Kate Kozuch is a senior writer at Tom’s Guide covering wearables, TVs and everything smart-home related. When she’s not in cyborg mode, you can find her on an exercise bike or channeling her inner celebrity chef. She and her robot army will rule the world one day, but until then, reach her at kate.kozuch@futurenet.com.