April 13, 2024

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Aqara are one of many first firms to start the rollout of the brand new Matter royalty-free residence automation commonplace.

Matter is a brand new connectivity commonplace for IoT gadgets to allow all kinds of sensible residence equipment to work collectively throughout manufacturers and ecosystems. Through an M2 hub with this new firmware, the Aqara Zigbee gadgets will be capable to connect with the Matter-ready, third-party apps over Wi-Fi. However this firmware will not replace the Zigbee gadgets to help Thread. 

At first, it’s going to solely be the Aqara M2 Hub that may obtain the replace and the rollout seems to be incremental. While you log in to the app, you’ll be given the choice to improve to the firmware model 4.0.0 (beta). After I tried, it was solely V3.5 that’s out there.

It is estimated to take 4-6 weeks for all of the M2 hubs to obtain the firmware replace. Different Aqara hubs, together with the Hub M1S/M1S Gen 2, Hub E1, Digital camera Hub G3 and Digital camera Hub G2H Professional will obtain related firmware updates within the following months. 

Aqara has supplied a information to ensure the improve goes as easily as potential:

Customers are strongly urged to verify the necessities rigorously earlier than continuing: 

  • Please make sure the Aqara House app is up-to-date (model 3.0.8 or larger), and linked to one of many world servers exterior Mainland China; 
  • Please bind at the very least 1 Zigbee gadget to the M2 hub earlier than binding the M2 to any third-party platforms by way of Matter;
  • Please make sure the M2 hub, the Matter controller gadgets (e.g. HomePod mini, Nest Hubs, and many others.) and the cell phone with Matter-ready app are on the identical native community (similar SSID); 
  • If customers intend to bind the M2 hub to Apple House by way of Matter, please make sure the firmware model of Apple gadgets (e.g. iPhone, HomePod mini) is up-to-date (model 16.3 or larger). 

Please additionally be aware that binding present gadgets to Matter will not require customers to reset all the pieces. Customers can preserve utilizing HomeKit (prompt), and join Aqara gadgets to different system(s) by way of Matter. 

Matter is a brand new commonplace, and Aqara is aware of that the Matter experiences of Aqara gadgets nonetheless has quite a few limitations.

  • At this stage, we’ve got 40+ Aqara gadgets which might be capable of join with Matter by way of the M2 hub (please seek advice from this list). And solely the worldwide variations of those gadgets are assured to get Matter help, because the Chinese language variations of a number of the gadgets is probably not supported in the meanwhile. 
  • In case of connecting the gadgets to Apple House by way of Matter, please be aware that it is extremely delicate to the Wi-Fi router high quality and sign. If the sign just isn’t robust sufficient, it’s going to usually present “No response”. 
  • So as to add the gadgets to Google House by way of Matter, customers must have one in all Google House or Nest gadgets as a Matter controller (please seek advice from this blog). Additionally, customers must have an Android cellphone for the Matter-ready Google House app, as Google House on iOS gadgets doesn’t help Matter but. 
  • Amazon Alexa and Samsung SmartThings don’t help Matter Bridge (similar to Hub M2) gadget sort but, and can’t join the Zigbee gadgets which might be linked to the M2 by way of Matter in the meanwhile. 
  • The brand new firmware is a BETA model, and it might has some bugs which can trigger surprising affect in some circumstances. If occurs, please attempt to unbind from Matter and re-add the hub to Matter app.