Amazon’s Eero 6 mesh Wi-Fi router now works with Apple HomeKit

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The Eero 6 is officially compatible with HomeKit.

The Eero 6 is officially compatible with HomeKit.
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Amazon is today launching a firmware update for the Eero 6 which finally adds compatibility with Apple’s smart home standard. Eero 6 and Eero 6 Pro users can add devices to the HomeKit app and control them through the Home app on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

Amazon has already implemented a support page for current Eero 6 owners interested in setting up HomeKit. Once the firmware update is complete, you’ll see an option to configure HomeKit in the Eero app.

Eero does Note the router’s ability to firewall each HomeKit accessory. This ensures that all devices connected via HomeKit only communicate with other devices within the same wifi network. The feature also checks every software update to ensure it is downloaded from a verified source.

The same support page points to three levels of security for your HomeKit devices. They are the following:

Restrict to home: The most secure. Your device can only interact with HomeKit through your Apple devices. The device does not connect to the internet or any local device, so any third-party services, such as firmware updates, may be blocked.

Automatique: Security by default. The router allows the accessory to connect to an automatically updated list of manufacturer-approved internet services and local devices.

No restriction: Less secure. This setting bypasses the secure router and allows your device to interact with any device on your network or internet service.

These same security features were made available to older Eero devices in February 2020. But if you’re shopping for a Wi-Fi 6 Router and are all compliant with Apple’s smart home standard, it’s good to know that the Eero 6 is officially HomeKit compatible. (The Linksys Velop is also an option if you’re looking for gigabit-ready speeds.)

The news is also a boon for the HomeKit ecosystem, as this effectively creates a mesh network suitable for Apple—n usersNote the special emphasis on privacy and security with Eero’s default firewall.

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