Aqara M2 Hub Begins to get Matter Assist with V4 Firmware

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Aqara are one of many first corporations 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. By way of an M2 hub with this new firmware, the Aqara Zigbee gadgets will be capable to hook up with the Matter-ready, third-party apps over Wi-Fi. However this firmware will not replace the Zigbee gadgets to assist Thread. 

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

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 comparable firmware updates within the following months. 

Aqara has supplied a information to verify the improve goes as easily as doable:

Customers are strongly urged to examine the necessities fastidiously earlier than continuing: 

  • Please make sure the Aqara Dwelling app is up-to-date (model 3.0.8 or larger), and related to one of many world servers outdoors Mainland China; 
  • Please bind at the very least 1 Zigbee system to the M2 hub earlier than binding the M2 to any third-party platforms through 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 Dwelling through 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 observe that binding current gadgets to Matter will not require customers to reset all the pieces. Customers can hold utilizing HomeKit (advised), and join Aqara gadgets to different system(s) through 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 are in a position to join with Matter through the M2 hub (please discuss with this checklist). And solely the worldwide variations of those gadgets are assured to get Matter assist, because the Chinese language variations of among the gadgets is probably not supported in the meanwhile. 
  • In case of connecting the gadgets to Apple Dwelling through Matter, please observe that it is extremely delicate to the Wi-Fi router high quality and sign. If the sign just isn’t sturdy sufficient, it’ll typically present “No response”. 
  • So as to add the gadgets to Google Dwelling through Matter, customers must have one in all Google Dwelling or Nest gadgets as a Matter controller (please discuss with this weblog). Additionally, customers must have an Android cellphone for the Matter-ready Google Dwelling app, as Google Dwelling on iOS gadgets doesn’t assist Matter but. 
  • Amazon Alexa and Samsung SmartThings don’t assist Matter Bridge (resembling Hub M2) system sort but, and can’t join the Zigbee gadgets which are related to the M2 through Matter in the meanwhile. 
  • The brand new firmware is a BETA model, and it might has some bugs which can trigger surprising impression in some instances. If occurs, please attempt to unbind from Matter and re-add the hub to Matter app. 
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