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Eero 6 and Pro 6 owners now receive Apple’s HomeKit security features

Eero 6 and Pro 6 owners now receive Apple’s HomeKit security features

Eero 6 and Pro 6 owners now receive Apple's HomeKit security features

Amazon Eero 6 and Pro 6 router owners will now be able to isolate their HomeKit IoT devices from the rest of their home network and the wider Internet, thanks to a new integration with the Apple HomeKit, which is now launched (via MacRumors). The new feature comes as part of a firmware update and makes routers some of the first Wi-Fi 6 systems to support Apple integration.

The added feature may be welcome, but it’s probably no surprise to those who paid attention: Eero’s other cheaper routers were updated to support it in February 2020 and an Eero support account mentioned in November through which the router went through the process. Apple certification.

Configuring Eero (or any other supported routers) with HomeKit allows you to manage how much data other HomeKit devices have accessed on the network. If, for example, you have some smart blinds that were a bit shady, you can only use HomeKit to allow them to talk to your local HomeKit Hub and not connect to the internet (or other applications). It’s a niche advantage, for sure, but if you withheld an Eero 6 purchase until it was available, it seems like the time has finally come.

It is worth noting that to use the feature, you need a separate HomeKit Hub: it can be an Apple TV, HomePod (regular or Mini) or iPad that stays in the house. If you want to enable HomeKit on your Eero router, the company has a support page with all the details.