Has anyone created a HomeKit router? I'm not sure I understood the concept ...

Cupertino, March 15, 2020

Has anyone installed one of the new HomrKit routers? The press I have seen is very vague about what they really offer and I am curious about a number of things:

1. Do your smart home devices need to connect to a different SSID?
2. How do you "protect the rest of your network" from the vulnerabilities of a smarthome device, and yet allow you to access those devices on the network? What does this mean in practice?
3. Does ** only offer this protection for HomeKit devices? What if I have other smart devices that are not compatible with HomeKit or that connect to Alexa, Google Home or IFTTT? For example, I have a Somfy engine that controls a retractable roof over my deck, which doesn't accept HomeKit, but accepts IFTTT, so I have to use IFTTT or I can't do automations like "close the roof if it starts to rain". Another example is that my Onelink devices connect to Alexa and Ecobee connects to Alexa, Google and IFTTT.
4. Do you consider Apple AppleTV, HomePod, etc. to be an unpleasant device?
5. How does things like AirPlay2 affect smart home devices in the "protection zone" and personal devices like my iPhone? For example, I have 6 Onelink Safe & Sound devices, a Sonos and a Vizo TV, which can contain AirPlay 2 content on my iPhone or one of my HomePods.

If there is a white paper that I can read somewhere or someone knows the answers to these questions, that would be great. Just before this announcement we purchased a Google Nest Wifi system from Costco, and the time to return it will expire soon. I have to decide if I want to switch to a Velop or Eero system, but I'm not clear about the benefits.

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