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HomeKit integration is now launched on Eero 6 and Eero Pro 6 routers

HomeKit integration is now launched on Eero 6 and Eero Pro 6 routers

HomeKit integration is now launched on Eero 6 and Eero Pro 6 routers

Eero is expanding the availability of HomeKit support on its routers to Eero 6 and Eero Pro 6. With HomeKit support, users of these Eero routers now have more control over the security of their smart home devices and the access that HomeKit devices have to their network.

Eero confirmed that HomeKit support is now launching on the Eero 6 series on Twitter. The new feature comes with a firmware update, which is accessible through the latest version of the Eero app for iOS. HomeKit support first came to Eero and Eero Pro systems last year, and now Eero is extending the feature to its Wi-Fi 6 compatible routers.

The benefits of HomeKit-enabled routers are primarily related to additional security features, including the ability to turn off firewall accessories to prevent them from accessing the entire network. Apple describes it as the ability to “improve security by monitoring the networking of home accessories and preventing unsafe connections.”

In the Home app on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, you can customize the connection security level for each HomeKit accessory. The safest option is to ensure that your HomeKit accessory can only interact with the HomeKit through your Apple devices. Here’s how Apple explains the options:

  • Limited to home: The safest. Your accessory can only interact with HomeKit through your Apple devices. The accessory will not connect to the Internet or any local device, so any third party services, such as firmware updates, may be blocked.
  • Automatic: Default security. Your accessory may communicate with HomeKit and its manufacturer’s recommended connections.
  • No restrictions: At least for sure. This setting bypasses the secure router and allows your accessory to interact with any device on your network or Internet-based service.

In addition to Eero, selected Linksys routers also support HomeKit integration. In general, however, the adoption of HomeKit router integration has been limited.

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