Is there some network configuration/setting that can interfere with adding Matter devices to Apple Home, or is (Apple's implementation of) Matter just not that "seamless" yet?

Cupertino, September 18, 2023

I have an Aqara E1 hub and out of curiosity I wanted to add it to Home via Matter instead of HomeKit but no matter what I do it just won't let me add the device. A few months ago I was able to add the Philips Hue bridge via Matter when the beta was open, it took a few tries but eventually it connected. I deleted the connection and went back to HomeKit because it's not ready yet. I wanted to try it again (hoping that a successfully connected Matter device at my house would allow me to add the Aqara hub as well). However, now when I try the Hue bridge again, it's the same as the Aqara hub. Hue's Matter support should come out of beta this month, and Aqara's Matter support also doesn't say it's beta. Why won't these devices connect to my home? Are there any known configuration/network configurations that may interfere with the integration/commissioning of Matter devices? I have a Fritz!Box Moden/Router, 3 TP-Link deco M5 set in AP mode, 3 Apple Home hubs (HomePod mini, ATV 4K 2017, ATV HD). If you want to know what happens when I try to add the devices, I'm happy to elaborate.

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