Lend me your expertise. Is Homekit the solution for me? Also Aqara B1 questions.

Cupertino, October 5, 2021

Hello folks, this is my first time visiting this sub. I hope this is the right sub to ask this. I am a newbie when it comes to home automation and I have a few questions.

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So I wanted to install a smart curtain/drape track and from my research, it seems Aqara track is quiet and cost-effective. And Aqara B1 seems to be the one that works with Homekit. My question is: if I purchase the track, would that typically include the motor or is it just a shell track that i have to purchase the motor separately and connect? What is Zigbee and what does it mean that a gateway is needed?

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I currently have a few (4) Google home mini (I use it to play music throughout my apartment and light in my bedroom). The builder of my new house will apparently give us a few smart device including Echo Dot, Show-5, Samsung Smart Things Hub, Ring doorbell, WiFi garage opener, Leviton Decora Smart Switch and WAP / Eero. I know nothing about some of those things (Show-5, Samsung Hub, WAP/Eero) and how it can be utilized for home automation. What do those do and are these things compatible with Homekit?

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My goal is to start on home automation for my new house. I will be getting smart bulbs, led strips, and other smart things. Maybe will an apple tv too. My wife and I uses iPhone 12 Pro and 8 so if I can utilize Homekit, I think it will be very convenient.

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Please lend me your expertise on home automation and Homekit. Thank you in advance!

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