what to do when considering new security solution, other smart things and Matter

Cupertino, July 28, 2023

I am still relatively new to HomeKit in my home, and I am ready to make a bigger investment in home automation tech.
I have a new Apple TV 4K as my hub (when everything is booted and running correctly) and three HomePod minis around the house. I have a ring doorbell, cameras, and alarm system, a nest second gen thermostat, and a handful of other ‘semi-HomeKit compatible‘ Feit plugs and light switches.

Having had a taste of things that do work reasonably well with HomeKit, I am ready to pull the trigger, and do some investment in upgrading the rest of my infrastructure to better integrate with HomeKit. The big question now is what is the best way to do that.
I know I could go the route of acquiring a home bridge, appliance, and using it to integrate my existing IOT devices with HomeKit, but I am reluctant to do that considering that Matter is the new standard that most IOT makers will be aligning themselves with (or at least should be).

Looking for advice in mid 2023 about how to take my existing environment and upgrade it to better integrate with HomeKit.
If I’m happy with my current devices, and I just want better HomeKit integration, would using a home bridge appliance to achieve that integration be a good, in terms of compatibility, way to go? Is it worth it to start looking at more Matter–HomeKit compatible devices as a replacement for the ones that I’m currently using, or is it still too early in the market for that?

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