SwitchBot is a unique smart home vendor that has created several pretty amazing products over the years. The SwitchBot button pusher is a good example of a relatively uncommon item with no alternative from another vendor. What makes the SwitchBot experience possible is the SwitchBot Hub 2. With Matter support it's coming to HomeKit, and you can now use the Switch Curtain Opener with HomeKit. HomeKit Weekly is a series focused on smart home accessories, automation tips and tricks, and everything related to Apple's smart home framework. SwitchBot Hub 2 and Matter setup Using the SwitchBot app, add the device to your Wi-Fi and then update the firmware. You will then see the option to add the Matter protocol and HomeKit. During the process, you copy the Matter, go to the Home app, scan for it, select the Hub 2 and paste the code. You then choose a room and see all the sensors built into the Hub 2. Not only does it look great, but it's also a handy way to monitor the humidity and temperature inside your home. Using Hub 2, you can also add the SwitchBot Lock, Curtains and Blind Tilts to HomeKit. Setting Up the SwitchBot Curtain Opener The SwitchBot Curtain Opener comes with several accessories, but for most ring installations it is ready to use. You'll want to fully charge it via USB-C and then add it to the app by pressing and holding the button on the front opener and putting it in pairing mode. Once it's in the SwitchBot app, you can go to the Hub's Matter settings and see where you can add it to HomeKit. It will then automatically appear in the Home app. Use with Scenes and Automations One thing to note is that even if you have two curtain rods that work as one curtain, you will only see them as one curtain in HomeKit. While there is rarely a time when you want to open a single curtain, if you do, you can only do so within the SwitchBot app. Now that the curtains are in HomeKit, you can use scenes and automations to automatically open and close at will. For example, you can now create an automation to automatically close them at sunset and reopen them at sunrise. You can also choose a specific time of day or use a HomeKit motion sensor to open and close based on the movement in the room. The options are endless. I used the SwitchBot Remote as much as I used the Home app or Siri. We keep it on our bedside table and close the curtains before going to bed. Wrapping up Between the SwitchBot Hub 2 and the Curtain Opener, it is a nice upgrade for automating your curtains. The SwitchBot Hub 2 is the type of product that will improve over time as SwitchBot adds more of its products to Matter and therefore HomeKit. The improved model is quieter but more powerful than the previous one. It stays relatively well hidden behind your curtains and you won't notice it until you're looking for it. The SwitchBot curtain opener can be purchased from Amazon. FTC: We use monetized auto-affiliate links. More.
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