Aqara today formally revealed its new M2 HomeKit hub along with the latest sensors and switches compatible with Zigbee 3.0. The large modifications that come with the new M2 hub, apart from what we mentioned earlier, are that the new hub can support more than three times the quantity of Zigbee machines topping out at a whopping 100 device limit, with the present hub being restricted to just 30 machines. The unit has dual antennas, not as earlier reported a dual band wifi antenna. The new M2 hub supports ZigBee and Wifi, as stated in previous papers, as well as ethernet connection via the included RJ45 port at the back of the device.
When we first found proof of this product back in May, it was shown to have Bluetooth assistance as well, and while the specs mention Bluetooth 5.0, Bluetooth connectivity is not mentioned on the official website as one of the alternatives at the beginning of the Aqara M2 section, so it could be a future alternative for Mi / Mijia to connect to Bluetooth devices, as Aqara does not bring any Bluetooth d
HomeKit Aqara Door Lock
With HomeKit assistance, the Aqara S2 Pro Door Lock will be upgraded. The present S2 Pro will not receive an upgrade to HomeKit assistance, so when it becomes accessible it will be substituted by the new HomeKit variant. Aqara has now formally announced its new T1 switches and sensors, along with a fresh intelligent plug, as stated in earlier articles.
ZigBee 3.0 Light Switches
Aqara also disclosed their famous wall switches in fresh variants. The fresh switches will use Zigbee 3.0 and will be installed in the usual single and double switch settings, but a fresh three-button wall switch will be added. The fresh switches are only the wired versions in-wall, not the wireless switches. The switches will be available in variants of neutral wire and no-neutral wire. New variants of the present Aqara Wireless Switches will be available, which will help Zigbee 3.0.
New Opple Ceiling Lamps and Switches
The new M2 hub will also operate with Opple (no, not Apple) introducing fresh lamps and wall switches, which will also work with HomeKit. The lights as well as the switches will use Zigbee 3.0 to link to the hub and be subjected to Apple HomeKit from there.
Aqara is also presenting a fresh Ambient light sensor, as we indicated earlier. This will use Zigbee 3.0 as with all the aforementioned new systems, it will have an adaptive variety, so if you want it to report ambient light up to a certain distance, you can do it. It can also differentiate’ perceived ambient lighting,’ which we take to suppose brightness measures as perceived by humans. It’s magnetic, so any metal surface can be stuck. It will be rated as IPX3, which means it can resist water splashes, but not continuous water, such as rain or water. The battery will have a maximum of two years, as well as a small battery reminder, as well as allowing you to see the ZigBee signal strength between the sensor and the hub.
Aqara G2H Camera
For some people, the biggest news will be that the Aqara G2 camera looks like it won’t get the rumored HomeKit assistance, with the G2H camera being unveiled to promote HomeKit. Currently there is little other data about the camera, the price and when it will be out, as well as whether it will also behave as a portal enabled by standard or HomeKit.
B1 Curtain Motor
Aqara has also placed the official Aqara M2 hub specs on their website’s Chinese edition, confirming that the B1 Smart Curtain Controller will work with HomeKit. Through both the current Aqara hub and the new M2 hub, the B1 will work with HomeKit.