Setting Up Your IKEA DIRIGERA Smart Hub: A Step-by-Step Guide

Cupertino, September 2, 2023

While IKEA is best known for its furniture, it also offers a robust range of wallet-friendly smart home accessories. Whether you need smart lamps, WiFi speakers, blinds, remote controls or smart plugs, IKEA has it all.


Before you can dive into IKEA's smart home ecosystem, however, you'll need to set up a DIRIGERA Smart Hub. We'll show you how easy it is to get your new hub up and running.

What is the IKEA DIRIGERA Smart Hub?

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The DIRIGERA Smart Hub acts as a command center for IKEA's line of smart home accessories. With a DIRIGERA hub you can control smart plugs, lighting, blinds and more via the IKEA Home Smart App, available on iOS and Android. IKEA's hub communicates with the company's smart home accessories via Zigbee, a short-range wireless networking standard. Zigbee offers lower power consumption than traditional standards such as Wi-Fi, and its built-in mesh networking technology allows users to extend range simply by adding additional products to their home.

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The DIRIGERA hub connects to your home network via Ethernet and needs a constant power source to keep everything running. Once connected, the IKEA Home Smart App offers the ability to create groups and scenes with multiple accessories and integration with other ecosystems such as Alexa, Google Home and Apple's HomeKit. While IKEA previously offered the TRADFRI gateway to manage its smart home ecosystem, the newer DIRIGERA hub expands on its predecessor by offering more connectivity options. This upgrade includes future compatibility with Matter, which promises true cross-platform support no matter which phone or voice assistant your family relies on.

How to set up your IKEA DIRIGERA Smart Hub

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Setting up an IKEA DIRIGERA Smart Hub is a relatively simple process. If you've ever installed a Philips Hue Bridge or any other smart home hub, you'll be instantly familiar with the setup process.

  1. Download the IKEA Home Smart app (for iOS or Android).
  2. Launch the IKEA Home smart app and tap Get started.
  3. Select your region, then tap Next.
  4. Review the Privacy Statement, then tap Next.
  5. Review the Analytics Consent, make your selection, and then tap Next.
  6. Review the Terms and Conditions, then tap Accept.
  7. Tap Get started.
  8. Connect your DIRIGERA Hub to your router with the provided Ethernet cable, then tap Next.
  9. Connect your DIRIGERA Hub to a power outlet using the supplied USB cable and power block, then tap Next.
  10. Tap Allow network access.
  11. Wait for the indicator light on the hub to turn into a full circle, then tap Next.
  12. Tap My hub is ready.
  13. The app will now locate your hub and apply the latest software updates.
  14. Tap Next when you're done.
  15. Press the Action button at the bottom of your DIRIGERA Hub and then tap Next.
  16. Enter a name for your hub using the on-screen keyboard, then tap Next.
  17. Add rooms to your home by tapping the suggested options, or create custom rooms if needed.
  18. Tap Done to complete the installation process.

With your DIRIGERA Hub setup, you are now ready to add your IKEA smart home accessories. You can now also link your DIRIGERA Hub to another ecosystem, such as Alexa, Google Home, or Apple HomeKit. In most cases, voice assistant integration only requires a few extra taps or a scan of the pairing code on the device if you want to add it to Apple HomeKit.

Your home just got smarter with the IKEA DIRIGERA Smart Hub. With a quick and easy installation process and access to an incredible range of affordable smart home accessories, IKEA's DIRIGERA Smart Hub is a great choice for building or expanding your smart home. It's a future-proof way to create a smart home.

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