Eero Mesh WiFi Routers Gain HomeKit Support
Any Eero, Eero Pro, or Eero Beacon running the eeroOS 3.18.0 update or later is now able to be added to the Home app using a setup process in the Eero app.
HomeKit for routers is a feature that was added in iOS 13, and it is designed to firewall off smart home devices for a more secure HomeKit experience. With HomeKit for routers, smart home products are not able to communicate outside the home without user permission, so if one HomeKit device becomes compromised, others remain safe.
There are multiple security settings that can be enabled for HomeKit-connected routers, as outlined by Eero.
– Automatic: allows an accessory to communicate to the devices and services approved by its manufacturer, preventing access by unauthorized services.
– Restrict to Home: allows an accessory to communicate only to HomeKit on your Apple devices. You will be able to manage your accessories through the Home app, but this may reduce some functionality, such as firmware updates.
– No restriction: allows an accessory to communicate with every device in your home, and any website or service on the internet, much like other devices on your home network.
After a HomeKit-connected router is added to a HomeKit setup, Apple recommends all WiFi-based HomeKit devices be removed and re-added to your setup to ensure that the connections are secure.
Eero is the first router manufacturer to add support for HomeKit to its devices, but HomeKit support is also coming to Linksys and Charter/Spectrum routers.
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