Aqara M2 Hub Begins to get Matter Help with V4 Firmware

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Aqara are one of many first firms to start the rollout of the brand new Matter royalty-free house automation normal.

Matter is a brand new connectivity normal for IoT gadgets to allow all kinds of good house equipment to work collectively throughout manufacturers and ecosystems. Through an M2 hub with this new firmware, the Aqara Zigbee gadgets will be capable to hook up with the Matter-ready, third-party apps over Wi-Fi. However this firmware will not replace the Zigbee gadgets to assist Thread. 

At first, it can solely be the Aqara M2 Hub that can obtain the replace and the rollout seems to be incremental. While you log in to the app, you can be given the choice to improve to the firmware model 4.0.0 (beta). Once I tried, it was solely V3.5 that’s accessible.

It is estimated to take 4-6 weeks for all of the M2 hubs to obtain the firmware replace. Different Aqara hubs, together with the Hub M1S/M1S Gen 2, Hub E1, Digital camera Hub G3 and Digital camera Hub G2H Professional will obtain comparable firmware updates within the following months. 

Aqara has offered a information to ensure the improve goes as easily as attainable:

Customers are strongly urged to test the necessities rigorously earlier than continuing: 

  • Please make sure the Aqara Dwelling app is up-to-date (model 3.0.8 or greater), and linked to one of many world servers exterior Mainland China; 
  • Please bind no less than 1 Zigbee system to the M2 hub earlier than binding the M2 to any third-party platforms through Matter;
  • Please make sure the M2 hub, the Matter controller gadgets (e.g. HomePod mini, Nest Hubs, and so on.) and the cell phone with Matter-ready app are on the identical native community (similar SSID); 
  • If customers intend to bind the M2 hub to Apple Dwelling through Matter, please make sure the firmware model of Apple gadgets (e.g. iPhone, HomePod mini) is up-to-date (model 16.3 or greater). 

Please additionally word that binding present gadgets to Matter will not require customers to reset every thing. Customers can preserve utilizing HomeKit (urged), and join Aqara gadgets to different system(s) through Matter. 

Matter is a brand new normal, and Aqara is aware of that the Matter experiences of Aqara gadgets nonetheless has plenty of limitations.

  • At this stage, we have now 40+ Aqara gadgets which can be in a position to join with Matter through the M2 hub (please discuss with this list). And solely the worldwide variations of those gadgets are assured to get Matter assist, because the Chinese language variations of a number of the gadgets is probably not supported in the meanwhile. 
  • In case of connecting the gadgets to Apple Dwelling through Matter, please word that it is extremely delicate to the Wi-Fi router high quality and sign. If the sign shouldn’t be robust sufficient, it can typically present “No response”. 
  • So as to add the gadgets to Google Dwelling through Matter, customers have to have one among Google Dwelling or Nest gadgets as a Matter controller (please discuss with this blog). Additionally, customers have to have an Android cellphone for the Matter-ready Google Dwelling app, as Google Dwelling on iOS gadgets doesn’t assist Matter but. 
  • Amazon Alexa and Samsung SmartThings don’t assist Matter Bridge (equivalent to Hub M2) system kind but, and can’t join the Zigbee gadgets which can be linked to the M2 through Matter in the meanwhile. 
  • The brand new firmware is a BETA model, and it could has some bugs which can trigger surprising impression in some circumstances. If occurs, please attempt to unbind from Matter and re-add the hub to Matter app.