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M1S and M2 hubs now include Aqara Matter support, which includes sensors, switches, and more.

Aqara Matter compatibility has been added to two of its current hubs, bringing them up to date with Apple’s HomeKit smart home networking standard. By updating the hubs, Matter will be able to link to a wide range of its products, including sensors, switches, and plugs.

The Aqara M1S and M2 hubs will be the first to receive Matter compatibility, according to the firm…

Background

Matter is a secure connection standard for smart home devices that is open-source. It was originally called as CHIP (Connected Home over IP), and it is currently supported by over 200 firms, including Apple.

There are two major advantages to matter. For starters, it’s a free method for any smart home device to connect to the HomeKit, Alexa, and Google Weave ecosystems. One of the hurdles to HomeKit compatibility is now gone.

Second, any Matter-compatible device can relay signals around the home. For example, if you have a hub at one end of your home and a device at the other end of your home with insufficient signal strength to reach it, any Matter device in between may relay the order.

Apple initially declared its support for the standard in 2019, with the rebranding taking place earlier this year.

Aqara Matter support

Today, Aqara made the announcement.

Aqara, a provider for smart home products, today announces its commitment to Matter, a new connectivity standard for IoT devices. The Company plans to provide global consumers a variety of Matter-compatible products. As the first step, Aqara will integrate Matter into its existing hubs – Aqara M1S and M2 – through a software update (OTA). The updated Aqara M2 and M1S hubs will enable certain new and existing Aqara child devices to be compatible with Matter*.

The first Matter-compatible Aqara child devices will include the latest sensors, wall switches, and smart plugs. Integration of Matter will not disrupt current Aqara smart homes as users will continue to enjoy the same features and benefits of Aqara’s existing Zigbee devices […]

The OTA update for the Aqara M2 and M1S hubs will be available shortly after the Matter rollout. According to the Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA), the Matter certification program and the first Matter-certified devices are expected to be available in the first half of 2022. As part of the Matter Working Group, Aqara has been actively monitoring the latest Matter developments and specifications to ensure a seamless launch next year.

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