Eero Mesh Wi-Fi System Gets Apple HomeKit Support

Eero Mesh Wi-Fi System Gets Apple HomeKit Support

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Amazon has released an update to its popular eero mesh Wi-Fi routers that introduces Apple HomeKit support.

Many of the connected devices we have in our homes, like light bulbs, thermostats, plugs, and door locks, only need access to a limited set of internet services in order to function. However, once you add a device to your home network, the device can access any other device in your home, as well as any website or service on the internet, without your permission or knowledge. With unrestricted access, a single device flaw could put your entire home at risk—that changes today with eero as a HomeKit-enabled router.

Eero Mesh Wi-Fi System Gets Apple HomeKit Support

Here's some of the benefits of setting your router up as a HomeKit device.

Enhanced Security and Privacy
With Apple HomeKit, eero gives you even more protection of your HomeKit accessories and an easy way to manage what they are allowed to communicate with in your home and on the internet. HomeKit accessories are automatically given permissions based only on what they need, and you can further restrict their access manually if you prefer.

Your eero system can firewall each of your supported HomeKit accessories based on your Home app settings. eero will prevent them from communicating with other devices connected to your home network, and from unauthorized services on the internet.

Easy Control and Comfort
You can further adjust the security settings of each HomeKit accessory to your level of comfort. Using the Apple Home app on your iPhone or iPad, you can select from three security levels for each accessory:
● 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.

How to Enable HomeKit
Open the eero iOS app and head over to the Discover tab to get started with eero and HomeKit. Follow the instructions to add your eero devices to the Home app and configure security for each of your HomeKit-enabled accessories. HomeKit is supported on all eero, eero Pro, and eero Beacon devices running eeroOS 3.18.0 or later, and can be set up using the eero iOS app 3.1.0 or later.

You can download eero home WiFi system from the App Store for free. A single eero router costs $99 and a three pack costs $249. If you need advanced features, you can check out the eero Pro which uses beacons and starts at $299.

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Eero Mesh Wi-Fi System Gets Apple HomeKit Support