AQARA Hub M2 now support Matter (BETA)

AQARA Hub M2 now support Matter (BETA)

Greetings from Aqara! 3.2.2022

We're thrilled share that today Aqara begins to roll out a new firmware for the Hub M2, the Version 4.0.0 (beta), to add Matter support to the hubs, allowing the connected Zigbee devices to become compatible with Matter. Matter is a new connectivity standard for IoT devices to enable a wide variety of smart home accessories to work together across brands and ecosystems. Via a M2 hub with this new firmware, the Aqara Zigbee devices will be able to connect to the Matter-ready, third-party apps over Wi-Fi. But this firmware won't update the Zigbee devices to support Thread.

At this stage, the firmware update is intended for all M2 hubs that are distributed in the global markets outside Mainland China, and we will push the new firmware to the hubs in different batches to ensure a smooth experience, beginning from the M2 hubs that were manufactured more recently (in 2022). It's estimated to take 4-6 weeks for all the M2 hubs to receive the firmware update. Other Aqara hubs, including the Hub M1S/M1S Gen 2, Hub E1, Camera Hub G3 and Camera Hub G2H Pro will receive the similar firmware updates in the following months.

Aqara users can check the Aqara Home app for the latest firmware. If the firmware version 4.0.0 (beta) becomes available for the M2 hub, users may choose to update the firmware and begin the exploration of the new Matter standard.

To activate Matter, please choose "Bind to Matter (Beta)" on the M2 hub settings. And please refer to this video for a detailed setup guideline.

Users are strongly urged to check the requirements carefully before proceeding:

  • Please ensure the Aqara Home app is up-to-date (version 3.0.8 or higher), and connected to one of the global servers outside Mainland China;
  • Please bind at least 1 Zigbee device to the M2 hub before binding the M2 to any third-party platforms via Matter;
  • Please ensure the M2 hub, the Matter controller devices (e.g. HomePod mini, Nest Hubs, etc.) and the mobile phone with Matter-ready app are on the same local network (same SSID);
  • If users intend to bind the M2 hub to Apple Home via Matter, please ensure the firmware version of Apple devices (e.g. iPhone, HomePod mini) is up-to-date (version 16.3 or higher).

Please also note that binding existing devices to Matter won't require users to reset everything. Users can keep using HomeKit (suggested), and connect Aqara devices to other system(s) via Matter.

Matter is a new standard, and we know that the Matter experiences of Aqara devices still has a number of limitations (as following). We're working with our partners on further optimization.

  • At this stage, we have 40+ Aqara devices that are able to connect with Matter via the M2 hub (please refer to this list). And only the global versions of these devices are guaranteed to get Matter support, as the Chinese versions of some of the devices may not be supported at the moment.
  • In case of connecting the devices to Apple Home via Matter, please note that it is very sensitive to the Wi-Fi router quality and signal. If the signal is not strong enough, it will often show "No response".
  • To add the devices to Google Home via Matter, users need to have one of Google Home or Nest devices as a Matter controller (please refer to this blog). Also, users need to have an Android phone for the Matter-ready Google Home app, as Google Home on iOS devices does not support Matter yet.
  • Amazon Alexa and Samsung SmartThings do not support Matter Bridge (such as Hub M2) device type yet, and cannot connect the Zigbee devices that are connected to the M2 via Matter at the moment.
  • The new firmware is a BETA version, and it may has some bugs which may cause unexpected impact in some cases. If happens, please try to unbind from Matter and re-add the hub to Matter app.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Thanks!

AQARA

Posted on 03.02.2023 Tutorials and Tips, Manuals and Guides, Aqara 0 1694

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