After Linksys accidentally posted an impending HomeKit compatibility update on their webiste for their Velop mesh routers (turns out it wasn’t impending…), it now seems Eero, owned by Amazon, have beaten them to the finish line, with the release of an update to Eero and Eero Pro Routers, that brings said HomeKit functionality to their lineup.
HomeKit routers offer three levels of security, which are:
- Restrict to Home: Most secure. Your accessory can interact only with HomeKit through your Apple devices. The accessory won’t connect to the Internet or any local devices so any third-party services, like firmware updates, might be blocked.
- Automatic: Default security. Your accessory can communicate with HomeKit and connections recommended by its manufacturer.
- No Restriction: Least secure. This setting bypasses the secure router and allows your accessory to interact with any device in your network or Internet-based service.
If you’re lucky enough to already have an Eero or Eero pro setup, to update your router, make sure you’re already on firmware version 3.18, then proceed to the Discover section of the Eero app, where you will see an option to update for HomeKit functionality.