With the official release (in Mainland China at least) of the Aqara M2 Hub, many have been wondering what makes it different from the current Aqara hub, or even the other direct successor, the M1S. Well, whilst many of these questions have been answered many times, we’ll certainly be covering the area when the review is ready. For now though, as we’ve been able to get our hands on one here, courtesy of Eric Yao from Wavetech.news and of course, HomeKit News, although it’s too early for a review, we thought it would be good to post a few images for those that can’t wait.
The M2 exposes the four modes to HomeKit, however, it seems at present it doesn’t work. So if you try to arm the alarm with any of the three active modes, nothing changes on the Aqara Home side of things.
The built-in IR blaster seems to work, so you add a remote and choose from a preset. It’ll then send a test signal to the device, for which you can confirm whether its reacted or not, and if it reacts, it sends out a few more of these signals for different basic functions, based on the type of device, before it finally generates a generic UI for that device.