New FIBARO Homekit Bridge

This article serve as an update on our Smart Home Bridge (FIBARO based).

This bridge had previously supported Amazon Echo, Google Home and Apple HomeKit. As FIBARO rolled out support for Amazon Echo natively via the Alexa skills, we no longer require the bridge anymore for use with Amazon echo. In addition, Google Home has updated their firmware such it no longer support 3rd party hacks such as the Smart Home Bridge. You can still use control FIBARO via its Google’s Voice Assistant (though it is really not implemented well).

With the above in mind, we have updated the Smart Home Bridge to only support Apple HomeKit. In this previous article, we also mentioned that there was an iOS and Android app for configuration. We have also replaced it with a simpler web based configuration page where you just need to access a URL to setup the Smart Home Bridge as shown below.

Other than that, the Smart Home Bridge is still based on an open source solution which you can download and setup on a Linux box (with some technical skills). We’ve only prepackage it and made it easier for non technical folks by providing a web based UI to quickly configure and make your FIBARO Home Center HomeKit compatible.

Please note that we will not be able to guarantee that future firmware upgrade to your FIBARO Home Center or iOS versions will work on the Smart Home Bridge as we do not have control over bug fixes over the open source solution. The current Smart Home Bridge works with FIBARO firmware 4.XXX and iOS 11.

So for folks who already have FIBARO Home Center and like to control it over HomeKit, you can check out the device here. For folks who like to have a smart home hub that supports HomeKit without any additional bridge, you can check out Homey.

Source : Automate Asia

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