Abode Iota Security System Gains HomeKit Compatibility, Brings 8 Accessories to the Home app

First announced way back at CES 2018, Abode’s Iota Security System has finally gained support for Apple’s HomeKit smart home platform via firmware updates today. The release is significant as it is just the second dedicated security system (Honeywell’s Lyric Controller was the first) available for HomeKit, and because it adds several new types of sensors to the catalog of available accessories. Abode’s security system … Continue reading Abode Iota Security System Gains HomeKit Compatibility, Brings 8 Accessories to the Home app

Abode Security Devices & HomeKit, What’s the Latest?

Abode, and their line of smart home security devices has been promising to support Apple’s HomeKit platform for quite a while. First announced way back at CES 2018, and then again in January of this year, the company has made some waves with HomeKit fans as there are so few options for HomeKit security. The company offers affordable security starter sets, and includes monitoring options, … Continue reading Abode Security Devices & HomeKit, What’s the Latest?

Aqara’s HomeKit Compatible Devices Now Available on Amazon

While we have seen the signs of an imminent North American launch for Aqara’s HomeKit enabled products for quite a while, it looks like today is finally the day. Spotted on the r/HomeKit subreddit, 7 of the company’s devices have appeared on Amazon, and are currently in stock and ready to ship, with Prime shipping as an option. This is a huge boon for HomeKit, … Continue reading Aqara’s HomeKit Compatible Devices Now Available on Amazon

Eve Door & Window Wireless Contact Sensor Review

The Eve Door & Window Contact Sensor, first released in 2015, was the first HomeKit sensor devoted entirely to reporting the open or closed status of a door, window, or anything that it could be stuck to. Since the original release, the contact sensor has only seen a minor hardware revision, which changed the logo color on the device, and a few competitors have hit … Continue reading Eve Door & Window Wireless Contact Sensor Review

How to Control “Secure” Devices without Authentication

Welcome to HomeKit 101, our guide to navigating the Home App, Creating Automations and More within the HomeKit Universe. Smart Locks and Garage Door Controllers, both extremely useful devices in the smart home, can sometimes be, well, not so useful due to restrictions built into HomeKit. These device types are classifed as “secure devices”, which will only allow them to be toggled with passcode or … Continue reading How to Control “Secure” Devices without Authentication