Eve to launch HomeKit Extend Bluetooth range extender

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in General Discussion edited July 4
Specifically made for HomeKit users, the forthcoming Eve Extend will relay commands to devices further away, allowing users to place Eve smart devices at greater distances from a central hub.

Eve Extend HomeKit repeater. (Photo: Macerkopf)
Eve Extend HomeKit repeater. (Photo: Macerkopf)


Eve Extend is a device like a Wi-Fi repeater but which is specifically built to extend the range of Bluetooth signals for HomeKit products such as light bulb, locks and garage doors. HomeKit devices that use Bluetooth do not have a central hub so they have to be contacted directly. Eve Extend will mean that Eve devices can be placed further away from a network than before.

While Eve has yet to formally announce its forthcoming Eve Extend system, it has been demonstrated in early sneak peeks and is expected to be released in September.

According to German site Macerkopf, this "Bluetooth amplifier" extends the range to which Eve HomeKit devices can be placed. While seemingly having been shown Eve Extend but not yet tested it, the report gives the example of using it to help with irrigation.

Eve, formerly known as Elegato, released a HomeKit garden irrigation system called Eve Aqua in 2018. A limitation was that the device had to be within range of a HomeKit hub, but now it can be situated in larger gardens.

Eve Aqua, or any other Eve device, needs to remain within range of the Eve Extend unit, and that stays near enough to your HomeKit hub to communicate.

Eve has not yet commented and there are no pricing details nor yet a confirmed launch date. It's also not known whether you will be able to daisy-chain multiple Eve Extend devices or connect non-Eve Bluetooth products.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 8
    payecopayeco Posts: 315member
    Hopefully this one actually sees the light of day unlike the one from ConnectSense. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 8
    rivertriprivertrip Posts: 117member
    payeco said:
    Hopefully this one actually sees the light of day unlike the one from ConnectSense. 
    ... and is cheaper than a used Apple TV.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 8
    payecopayeco Posts: 315member
    rivertrip said:
    payeco said:
    Hopefully this one actually sees the light of day unlike the one from ConnectSense. 
    ... and is cheaper than a used Apple TV.
    Just realized these are for Eve products only. That’s some bullshit. Apple supports Bluetooth repeaters that support any product as part of HomeKit. Why would they make this for Eve only?
  • Reply 4 of 8
    22july201322july2013 Posts: 746member
    The product name is clear enough. But I would have called it the "SEveral". Because it's from Eve and lets you add several more devices.
  • Reply 5 of 8
    ivanhivanh Posts: 372member
    Solar powered? Waterproof? Multiple sensors including humidity, temperature motion and light/UV intensity (aka Philips Hue Motion Sensor)?
  • Reply 6 of 8
    RiversRivers Posts: 1member
    It shouldn’t even be necessary! Why choose Bluetooth over Wi-Fi as a device communication method when these devices are powered off the mains.
    edited July 7
  • Reply 7 of 8
    Is it nice?? n worth it?
  • Reply 8 of 8
    I think so
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