Ikea HomeKit hub with Matter support set for November release

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Ikea's updated Homekit-compatible Dirigera smart home hub with Matter support is anticipated to go on sale in Europe in November for under $60.




Ikea launched its Dirigera smart home hub in May, as a replacement for the existing Tradri hub. Months later, it now seems that Ikea is preparing to put the hardware on sale to the public.

An online store listing spotted by TechGamingReport shows it will be going on sale in Germany for 59.99 euros. Further research byThe Verge shows the hub as appearing on the Spanish and Norwegian websites as well, with the latter adding sales will "start in November."

While release details for other territories remains largely unknown, the release is a good sign for HomeKit users. The Dirigera will handle more product categories and deal with more devices in total than the Tradri hub, as well as support Matter.




Matter is a standard that Apple and other tech giants are supporting, as a way for smart home devices to more easily communicate with each other. By using a single protocol, the standard should allow for more interoperability between competing smart home platforms, and get more hardware designed for one platform to more readily work with others.

Matter-certified devices will work with HomeKit, the Google Assistant, Amazon's Alexa, Samsung SmartThings, and other platforms.

Along with Matter and HomeKit, the Dirigera hub will also be able to communicate using Wi-Fi, Thread, and Zigbee, enabling it to work with many different devices. Its physical connections include an ethernet port and USB-C, with the latter used for power.

As well as using HomeKit, Ikea is also including support for a new Home Smart app, which will be released alongside the hub.

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  • Reply 1 of 11
    I think Matter is a badly needed shot in the arm for not only HomeKit but for the whole Smart Home industry. 
    PatchyThePirateV.3watto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 11
    tobiantobian Posts: 135member
    According to IKEAs customer services folks it’s comming in December in Czech Republic as well. yupee!
    PatchyThePirateV.3nubuswatto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 11
    Er, wasn’t one of the benefits of Matter that hubs weren’t needed?
    PatchyThePirateV.3williamlondonwatto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 11
    dewmedewme Posts: 4,544member
    Er, wasn’t one of the benefits of Matter that hubs weren’t needed?
    This device isn’t really a “hub” in the traditional sense of a communication (e.g., Ethernet) hub. It’s more of a hub like you see with Thunderbolt “hubs” on the market that provide a single centralized device that incorporates connectivity to multiple other communication networks and buses like USB, HDMI, Ethernet. 

    Matter is an application layer protocol that runs on top of multiple communication layers, the most important are IP based ones being Thread and WiFi. If all of your Matter devices are WiFi based and your client is on WiFi and supports Matter, then yeah, you don’t need a separate “hub, router, gateway” type of device. 

    However, if you want to access Matter devices that use Thread from a WiFi client you need a border router to route between WiFi and Thread. It’s still IP based end to end, but the WiFi and Thread link layers, physical layers, and IP address spaces are not the same. 

    This “hub” device also supports Zigbee devices, which are not IP based. Going from WiFi to Zigbee requires a gateway because it’s bridging protocols. 

    Matter devices can also communicate via Bluetooth. 

    So this Matter “hub” is actually a border router and gateway that allows Matter compatible clients to communicate with wide range of Matter compatible devices as well as legacy Zigbee devices. 

    edited October 3 cg27beowulfschmidtwatto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 11
    It’s not called “tradri” but “trådfri” where “tråd” is a wire and “fri” is free, hence “trådfri” means “wireless” in Swedish, nice name for a hub 😄
    equality72521watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 11
    dewme said:
    Er, wasn’t one of the benefits of Matter that hubs weren’t needed?
    This device isn’t really a “hub” in the traditional sense of a communication (e.g., Ethernet) hub. It’s more of a hub like you see with Thunderbolt “hubs” on the market that provide a single centralized device that incorporates connectivity to multiple other communication networks and buses like USB, HDMI, Ethernet. 

    Matter is an application layer protocol that runs on top of multiple communication layers, the most important are IP based ones being Thread and WiFi. If all of your Matter devices are WiFi based and your client is on WiFi and supports Matter, then yeah, you don’t need a separate “hub, router, gateway” type of device. 

    However, if you want to access Matter devices that use Thread from a WiFi client you need a border router to route between WiFi and Thread. It’s still IP based end to end, but the WiFi and Thread link layers, physical layers, and IP address spaces are not the same. 

    This “hub” device also supports Zigbee devices, which are not IP based. Going from WiFi to Zigbee requires a gateway because it’s bridging protocols. 

    Matter devices can also communicate via Bluetooth. 

    So this Matter “hub” is actually a border router and gateway that allows Matter compatible clients to communicate with wide range of Matter compatible devices as well as legacy Zigbee devices. 

    There's an old truism that simple is complication i.e. it's easy to make something that is hard to use, it's hard to make something easy to use.

    Thanks for that explanation of the issues @dewme — I hope all this effort does actually make things easy; but I've a nagging worry that this hidden complexity might leak out, creating confusion, obstacles and disappointment for users. 

    Fingers crossed this Matter/Thread lark works out well.
    williamlondonwatto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 11
    dewmedewme Posts: 4,544member
    dewme said:
    Er, wasn’t one of the benefits of Matter that hubs weren’t needed?
    This device isn’t really a “hub” in the traditional sense of a communication (e.g., Ethernet) hub. It’s more of a hub like you see with Thunderbolt “hubs” on the market that provide a single centralized device that incorporates connectivity to multiple other communication networks and buses like USB, HDMI, Ethernet. 

    Matter is an application layer protocol that runs on top of multiple communication layers, the most important are IP based ones being Thread and WiFi. If all of your Matter devices are WiFi based and your client is on WiFi and supports Matter, then yeah, you don’t need a separate “hub, router, gateway” type of device. 

    However, if you want to access Matter devices that use Thread from a WiFi client you need a border router to route between WiFi and Thread. It’s still IP based end to end, but the WiFi and Thread link layers, physical layers, and IP address spaces are not the same. 

    This “hub” device also supports Zigbee devices, which are not IP based. Going from WiFi to Zigbee requires a gateway because it’s bridging protocols. 

    Matter devices can also communicate via Bluetooth. 

    So this Matter “hub” is actually a border router and gateway that allows Matter compatible clients to communicate with wide range of Matter compatible devices as well as legacy Zigbee devices. 

    There's an old truism that simple is complication i.e. it's easy to make something that is hard to use, it's hard to make something easy to use.

    Thanks for that explanation of the issues @dewme — I hope all this effort does actually make things easy; but I've a nagging worry that this hidden complexity might leak out, creating confusion, obstacles and disappointment for users. 

    Fingers crossed this Matter/Thread lark works out well.
    A certain amount of complexity is always going to be present whenever you bring out a new technology or standard that replaces (or tries to replace) existing technology that is already widely deployed. There are rarely opportunities to start with a totally clean slate. You can’t erase history. You can’t force everyone to turn in the things they’ve already payed for and pay again for something newer, even if it’s better.

    Matter and Thread are both very sound and well conceived approaches to solving the problems they are each trying to solve. Matter provides an application layer protocol standard that allows any client application from any vendor, like Apple’s HomeKit, and any device from any device maker, like IKEA, to interoperate over IP networks, which are the most prevalent networks in the world. Thread is a low bandwidth IP based mesh network for low powered devices, which allows the use of battery operated devices to last for years without recharging or changing batteries.

    The most compelling case for supporting Matter and Thread is that they provide technical innovation, which only results when something actually delivers value to people, without inventing anything new, other then the protocol itself, which is still derivative. The underlying technology bits are all standard off-the-shelf stuff, like WiFi (IEEE 802.11), 6LowWPAN (IEEE 802.15.4 - Thread), TCP/IP, UDP, IPV6 and Bluetooth LE. 

    Is this a lark? I don’t think so. But it isn’t all puppies and kittens either because there are already plenty of people who have invested in pre-Matter systems like Zigbee and Z-Wave/Z-Wave Plus. Some of these systems like Z-Wave Plus are very well engineered, modern, secure, and well supported solutions that already deliver many of the same qualities that Matter is promising to deliver, outside of being open and based on off-the-shelf infrastructure technology. Owners of these systems aren’t going to retire those systems when they have many years of service life remaining. They can however start augmenting those system with Matter devices by using a gateways to bring Matter devices into their existing system or vice versa, bring the devices from those other systems into a Matter based system. 
    appleinsiderusercg27
  • Reply 8 of 11
    Thanks again @dewme. So as AppleTV supports Thread and Matter, what does this Ikea router add to the party? Or is it providing similar functionality, but for folks who don't want/have AppleTV?
    williamlondonwatto_cobra
  • Reply 9 of 11
    dewmedewme Posts: 4,544member
    Thanks again @dewme. So as AppleTV supports Thread and Matter, what does this Ikea router add to the party? Or is it providing similar functionality, but for folks who don't want/have AppleTV?
    Support for Zigbee devices.

    Edit:

    Just noticed that both the latest Apple TV 4K and HomePod mini technical specs have the following exception noted: 

    "Not compatible with non‑HomeKit Thread devices."

    Hopefully this will be resolved once all the Thread spec is ratified and Apple issues a firmware update. If Apple doesn't add support for non-Homekit Thread devices I'd consider this a major failure on Apple's side.

    Hopefully the IKEA hub can support non-HomeKit Thread devices. 

    I really hope that when Apple rolls out support for Matter they update HomeKit and their Thread edge routers to support all Thread compatible devices, not just Thread devices that use HomeKit.

    I guess we will see what Apple’s real end game is whenever they roll out support for Matter. They can make their Home App a full fledged Matter client, they can stick their HomeKit application layer on top of a full Matter stack (like they’ve done with Thread in HomePod mini and ATV 4K), or the can run Matter and HomeKit side-by-side with the new Home App being an aggregation/integration layer.

    The Matter standard expects the connection endpoints to be talking Matter and Apple expects the connection endpoints to be talking HomeKit. I don’t foresee Apple giving up anything when it comes to HomeKit, so the better scenario for the most number of end users would be for the new Home App to be an aggregator/integrator so it can manage non-HomeKit devices as full fledged members of a home automation system along with its HomeKit devices.


    edited October 4 appleinsiderusercg27watto_cobra
  • Reply 10 of 11
    mknelsonmknelson Posts: 944member
    dewme said:
    Thanks again @dewme. So as AppleTV supports Thread and Matter, what does this Ikea router add to the party? Or is it providing similar functionality, but for folks who don't want/have AppleTV?
    Support for Zigbee devices.

    Edit:

    Just noticed that both the latest Apple TV 4K and HomePod mini technical specs have the following exception noted: 

    "Not compatible with non‑HomeKit Thread devices."
    etc…

    That makes sense until Matter is released - a current AppleTV or Homepod only understands how to control Homekit devices.

    I have five Nanoleaf bulbs set up with Thread and Homekit - they work great together! Matter will just add many more options.
    watto_cobraPatchyThePirateV.3
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