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  • Ikea HomeKit hub with Matter support set for November release

    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
  • Ikea HomeKit hub with Matter support set for November release

    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
  • Ikea HomeKit hub with Matter support set for November release

    Er, wasn’t one of the benefits of Matter that hubs weren’t needed?
    PatchyThePirateV.3williamlondonwatto_cobra
  • Apple may bring adaptive transparency to original AirPods Pro

    Anyone else noticed a lack of bass when using original airpods pro with no noise cancelling and no transparency? It used to be ok, but recently changed for me…

    thanks for any responses
    watto_cobra
  • 'Tap to Pay on iPhone' feature officially available for Square merchants

    I’m in the uk and exclusively use ApplePay. I haven’t withdrawn any cash since before the pandemic. Occasionally I have to use a credit card, but only a couple of times a year.

    a lot of smaller merchants would love this on their iPhone without needing the silly extra reader box.
    FileMakerFellerwatto_cobra