New Eve light switch for HomeKit embraces latest smart-home standards

New Eve light switch for HomeKit embraces latest smart-home standards

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New Eve Light Switch for HomeKit embraces latest smart-home standards
The updated Eve Light Switch includes Thread, and Matter support is promised.
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The third-generation of Eve Light Switch adds support for Thread and will be updated with Matter, keeping it on the cutting edge of smarthome tech. The smartswitch continues to support Apple HomeKit.

It can be used as either a single-pole or 3-way switch.

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Latest Eve HomeKit smart light switch embraces Thread and Matter

Smartswitches with HomeKit can be controlled from an iPhone or with Siri commands. Setting us a schedule with the Apple Home app is another option. And, of course, lights can be turned on or off with the touch of a finger.

The new Eve Light Switch version supports Thread, a wireless standard that creates low-power mesh networks to connect devices. Rather than each device having to communicate with a hub over Wi-Fi, they can communicate with each other to pass commands to the hub.

“Thread compatibility means Eve Light Switch is already ready to be updated to Matter,” said the company. Matter is an emerging standard that will allow home-automation products from a range of brands and platforms to interoperate. Eve’s switch already supports HomeKit. When it’s updated with Matter, it’ll also support Amazon Alexa and Google Home.

Unlike some of its rivals, the new switch does not require a separate bridge apart from the standard HomeKit one. But it does need a neutral wire to be installed.

The third-generation Eve Light Switch costs $49.95.

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Those who live in homes that don’t have a neutral wire should look at the Wemo Smart Dimmer with Thread ($59.99) instead.

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