Nest Wifi Pro was launched a few days ago, one of the first products to be compliant with Matter 1.0 standards. What exactly is Matter 1.0 and where did it all start?
I assume that each of you has a device from the Smart Home category at home and it is a small problem when you want to connect it to various devices, and especially to switch from one phone to another (iOS, Android, etc.). In 2019, the idea of a common standard appeared🔗.
Apple, Google and Amazon have started cooperation with the Zigbee Alliance (Ikea, Samsung SmartThing, Signify etc.). We have a compilation of the technologies behind Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa and Google Weave. This protocol is intended to work alongside Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, not as a replacement.
The Connectivity Standard Alliance introduced Matter 1.0 in early October, and the first certified devices launched in late October, early November + Google stated that older devices will become compatible via software updates. The launch event was scheduled for November 3rd, with some companies benefiting from early access and from here already a list of products that will hit the market in the near future.
Matter’s goal is to facilitate the operation of smart home devices in a way that is as easy to understand as possible, simpler than what we currently have. Plus, in addition to simplicity, it should bring speed, improved response time. The setup process will be more intuitive, the devices will appear directly on the screen of your smartphone and in just a few steps you will be able to put it to work.
Another important element brought by Matter, the fact that you will be able to control smart home devices through different voice assistants, but also through different ecosystems – at the same time. Matter works locally (via IP). Google Home and Apple Home apps will get support for the Matter standard. Some Amazon and Google products will become Matter controls (Nest Hub Max, Nest Hub 2nd generation, Nest routers, Amazon Echo speakers, etc.). With their help, you will be able to register and control compatible devices.
Since its inception, Matter has enabled the enrollment of smart home devices, lights, security sensors, TVs, etc. By the way, here 🔗 you can find out what the Google Home app will look like after the redesign.
Google Nest Wifi Pro 🔗 is the first mesh router compatible with Matter. It was announced in early October, and debuts in stock from October 27. It is currently in the pre-order stage. It is a mesh router with Wi-Fi 6e and a design that relies on simplicity. It has support for 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz and 6 GHz. At 6 GHz, a new spectrum is accessed, much freer compared to what we already have on other bands.
The future sounds good for smart home devices. All details will arrive at the CSA event in early November.
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