Amazon’s Eero 6 and Pro 6 are among the first Wi-Fi 6 routers to support HomeKit thanks to a new firmware update. HomeKit users can now manage the privacy and security of their smart home through the Eero 6 and Pro 6 routers and even isolate their HomeKit devices from the internet.
After you configure your Eero 6 or Pro 6 router with HomeKit, you can use the Apple Home app to program the level of connection security for each of your HomeKit devices. There are three levels of connection security described in Apple̵
- Limit to home: Most safe. Your accessory can only communicate with HomeKit through your Apple devices. The accessory does not connect to the Internet or local devices, so third-party services such as firmware updates may be blocked.
- Vending machine: Standard security. Your accessory can communicate with HomeKit and connections recommended by the manufacturer.
- No limits: Least certainly. This setting bypasses the secure router and allows your accessory to communicate with any device on your network or Internet service.
While a bit extreme, confining HomeKit devices to your home ensures maximum privacy and security. If you don’t mind losing some web only features, this is a good option for indoor smart cameras and other recording devices.
Keep in mind that these features require an Apple HomeKit Hub, such as an Apple TV, HomePod, or an iPad that is always at home. If you don’t want to pay for Eero’s expensive Wi-Fi 6 routers, consider buying the standard Eero Mesh Wi-Fi system, which also supports HomeKit security features.