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  • Terence Chang
Apple Home + Fibaro [updated]

[Updated - 19/9/2016]

According to discussions in Fibaro Forum, it isn't true that Fibaro HC can be made HomeKit compatible through software updates.  For security reasons, Apple requires that HomeKit accessories use an embedded authentication chip in every HomeKit product.

This being the case, I can only see the possibility for a new line of HomeKit enabled Fibaro modules to include this chip.

All existing modules, as well as Home Center, can only be controlled via third party Homebridge - which is a HomeKit bridge compatible with iOS 10 and Apple Home app.

Some resource links below:

Homebridge

Homebridge plugin for Fibaro HC2

Fibaro Forum - Homebridge

Check out a video on how I used Siri and Homebridge with my iPhone and Apple Watch to control Fibaro HC.


Below is a video on how you can add the Fibaro modules (via Homebridge) in the Apple Home app

 

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So, Apple just launched 'Home' on iOS, Apple Watch and Apple TV to manage all your HomeKit devices.  Find out what this means for Fibaro owners?

Based on the WWDC 2016 keynote,  I was able to catch a glimpse of the list of manufacturers that work with Apple Home App.  Lo and behold, I see the Fibaro logo on the top row.

Based on my understanding, Fibaro will be ready when Apple releases the Home app in the next few months, this is enabled through a Fibaro software update, no new hardware is required.

I look forward to controlling Fibaro Home Center and devices using Siri and directly from Control Center without launching the app.  This is a definite game changer.

   

  • Terence Chang

Comments on this post ( 7 )

  • Nov 10, 2016

    Hi Niclas,

    Thanks for your interest. The following link has all the steps in setting up HomeBridge on Raspberry Pi.

    github.com/nfarina/homebridge/wiki/Running-HomeBridge-on-a-Raspberry-Pi

    Then you can install the Fibaro plug-in for HomeBridge

    www.npmjs.com/package/homebridge-fibaro-hc2

    Hope it helps.

    Terence

    — Terence Chang

  • Nov 09, 2016

    Hi.

    Can you please make a simple guide; “how to add homebrige?” that would be amazing.

    Thank you

    — Niclas Remsøy

  • Oct 17, 2016

    Hi Arno,

    I haven’t heard any official announcement from Fibaro about a software solution (i.e.: Firmware update) to enable HomeKit support.

    Until we hear officially from Fibaro, we are merely speculating how HomeKit support is implemented. From my understanding, Apple requires manufacturers to embed their authentication chip to be HomeKit Certified. Therefore, I believe it cannot be accomplished with a firmware update.

    As HomeBridge is a community-contributed software solution, I don’t think this will ever be officially certified by Apple. So the usual disclaimer for using at your own risk applies.

    Hope this clarifies the post.

    Thanks

    Terence

    — Terence Chang

  • Oct 16, 2016

    I think it’s not true that the Fibaro system can’t be updated with software to make it homekit compatible. You refer to homebridge, which is also a software only solution and a lot of Fibaro modules can be controlled with this software only solution. Why can’t that solution be build in in the Fibaro homeserver?

    — Arno

  • Sep 17, 2016

    Any update to this now that the Home app is available in iOS10? I am unable to get it to work…

    — David

  • Sep 16, 2016

    with iOS10 (and “Home”-app) released just a few days ago, no updates from Fibaro yet.. My Homekit and the Fibaro HC2 are not yet able to communicate… any news from Fibaro on this?

    — Fibaro fan

  • Jul 19, 2016

    This looks exciting. I really look forward to this. Me myselfe have a Fibaro Home Center 2, with both bulbs from Aeotec and Philips Hue, but it is too complicated to use Fibaro control center and Hue control center simultaneously. Currently I use Philips Hue bridge with light bulbs, set up with Apple Homekit and controls the lights from Philips that way, and Aeotec bulbs with Fibaro via iPhone interface. Should be good to be able to do all of the app “Home” (via Homekit) from Apple.

    — Gorm Næss

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