Wemo’s confused Smart Dimmer shows how hard standardizing IoT may be - Ars Technica

Wemo’s confused Smart Dimmer shows how hard standardizing IoT may be - Ars Technica

Wemo’s confused Smart Dimmer shows how hard standardizing IoT may be - Ars Technica
Aug 04, 2022 1 min, 4 secs

When the smart home compatibility standard Matter finally arrives, it promises to simplify and improve the connections and compatibility between different device brands, using Thread as its secure, low-energy backbone.

Until then, let devices like Wemo's new Smart Dimmer with Thread serve as a warning: Matter runs on Thread, but not all Thread devices will give you a Matter experience.

Those more robust devices can act as "border routers" in a Thread network, allowing more single-purpose devices like a dimmer to connect to a Thread mesh and access the Internet.

But for now, Wemo's dimmer requires either an entirely Apple-based Thread mesh or controlling it with Bluetooth (which still requires some kind of HomeKit "hub," such as an iPad).

But then, neither will Wemo's brand-new, Thread-capable Smart Dimmer: The company told The Verge that it "will bring to market new switches/dimmers that support Matter over Thread" later this year.

(Update: Cassie Pineda of Belkin tells Ars, regarding the Smart Dimmer with Thread's limited connectivity: "We launched a HomeKit-exclusive Smart Dimmer with Thread to provide our customers with a more responsive, reliable and secure smart home experience without the hassle of third-party apps. This product is a stepping stone for our customers that want the latest technology with Thread as we wait for Matter.").

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