Apple announced HomeKit support for routers during WWDC 2019, but no further details have surfaced since then. A new support document recently released by Apple reveals new information on how routers will work with HomeKit support.
HomeKit support for routers will add more protection for all of our smart home accessories connected to the home network by controlling which services and devices they communicate with over the home Wi-Fi network and the Internet.
In the Home app on your iPhone, iPad or Mac, you will be able to customize the security level connection for each accessory compatible with HomeKit. The safest option will ensure that the accessory can interact with HomeKit only through our Apple devices.
There will be three security levels to choose from:
- Restrict to Home: Most secure. Your accessory can interact only with HomeKit through your Apple devices. The accessory won’t connect to the Internet or any local devices so any third-party services, like firmware updates, might be blocked.
- Automatic: Default security. Your accessory can communicate with HomeKit and connections recommended by its manufacturer.
- No Restriction: Least secure. This setting bypasses the secure router and allows your accessory to interact with any device in your network or Internet-based service.
However, it seems that the installation process is somewhat cumbersome, it will require you to remove and re-add all the HomeKit accessories.
There are currently no HomeKit-enabled routers on the market, but Eero is expected to implement the feature on its mesh routers soon, and Linksys will do the same with its Velop routers.