The Aqara family has just been expanded with a new generation of hub and sensors, now taking advantage of the latest ZigBee 3.0, and not lacking HomeKit compatibility. The Xiaomi Aqara ecosystem has made it possible to add sensors and intelligence to homes at a very low cost, and the brand has not stood still. Demonstrating this is a whole new generation of its family of products, including a new M2 hub with dual-band WiFi 2.4GHz and 5GHz (a debut) and sensors with ZigBee 3.0.
The new M2 hub, in addition to dual-band Wi-Fi, was another long-awaited improvement: it can now support up to 100 ZigBee devices instead of the current ’30s. And in addition to the connectivity ZigBee 3.0 also has Bluetooth, so nothing is missing.
In keeping with the new Aqara hub M2, we have a new Aqara S2 Pro remodeled electronic lock with support for HomeKit (the current model will not gain HomeKit compatibility via upgrade) as well as T1 switches, sensors, and socket module with ZigBee 3.0. On wall switches, in versions with/without neutral, there will be one, two and three button models. In the future, the wireless versions will also be updated.
There is also a new brightness sensor with ZigBee 3.0 that promises to be able to measure the perceived brightness level and to have adaptive range.
The lighting family (Aqara / Oppel) has also been updated with new LED ceiling lights: MX960 (rectangular), and MX650 and MX480 (circular). All of them with white lighting adjustable between cold/warm white and ZigBee 3.0 connectivity. On the switches, we have options for up to 6 buttons.
And finally, in the style of what happened to the lock, the Aqara G2 camera will also be replaced by G2H with support for HomeKit, instead of arriving via a firmware update.
It is expected that they will be available for sale at the physical store in China of Aqara in August. We hope that from there to see them for sale in different Chinese stores online. To use the ZigBee 3.0 protocol one would have to buy the new M2 Gateway and all the sensors that will carry the T1 terminology at the end of the name. Current devices will continue to be compatible with new devices incorporated into the market.
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