Smart Plug Update Leads the Way for Wide Apple Smart Home Support

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By Jonathan Collins | 3Q 2018 | IN-5218


First Over-the-Air (OTA) Apple HomeKit Software-Only Certification Rolled Out


A few short weeks ago, Wemo, the smart home unit within Belkin, released an update to its Wemo Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug. The update is the first implementation of a software-only method to gain Apple’s HomeKit security certification for smart home devices. Despite the appeal, the usefulness of smart plugs, and their role in the expanding smart home adoption, software upgrades to a smart plug would not normally register as a starting point for a significant shift in the smart home market—except that in this case, it is.

One Million Existing Wemo Mini Smart Plugs Now HomeKit Upgradeable


Wemo made its upgrade available to its Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug customers in late July. The update is enabled through a new, downloadable Wemo app available from Apple’s App Store, and, through a firmware upgrade to their installed devices, existing users will be able to connect their smart plugs into the Apple Home app. This app has been part of iOS since i…

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