If you’re reading this, you’ve probably heard a bit about Matter and are wondering how it may affect your existing (or future) smart home. You have questions! In this article, we’ll answer a few of the most common ones.
What is Matter?
In simple terms, Matter is a newly developed protocol that seeks to become the universal ‘language’ that all new smart devices will speak. If widely adopted, Matter will become the standard that provides interoperability between smart devices and ecosystems that implement it.
Will Matter Work With My Existing Devices?
That depends. If a device was designed to be Matter-compatible from the start, or upgrade-able to support Matter with a firmware update, then yes; otherwise, no. At the time of this writing, our educated guess is that most existing devices will probably never work directly with Matter.
Can I Mix Matter and Non-Matter Devices?
Yes, provided that you have a smart home hub that supports Matter and non-Matter devices.
Will HomeSeer Support Matter?
Yes, we will be adding Matter support to our HomeTroller hubs and HS4 software and plan to implement this in 2023. This will allow us to work with the latest Matter devices as well as with all existing non-Matter smart home devices.
Should I Wait And Only Buy Matter Devices?
We don’t think so! There are thousands of really cool and useful smart home devices already on the market. It will take some time for similar Matter-compatible devices to be created. If you already have a smart home hub that will be upgraded to support matter (like any of our HomeTrollers), then you have the best of both worlds. Buy what you want, when you want it. The thousands of non-Matter devices currently available will continue to work for many years to come.
How Will I Know When Matter is Added to HomeSeer?
We’ll be putting the word out in a number of ways. Subscribe to our community forum, add your email to our newsletter list or check this blog for future updates!