Amazon has reaffirmed its support for the Matter smart home networking standard, saying today that Matter over Thread will be supported in its Echo devices and Eero Wi-Fi routers in a blog post. Eero had previously stated that it would support the standard. “Further expanding Amazon’s commitment to Matter and reaffirming its smart home philosophy of flexibility, privacy, cooperation, and interoperability,” according to Amazon.
Amazon has also joined Apple, Google, and Samsung on the Board of Directors of the Thread Group, where it has been a member for the past five years. Thread is a key protocol for Matter, alongside Wi-Fi. It connects smart home devices to a mesh network that is low-power, low-bandwidth, and low-latency.
The company announced that Matter over Thread compatibility will be added to the Echo 4th generation, with support for other Echo devices coming later. Amazon announced earlier this summer that majority of its Echo smart speakers, including most Echo and Echo Dot speakers, as well as every Echo Studio, Echo Show, Echo Plus, and Echo Flex, would be upgraded to enable Matter. Thread radios are included in every Eero Pro, Eero Beacon, Eero Pro 6, and Eero 6 device, and they already operate as Thread border routers for Thread devices to connect to. Next year, they’ll have Matter on their side.
Matter is an IP-based application protocol that will create a standardized language and interaction model for smart home devices and ecosystems. Alexa users should be able to connect any Matter-enabled smart home devices to their Echo smart speakers and operate them using the Alexa app and Alexa voice control now that Echo devices support Matter over Thread and Wi-Fi.
Amazon, for example, mentioned Eve in a list of firms with which it is collaborating on Matter. Eve, a company that develops smart home gadgets including sensors, plugs, switches, and lighting, previously only worked with Apple’s HomeKit, but with Matter, its products will be able to connect to Alexa and other smart home ecosystems. Yale, Wemo, Schlage, Sengled, Netatmo, Nanoleaf, Tuya, eWeLink, and Leedarson are among the businesses that are developing Matter over Thread devices, according to Amazon.
In a list of companies it is collaborating with around Matter, Amazon, for example, mentioned Eve. Eve, which develops smart home devices including sensors, plugs, switches, and lighting, previously only worked with Apple’s HomeKit, but with Matter, it will be able to connect to Alexa and other smart home ecosystems. Yale, Wemo, Schlage, Sengled, Netatmo, Nanoleaf, Tuya, eWeLink, and Leedarson are among the companies developing Matter over Thread products, according to Amazon.
Because the standard is still being developed, no Matter devices are currently available for purchase. However, Matter-enabled smart home goods should start appearing later in 2022, according to the Connectivity Standards Alliance, which governs Matter.Home Automation >> Brands >> Amazon >> Amazon Affirms Matter’s Support