1. What is Apple HomeKit?

HomeKit is a new framework for home automation developed by Apple. HomeKit technology provides an easy, secure way to control HomeKit-enabled accessories using Siri on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. HomeKit certification ensures that all accessories will work together flawlessly.

2. What is a HomeKit accessory?

Accessories are HomeKit-enabled products that have an official "Works with Apple HomeKit" badge on their packaging. These accessories are certified by Apple under its MFi Program.

3. Will HomeKit accessories work with Home Center controller?

No, that feature is not available at the moment.

4. Do Z-Wave devices work with HomeKit?

No, HomeKit uses different communication protocols. Some of the manufacturers might provide Bridges to enable them to work with HomeKit.

5. Will Siri be able to control HomeKit?

Yes, you can control and ask for status of HomeKit accessories, created rooms and scenes. When you lock your device, some accessories can’t be controlled by Siri commands. For example, you need to unlock your device before you can use Siri to unlock your door.

6. Will Siri be able to control Home Center controller?

No, that feature is not available at the moment.

7. Can I control Home Center controller with Apple HomeKit?

No, that feature is not available at the moment.

8. How does FIBARO support HomeKit?

FIBARO launched a new Motion, Flood and Door/Window Sensor that use BLE and work with HomeKit. Moreover, we will release a new app that can control the HomeKit accessories. More accessories are coming soon!

9. Do HomeKit accessories require a gateway/controller?

No, your iOS device (iOS 9.3 or newer) plays the role of gateway/controller, but Apple TV or iPad (iOS 10 or newer) will enable you to use them remotely through the iCloud.

10. Will the current FIBARO app for iPhone be capable of controlling HomeKit accessories?

No, but new app called FIBARO for HomeKit Connected Devices, designed to control HomeKit is available in AppStore.

11. Can I control my HomeKit accessories when away from home?

Yes, you need to set your iPad (iOS 10 or later) or Apple TV (4th generation) as home hub. For more information see Apple support page: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207057

12. Is an Apple TV required to control HomeKit accessories?

No, but it will extend the Bluetooth range and allow you to use a remote connection through the iCloud. Alternatively, an iPad (iOS 10 or newer) can be used.

13. Can I control HomeKit accessories out of the Bluetooth range of a n iOS device?

Yes, you can control them through Apple TV (4th generation) or other Wi-Fi devices that support tunneling if they are in accessory range.

14. Why do I notice a delay in communication with HomeKit accessories?

HomeKit accessories which use BLE are placed on standby to reduce battery usage. First communication when on standby will wake it up and subsequent commands should be performed without delay till next standby.

15. Do I have to use the FIBARO app to control FIBARO HomeKit accessories?

No, but it is recommended. FIBARO accessories should work with every HomeKit compatible app.

16. I lost my HomeKit Setup Code, is there a way to recover it?

For security reasons the Setup Code is provided only with the product to ensure no authorized person gets hold of it. Please, keep the Setup Codes for your accessories in a safe place or you won’t be able to pair them again after resetting. We cannot recover the HomeKit Setup Code for you.

17. I have paired multiple identical accessories, how can I distinguish which is which?

Use the “Identify” function in your mobile app and the chosen accessory will identify itself by blinking or making a sound (according to its manual).

18. Are FIBARO HomeKit accessories certified by Apple?

Yes, every FIBARO product that has “Works with Apple HomeKit” badge on its packaging is certified by Apple under its MFi Program.

19. What iOS devices are compatible with FIBARO accessories?

Controlling this HomeKit-enabled accessory from FIBARO requires an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 9.3 or newer.

20. Does HomeKit work with Apple Watch?

Yes, just add your accessory to favourites and they will be visible in Control Center and Apple Watch.

21. Do I need an iCloud account to use HomeKit?

No, but it is recommended. Every accessory you pair is assigned to your iCloud account and allows you to use it with all your iOS devices.

22. How can I check whether a product will work with HomeKit?

Every HomeKit-enabled product should have a "Works with Apple HomeKit" badge on its packaging.

23. Do I have to use iCloud Keychain to control HomeKit?

Only if you want to control HomeKit accessories via multiple iOS devices or Apple TV using same iCloud account.

24. Can I share control over HomeKit accessories with another person?

Yes, we recommend setting your iPad (iOS 10 or later) or Apple TV (4th generation) as home hub. For more information see Apple support page: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207057

25. Can I use my HomeKit accessories in Automations?

Yes, you need to set your iPad (iOS 10 or later) or Apple TV (4th generation) as home hub. For more information see Apple support page: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207057