With official Matter support, Eero mesh routers could soon run your smart home

We are literally now celebrate The edge10-year anniversary in New York City, but we couldn’t have an epic two-day event without bringing you some tech news as well – and Eero co-founder and CEO Nick Weaver just did at About. Weaver says that Eero, one of the first to adopt the Thread protocol, will upgrade all of its Thread-equipped Wi-Fi routers to also fully support Matter. Matter is the next 2022 standard that is expected to allow for easier setup of smart home devices, with any compatible Matter host capable of discovering and working with any Matter client. Amazon’s smart home rivals Apple and Google are also on board Matter.

“It’s different this time,” says Weaver, when asked about his company’s long-standing support for Thread, a protocol that had shown no signs of taking off until it became part of the Matter standard. Now, many Eeros are ready to make much more use of it.

Weaver also mentioned on stage that Eero had explored the idea of ​​a cellular backup system for Eero routers, similar to how Amazon parent company’s other brand, Ring, uses cellular backup for its system. alarm, although Weaver made no promises today.

When asked if he saw any competition from cellular service providers (who now offer 5G home connections that can be provided with their own routers), if he sees a trend, he seemed to push back. idea. “The biggest trend we’re seeing is that people are switching to gigabit en masse,” he says. He says Eero has seen a 75% growth in its business from selling Eero to ISPs. “ISPs don’t want to receive service calls for their Wi-Fi routers, which is why they are with us,” he tells us.

Weaver says the company is currently designing routers that are independent of your internet connection – no matter how good your ISP connection is, it doesn’t really matter. Wi-Fi connection throughout your home.

In case you’re curious about what’s on Weaver’s own home network, he told Nilay and Dieter that his long list of devices includes a smart oven, and there’s an Apple HomeKit bridge among them. its many hubs. Will Eero support HomeKit? Weaver wouldn’t say.