Why? Because it’s cool to come home from work and have your TV and other favorite IR controlled hardware power on. Automatically turn the tower fan on when it gets over 75º in the bedroom after sunset. “Hey Siri, it’s movie time”; mute the TV, turn on the surround sound, and dim the lights. Trigger a music playlist to run on your sound system via AppleScript when you arrive home at the end of the day, every Friday obviously. Maybe I’ll explore that last one later.
Previously, Apple required all HomeKit products to use their certified chips for security purposes. On June 5th, 2017, Apple announced they were replacing this policy with the ability to authorize new HomeKit devices via software. This guide may be completely obsolete in the future if companies such as Broadlink are allowed to provide firmware updates that take advantage of the software authorization process. Until then, I’m hoping this guide can come of use to someone.
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