Smart home company Athom has introduced its new smart home hub, Homey Pro, in Canada as well as the U.S. and the U.K.
The locally operating universal smart home hub, which was previously only available in Europe, comes with eight smart home technologies baked in, including Matter, and supports more than 50,000 smart home devices from more than 1,000 brands.
Homey Pro works with the Homey App, which is available for iOS, Android and web browser, enabling users to easily customize and automate your smart home based on your unique habits and preferences. Available for purchase on Amazon or the Homey website, Homey Pro retails for $549 CAD.
“We designed the new Homey Pro based on feedback from our most demanding customers and were meticulous in its design,” says Emile Nijssen, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Athom. “Homey Pro is a feature-packed product that makes it even easier for users to unify and organize their home connections while maintaining speed and privacy. It’s truly the best way to take any smart home to the next level.”
Homey Pro features local processing, and is designed to make it possible for devices from countless manufacturers and platforms to work together, controlled by a single app. Homey Pro also comes with Homey Flow and Advanced Flow for automation, Homey Insights for historical data, and Homey Energy to show real-time energy consumption.
You can continue to use and connect various smart home devices, from TVs, speakers, lights, thermostats, home appliances, EV chargers, and more. Built privacy-first, Homey Pro doesn’t listen in or sell any customer data, says Athom, nor use any of its customers’ personal information to create user profiles or targeted advertisements.
Along with Matter, Homey Pro features Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth Low Energy 5.0, Zigbee 3.0, Z-Wave (Plus, S2), 433MHz RF, Infrared, Matter and Thread (Q3 2023) connectivity in a single hub. This allows you to combine devices on existing Zigbee and Z-Wave technology with new ones on Matter, the new smart home language backed by large brands, including Google, Apple, Amazon and IKEA. In addition to generic Matter support, Homey Apps can extend Matter devices’ functionality with manufacturer-specific features, energy usage and a manufacturer-defined appearance to honour the brand’s uniqueness.
In addition to Wi-Fi, Homey Pro can be connected to a wired network with the optional Homey Pro Ethernet Adapter (MSRP $44). Designed to be plugged into the power adapter, Homey Pro doesn’t have any messy cables, even when connected to Ethernet.
Homey Pro can be extended with one or more Homey Bridge devices to increase wireless coverage in large homes. Zigbee and Z-Wave act as powered repeaters in the mesh network. Devices that use Infrared or 433 MHz will use the nearest Homey Pro or Homey Bridge.
Homey Cloud Services such as the Homey App Store and remote access are included free of charge with the new Homey Pro, along with a free local back-up option via PC or Mac. Cloud backups are available with an optional 99 cents per month subscription. Additionally, new devices and services are added daily to the Homey App Store, which allows developers and manufacturers to extend support to more devices and services, all free to end-users. The Homey App Store features more than 750 apps, including staff picks and popular apps that can be browsed by category.
Homey Pro features a quad-core ARMv8 processor, 2 GB of DDR4 RAM, and 8 GB onboard storage. It also has up to 3.5 times better performance than the previous generation, and up to four times better wireless range, depending on the connection and technology.
Athom B.V. is a privately held Dutch technology company.