HomeKit Airport Express as a HomeKit Hub


macrumors 603
Original poster
Sep 20, 2006
There & Back Again
Hey guys, I’ve done a lot of reading, but can’t find anything specific to this.

Can you use the APE (with AirPlay2) as a HomeKit hub instead of an ATV or a HomePod?

Lots of info about it being used for audio streaming etc and that it ties into HomeKit, but not as the hub. I’d like to setup some automation and I don’t have the ATV, HomePod or iPad for this function.


macrumors member
Nov 17, 2016
Las Vegas
Unfortunately no. Currently only Apple TV, HomePod and iPad can act as HomeKit hubs. The firmware update the express got a while back just gave it the ability to be an airplay 2 target. If I had to guess it’d be because of the hardware requirements needed to act as a hub, as there are limitations even with the 3rd gen Apple TV (doesn’t allow for remote access to homekit cameras or shared users)