HomePod HomePod as a HomeKit bluetooth range extender

Discussion in 'HomeKit, HomePod, CarPlay, Home & Auto Technology' started by MonstaMash, Feb 17, 2018.

  1. MonstaMash macrumors regular

    MonstaMash

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    I have an Apple TV 4 as my Home Hub. I have a Schlage Sense lock that frequently says “No Response” as the bluetooth range of the lock can’t reach the location of the Apple TV.

    If I add another Apple TV closer to the lock, the secondary Apple TV kind of acts like a repeater (Apple calls it Standby in the Home app), and this solves the problem. But I don’t need an Apple TV in that spot, and would rather have something I’d use, like a speaker.

    Does the HomePod mirror this type of functionality? Can anyone here with a similar setup see if acts a Standby Home Hub in the Home app, thus extending the range of HomeKit accessories?
     
  2. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    Does your lock use Bluetooth or WiFi to communicate. I thought these device use WiFi.
     
  3. MonstaMash thread starter macrumors regular

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    I think most HomeKit accessories use WiFi, especially those with hubs.

    The Schlage Sense lock uses Bluetooth LE. It has to be within a limited range of an Apple TV in order to function unfortunately. That’s why I am hoping I can just place a HomePod closer to my door instead of an Apple TV.
     
  4. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    I see. Bluetooth makes sense as it is great for short range use like walking up to your door and getting it to unlock. I think some do run on WiFi as you can activate the lock from anywhere in the world via the Internet.
     
  5. cynics macrumors G4

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    The HomePod as a hub should act like an AppleTV as a hub.

    However like any speaker its placement will effect its performance. You dont want to have it crammed in a nook.
     
  6. satinsilverem2 macrumors 6502a

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    Actually most HomeKit devices communicate over the Bluetooth LE protocol. Thats why the Apple TV acts as a range extender and not the Airports or other WiFi Router.
     
  7. wesley96 macrumors 6502

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    What's happening is that there can be more than one HomeKit hub. Bluetooth LE based HomeKit devices will try to connect to a hub closest to it. So they can be placed farther than just having one hub. The second hub is not acting as a Bluetooth range extender, per se, but that's just a technical difference. To my knowledge, HomePod can be used in this manner since it's sanctioned as a full-fledged HomeKit hub, just like an Apple TV.
     

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