Like every other website on the planet, SmallNetBuilder uses cookies. Our cookies track login status, but we only allow admins to log in anyway, so those don't apply to you. Any other cookies you pick up during your visit come from advertisers, which we don't control.
If you continue to use the site, you agree to tolerate our use of cookies. Thank you!

Router Charts

Click for Router Charts

Router Ranker

Click for Router Ranker

NAS Charts

Click for NAS Charts

NAS Ranker

Click for NAS Ranker

More Tools

Click for More Tools

HomeKit logo Early reports of delays in Bluetooth LE-based HomeKit Smart Home devices are coming true.

A Forbes article today attributes delays in the availability of Bluetooth-based HomeKit home automation products to problems implementing advanced encryption techniques Apple requires in the specification.

Stacey Higginbotham's May report in Fortune was the first indicator of trouble in HomeKit-land, reporting larger-than-expected code requirements that exceeded the memory available in small battery-powered devices.

Today's article expands on the reasons for product delays, citing processing and memory loads greater than Blueooth LE-based devices can handle due to 3072-bit key and other advanced encryption requirements.

elgato Eve

elgato Eve

The article quoted an elgato spokesperson who said their first HomeKit efforts using Bluetooth LE required 40 seconds to figure out if a door was open or closed. Another report from a "source who requested anonymity to protect his relationship with Apple said lag times reached 7 minutes when his company’s device tried to use the HomeKit protocol through Bluetooth LE". elgato has since solved the problems by "tweaking firmware" and adding more memory.

Wi-Fi based Homekit products and those using gateways like the recently-reviewed Insteon HomeKit-enabled hub, don't face these problems due to more powerful (and power-hungry) chipsets and memory baked into products.

Wi-Fi System Tools
Check out our Wi-Fi System Charts, Ranker and Finder!

Support Us!

If you like what we do and want to thank us, just buy something on Amazon. We'll get a small commission on anything you buy. Thanks!

Over In The Forums

I want to configure my router so all traffic on my network goes through my VPN (PIA). However, I would like a single machine to be excluded from the V...
I'm am trying to update the firmware on my RT-AC68U. It is currently Merlin build 3.0.0.4.374.39. Initially my goal was to try and return it to the la...
Hello everyone I have a home lab that I dib and dabble in. I have recently taking up an interest in PBX and am about to connect to a Trunk. My PBX is ...
Small business. Main network is handled by ISP. We manage our wireless network. We have 3 AC66U. 1 is running in AP Mesh Router mode, 2 are in node mo...
hi i just bought the ax88u and replaced my ac88u.but i have a problem with the 5ghz wifi band. on my old ac88u i had around 300Mbit speed on my 5ghz b...

Don't Miss These

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3