Update February 14, 2020 12:09 P.M. Central time: Belkin (parent firm of Linksys) denies the release is imminent.
“Inaccurate verbiage on timing and availability of Linksys HomeKit-enabled routers was shared on our website [on Thursday],” Belkin told AppleInsider “We are excited to bring these features to market soon, and will reach out when we’re ready to announce availability.”
Linksys looks to be the first Wi-Fi router vendor to offer HomeKit compatibility for one of its routers. The Linksys Velop line of routers is expected to soon receive an update that will enable the functionality.
“We’re rolling out a firmware update to your Velop system in the next several days. Once your system updates, the next time you open the Linksys app, it will invite you to link with Apple Home,” Linksys says in an update note. “All of your Velop nodes must be tri-band for this integration to work.”
The update is limited to the following models.
- WHW0301 & WHW0301B
- WHW0302 & WHW0302B
- WHW0303 & WHW0303B
“When your Velop system is linked with the Apple Home app, it can monitor HomeKit accessories and prevent them from communicating in ways that might be harmful in the event an external threat from the internet gets through,” Linksys added. “This can stop viruses and malware from spreading, or your data from being sent to the wrong places.”
The update notification was first reported by HomeKit News on Thursday evening.