New FlexSDR for iOS HomeKit question

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Hi, I downloaded the new release that now include HomeKit support.... Great! but when enabling the HomeKit support, I can only see a small list of all my devices connected and supported by HomeKit. I am already using such HomeKit device to turn on my Flex 6400, But unfortunately, it does not appear in the component listed within FlexSDR iOS app.

Any clues??

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Hi Jeff. The intended way for supporting HomeKit from inside the App is that, once you enabled HomeKit from the Settings menu in the HomeKit Tool of the App, you should see a list of "Compatible" HomeKit devices. You can then select the devices you want to use. Then, those devices you selected should appear under the Home Icon on the main Panadapter screen.

It might take some time until you see all devices in the list after switching on HomeKit but you can also pull-to-refresh this list to force an update.

With "Compatible" I mean devices that can be switched or turned on. I am filtering out all ou other devices because I thought they are not useful for the App and to keep the list small.

Can you tell me which particular device you are using and not seeing in the list?

73,
Marcus, DL8MRE
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If you use Homekit via an Apple TV 4.... this will act as a gateway for your all your Homekit devices... But I strongly suggest that you put in place a VPN instead of opening security breaches in your network. But this is only IMHO..... :-)

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The WEMO Mini WiFi Smart Plug works
Great over WAN using the WEMO App
From the Apple App Store but does not
Work when Within then iOS SDR program
over WAN

It does work with the WEMO Mini WiFI
Smart Plug Switch within iOS SDR with LAN
but does not work over my WAN network

So the issue is within iOS SDR when trying
To use the Switch when over WAN versus
LAN accesss

Mike
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One thing take care is to have fully Homekit compatible devices. Running your device on iOS is not sufficient... it must be Homekit compliant. If you cannot see and manage you device inside Apple Home app.... you won't be able to use it from FlexSDR as well.

73 Jeff VA2SS
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When Using iOS SDR when selecting the iHome Symbol
The WeMo Switch can toggle ON and Off over LAN
But will not Toggle over WAN

Over WAN, I must use the WeMo App to successfully
toggle the Switch On and Off

Hope that helps you out Marcus

73 Mike
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FYI Marcus
Just in case you or anyone else needed to
Know this

The WEMO HomeKit Switch Ports needed

10. What are the ports used for Wemo HomeKit Mini
WiFi Smart Plug ?

Ports are openings that allow data to flow in and out through your router's firewall. The following ports are used for Wemo:

Type
Port Number
Purpose
Local
1900
Advertisement and discovery requests (UPnP).
Xxxx
Discovery response port is up to the requester source port – random
49152, 49153, 49xxxx
Local web service calls. First two are used most of the time, but numbers can increase.
Remote
8080
http for downloading firmware update files
8443
https for web services to cloud
3478
Port for TURN server for NAT client
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Hi Marcus,

Yes it is indeed a HomeKit supported device that I bought from the Apple Store.

See : https://www.apple.com/shop/product/HJ...

I created two HOME into HomeKit at my QTH.... and it seems that I can only see devices from my « default » home only. Accessories associated with my shack are not my default home and limited to me to prevent unauthorized access from my family.

I have already see iDevices devices in the list from FlexSDR.... but not all... that’s explain why. I will need to move all in 1 place or you are planning to support multi home in HomeKit ???

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I actually have many of these iDevices hardware.... As I only see those in my main HOME.... Until FLexSDR support multi home in Homekit, I will need to move into the same home all my Homekit devices.

73 Jeff | VA2SS
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Jeff, yes, you are right. The App only supports one Home not multiple and If you have more than one, it uses the "Default Home". But I added the idea to support multiple homes to the ToDo list. It should not be too difficult to add but I wanted to concentrate on V3 first.

And yes, as you said earlier, the WEMO solution is NOT a HomeKit compliant device. It's just iOS compatible but not HomeKit.

And, for HomeKit, no Ports need to be opened and no VPN is needed. 

And, you need not to have an Apple TV to be able to use HomeKit. It can also be an iPad or a HomePod but my personal preference is also an Apple TV.

Hope this helps.


73,
Marcus
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Can anyone recommend a device that does not
Require open ports for WAN that will work with
Marcus iOS SmartSDR as a AC Plug Outlet

The WEMO works over LAN and only in
WAN thru the WEMO and Home App

Any suggestions for successful WAN
AC Plug outlets that work in the Flex
iOS Smart SDR App on the iPhone

73 Mike
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Returned the WEMO unit today and ordered the iDevices
Unit from Amazon. Hope that works for Home in iOS SDR over WAN
73 Mike