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Fun with Siri

Fun with Siri

Apple does not offer an app for HomeKit for end users — Siri serves as Apple’s interface for your HomeKit-enabled home. But developers of HomeKit-enabled devices, such as Elgato, offer apps like Eve for the setup and management of your devices. Using the Eve app, you have access to all Apple-supported HomeKit data such as temperature, humidity, and on/off status, as well as additional information not available via Siri — air pressure, recent energy use, historical data, and more.

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Tip: Siri names

Tip: Siri names

When setting up a new HomeKit-enabled device, Eve offers to set a Siri name for the device. This is an option you should choose for a better Siri experience later.

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HomeKit-Basics

HomeKit-Basics

HomeKit uses three types of locations to manage both your Eve devices and any HomeKit-enabled devices from other vendors. The main three types are “Rooms,” “Zones,” and “Homes.” Within Homes you’ll find “Scenes” and “Service Groups,” which offer an easy way to control several devices with one command inside a Home.

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Invite guests

Invite guests

You can share your HomeKit configuration with all your iOS devices that are set up using the same Apple ID. On top of that, HomeKit allows guest access. Use it for family members and friends who use a different Apple ID on their iOS devices. Note that guests do have full access to view all the values of your HomeKit-enabled devices and can even control them — such as Eve Energy. Guests are not allowed to edit your HomeKit configuration or invite other guests.

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Use additional iOS devices with Eve

Use additional iOS devices with Eve

HomeKit accessories, including Elgato Eve accessories, are setup with an iOS device — for example, your iPhone. To share your Eve accessories with other devices such as your iPad, you can set up other iOS devices using the same Apple ID as the master iOS device, and iCloud will sync the HomeKit setup across all of them.

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Using Triggers

Using Triggers

Update: With Eve 1.4 helper apps for creating time triggers are no longer needed, Eve allows setting of time triggers.
As of iOS 9.2.x, location and characteristic HomeKit triggers are not yet available for Bluetooth Smart devices. Once this functionality is enabled in a future version of iOS, a free Eve app update will enable support for location and characteristic triggers.

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Scenes: On Command

Scenes: On Command

Scenes allow you to control several HomeKit-enabled devices simultaneously with a single command–for example, switch selected devices on or off. To do so, you need switchable devices such as a fan connected via Eve Energy and/or a Hue lamp.

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