Aqara Launches the Cube T1 Pro with Zigbee 3.0 Compatibility

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Aqara's latest release, the Cube T1 Pro, may not meet every user's expectations fully, but it introduces significant advancements that bolster its appeal for smart home automation enthusiasts. Equipped with the latest Zigbee 3.0 technology, support for over-the-air firmware updates, and compatibility with Apple HomeKit, this device offers a promising upgrade for users looking to enhance their home automation setup.


Innovative Design and Advanced Functionality

While the Aqara Cube T1 Pro retains the compact, minimalist design of its predecessors, it integrates the latest Zigbee 3.0 protocol, enhancing its potential interaction with a wide range of smart home devices. Its distinctive, dice-like indicators make interactions intuitive, allowing users to control multiple devices with simple gestures such as rotation, shaking, or tapping.

What is the Aqara Cube T1 Pro?

At its core, the Aqara Cube T1 Pro is a smart home controller designed to make interaction with various home automation devices simpler and more intuitive. This small, palm-sized cube acts as a physical interface to control devices within the Zigbee ecosystem and compatible products through programmed gestures. Each of the six sides of the cube can be programmed to trigger different actions, such as turning lights on/off, adjusting thermostat temperatures, or even controlling multimedia systems, making it a versatile addition to any smart home setup.

Expanded Connectivity with Limitations

Despite high expectations, the Cube T1 Pro does not support Thread technology, which could have significantly extended its compatibility and future usability within smart homes. For potential buyers, one option is to pair it with the Aqara hub. However, it also seamlessly pairs with Zigbee Home Automation (ZHA), although support by Zigbee2MQTT is notably still absent, which might limit its appeal to users of the popular open-source software.

On a positive note, Aqara has hinted at the possibility of incorporating Matter support through a future firmware update, expanding the Cube T1 Pro's usability. However, direct connection to Thread Border Routers remains impossible, which could be viewed as a missed opportunity to fully embrace the latest smart home protocols.

In Conclusion

The Aqara Cube T1 Pro is a sophisticated product that builds on the success of its predecessors with new features like Zigbee 3.0 and an improved user interface. While it misses out on Thread support, its potential for future Matter compatibility and its current robust feature set make it a worthwhile option for those invested in the Aqara ecosystem or newcomers seeking a reliable and innovative smart home automation solution. Its intuitive gesture-based controls and sleek design ensure it is not only functional but also a stylish addition to any smart home.

A portrait photo oif Liam Alexander Colman, the author, creator, and owner of Home Assistant Guide wearing a suit.

About Liam Alexander Colman

is an experienced Home Assistant user who has been utilizing the platform for a variety of projects over an extended period. His journey began with a Raspberry Pi, which quickly grew to three Raspberry Pis and eventually a full-fledged server. Liam's current operating system of choice is Unraid, with Home Assistant comfortably running in a Docker container.
With a deep understanding of the intricacies of Home Assistant, Liam has an impressive setup, consisting of various Zigbee devices, and seamless integrations with existing products such as his Android TV box. For those interested in learning more about Liam's experience with Home Assistant, he shares his insights on how he first started using the platform and his subsequent journey.

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