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The AVM describes the material and provides details about the development of the next laboratory version of the material

The AVM describes the material and provides details about the development of the next laboratory version of the material

The material and the AVM interact with each other. At Ifa, Berlin router manufacturer AVM was able to demonstrate to the public a prototype version of the first Matter app on the new portal. By opening a tablet and the Google Home app, the team was able to swap out a light bulb, a plug and a radiator thermostat from the AVM.

An early developer release of a new Matter-compatible firmware was shown off, which was already able to set basic functionality on the gateway quite well. It’s the first step towards a lab release before a final release is finally expected.

AVM also announced the expected date of the lab’s release of the portal. The beta should come in early 2024. As previously reported, initially only for the portal, as the goal is to prevent the beta for Fritz boxes from potentially introducing bugs to a critical device. The gateway, which supports Zigbee as well as DECT ULE, is an obvious platform for testing.

As is usual with laboratory versions, it will then be expanded to include additional devices. The AVM has not yet been able to say when this will happen. The same applies to the possible date of the final version. Development was significantly delayed, an issue that affected many hardware and software teams in Matter’s development.

Implementation limits

Currently, the internal development version only works with the Google Home app. In theory, connecting to Amazon Alexa and Apple Home should of course work as well. According to AVM, some fine-tuning is still needed here. Once this is complete, the device, if there is a Matter profile, will also be displayed within the Matter network, regardless of the platform used at home. We’ve provided more information about this in our practical test of matter (migrating matter part 2).

However, there are expected limitations, which are sometimes caused by the material. If the device category doesn’t exist in Matter, Google Home (or Amazon Alexa, for example) won’t be able to control it if it’s signed in to a Fritzbox or portal. However, since a new version of the Matter standard comes out every six months, it’s always possible to expect new types of devices.

Here and there, the lack of comfort functions is expected. This happens when the Matter standard does not provide this functionality. The DECT-ULE device can do this, but the translation fails because, for example, there is no command for the rest function in the “language” of the material. For example, AVM cited a 15-minute boost function for its radiator thermostats. It is still unclear whether this can be implemented.

Another limitation is that DECT ULE devices pretend to be Matter devices via the Fritz world thanks to the gateway or Fritzbox, but this is essentially how devices are advertised from the inside out.

On the other hand, matter devices will not report to Fritzbox initially, that is, they cannot be controlled by Fritzbox. This is planned, but it is still too early to talk about an implementation timeline, AVM Notebookcheck.com said.