As Apple announced at WWDC, there is an important caveat to Siri being supported on third-party devices: You’ll need to have a HomePod mini on the same network as your Ecobee. This is because when you use “Hey Siri” and make a request through the Ecobee, it routes the request over your network and through the HomePod mini.
Users with a HomePod or HomePod mini may utilise voice commands to control the SmartThermostat for things like adjusting the temperature and sending Intercom messages. To guarantee privacy and security, the thermostat transmits requests through a HomePod or HomePod mini connected to the same Wi-Fi network. The Home app on an iPhone, iPad, or Mac may also be used to manage the temperature.
For instance, if you say “Hey Siri, unlock the front door,” the Ecobee SmartThermostat can pick up your request, send it to the HomePod mini in another room, where the command is ultimately performed.
We’re excited that customers will be able to talk to Siri directly from ecobee’s SmartThermostat with voice control, offering Apple customers a more seamless experience throughout the home. With every advancement to our products, we hope to make our customers’ lives better, with devices that bring even more comfort and convenience to each day.
Even further, as noted by the Verge, this update also turns your Ecobee SmartThermostat into an AirPlay 2 target. Of course, the SmartThermostat doesn’t feature the world’s greatest speakers, but this does let you play music and podcasts on the device, and include it in multi-room setups with other AirPlay-enabled devices.
This new integration brings that promise to life by opening up new ways for our customers to control their home with our SmartThermostat.
Ecobee says the update is rolling out now to SmartThermostat with voice control models and will hit all users over the coming weeks. You’ll need a HomePod mini running software version 15 and for your SmartThermostat to be on firmware 18.104.22.1682.
Today, ecobee announced that Siri is coming to the SmartThermostat with voice control with a free software update. Customers will be able to use Apple’s intelligent assistant to say “Hey Siri” to their ecobee SmartThermostat and get hands-free help setting the temperature, sending an intercom message, and more. The software update is beginning to roll out now and will be available over the next few weeks for all ecobee SmartThermostat customers.