Bought an Aqara M2 Hub

Two separate pieces to that.

  1. The independent third-party Zigbee standard does allow for multiple profiles and lots of variations, including manufacturer – specific variations. For example, the Phillips Hue tap dial switch works with the Phillips Hue Bridge, but will not work directly with a SmartThings/Aeotec hub. That’s because it uses the Zigbee green power profile which smartthings does not support at the time of this writing.

FAQ: Zigbee Application Profiles, or why not all zigbee devices work with SmartThings

As a second example, Tuya, a major Home Automation device manufacturer, uses a lot of proprietary code, so their devices don’t work with most other Zigbee hubs. You can sometimes get them to work with SmartThings, but it requires a lot of custom code.

FAQ: Using Tuya Zigbee Devices Directly With a SmartThings/Aeotec Hub (2024)

  1. It’s up to the manufacturer of each hub whether they choose to accept third-party Zigbee devices or not. Many do not, because they don’t want the customer service headaches of having to support other companies’ devices. So you can’t add an IKEA Zigbee device to An aqara hub or an aqara Zigbee device to an IKEA hub at the time of this posting even if they use the same profile. But you might be able to add either to a SmartThings hub if the profile is right…
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