Setting Up Apple TV or iPad So You Can Control Your Accessories Remotely

In order to remotely access and automate your CommandKit accessories, you will need the following:

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  • Set up your HomeKit accessories in the Home app on your iOS device.
  • To control your accessories remotely, you need one of the following devices:
    • Apple TV (3rd generation)*
    • Apple TV (4th generation) with tvOS 9.0 or later
  • To set up automations and user permissions, you need one of the following devices:

*Apple TV (3rd generation) doesn't support remote access to HomeKit-enabled cameras.

Set up your home hub

You can set up your iPad or Apple TV (4th generation) as a home hub to automate and remotely control your HomeKit accessories from your iOS device. The device you set up as a home hub must remain in your home, connected to your home Wi-Fi network, and powered on.

Set up iPad as a home hub

  1. Go to Settings > iCloud. 
  2. Sign in with your Apple ID. 
  3. Check that iCloud Keychainand Home are both turned on. 
  4. Go to Settings > Home and turn on Use this iPad as a Home Hub.

Set up Apple TV as a home hub

  1. On your iOS device or Mac, set up two-factor authentication for your Apple ID. Then go to iCloud and make sure that you have iCloud Keychainturned on.
  2. On your Apple TV, go to Settings > Accounts and make sure that you're signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID as your iOS device.
  3. After you sign in to iCloud, your Apple TV automatically sets itself up as a home hub. To check the status of your home hub, go to Settings > Accounts > iCloud and look under HomeKit to see if your home hub is connected. Learn what to do ifyou don’t see HomeKit.

Turn on two-factor authentication for your Apple ID

You can follow the steps below to turn on two-factor authentication.

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 9 or later:

  1. Go to Settings > iCloud > tap your Apple ID.
  2. Tap Password & Security.
  3. Tap Turn on Two-Factor Authentication.
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