Bosch introduced a new Bridge for its own smarthome system at the end of last year. The new generation only supports Zigbee 3.0 and no longer 868 MHz. Thus, only second-generation devices can be connected. To enable existing users with first-generation devices to switch to the Smart Home Controller II, Bosch is now offering a radio stick, although at around €100 it’s not really cheap.
In the first generation of Smarthome devices, Bosch still relied on 868 MHz for the wireless connection. The manufacturer relies on Zigbee 3.0 for the successors. While all devices can be connected with the Bosch Smart Home Controller of the first generation, the second generation does without 868 MHz. Accordingly, the old devices, including the radiator thermostat, the room thermostat and the door-window contact, could not be connected to the new controller until now.
USB radio stick upgrades 868 MHz
Meanwhile, customers who want to switch to Bosch Smart Home Controller II can purchase a radio stick through the customer account. This is simply connected to the new controller via USB and upgrades 868 MHz.
In the customer account, this must be done by going to “Problem with order or item” and selecting the option “I have a Bosch Smart Home Controller and would like to switch to a Bosch Smart Home Controller II”.
You will then be guided through the purchase process and can buy a radio stick once for €99.95. If you send the old controller back to Bosch, you should receive a voucher of 20€ for the online store.
By the way, not all devices connected to the Bosch Smart Home Controller (II) are also displayed in HomeKit. You can see which devices are available in HomeKit in HomeDevices.