The gateway is a small hub that connects your light sources to your IKEA Home smart app via your home WiFi network, so that you can control your lights from a mobile device anywhere in your home. The IKEA Home smart app will not control your IKEA smart lighting without the gateway. What do I need to use the TRÅDFRI gateway and IKEA Home smart app?
When did the IKEA tradfri smart lights come out?
Trådfri actually covers the entirety of Ikea’s smart home line, which includes smart plugs, motion sensors and more. The Swedish furniture maker launched its smart lights in 2017 and has since expanded the lineup with more bulbs, accessories and integrations.
Which is better IKEA tradfri or Philips Hue?
Trådfri covers the basics of smart lighting well enough, though there are limitations, and it’s clearly behind Philips Hue and Lifx. The low cost is definitely in Trådfri’s favour though, and the accessories (remote, dimmer, motion sensor) give you more options if you want a very small-scale smart bulb setup without a hub.
Is the IKEA tradfri app compatible with Alexa?
First of all, the IKEA Trådfri app works over the local network only. You won’t toggle devices from work unless you link your IKEA Trådfri Gateway to Alexa or Google Assistant and do it via their interfaces. It’s not a deal breaker, but a rather strange design choice. While I’m on the subject of the app, it is very limited.