A new Ikea TRADFRI smart home gateway could be on the way
Rumors have started that Ikea could be about to release a new TRADFRI smart home gateway device. German blog SmartApfel.de spotted that the TRADFRI is now marked as “Last chance! Only available for a short time” on Ikea.de.
The TRADFRI gateway is a smart home hub that you need to connect to other products from Ikea, such as smart light bulbs and dimmer switches. Therefore, it would be improbable that Ikea would discontinue this product without also launching a replacement gadget.
The range of Ikea smart home products that connect to the TRADFRI has increased in recent months, including the PRAKTLYSING and TREDANSEN smart blinds and a new TRADFRI smart bulb. As the product range increases, fans will hope that the number of devices that can simultaneously connect to the TRADFRI will increase from the current limit of 50.
Ikea has not confirmed that it will release a new smart home hub, and no further details such as specifications or possible release date are known. The TRADFRI continues to be popular, with price increases seen in many countries over the last year. For example, there were two price hikes in the US, taking the cost from US$35.00 to US$39.99.