Home Automation Hubs: What You Need to Know

  • Byron R. Ford, Jr.
  • 06/14/21
 
 
Home automation can be a combination of different devices, or you can turn it into a central system that controls everything from your security to your lights. The question is, what's the best way to keep all of your technology organized so it can all work together? Minimizing hiccups in your experience starts with having an idea of your options. We'll look at what you need to know about home automation hubs and how they can help you keep track of your devices.

1. 'Hub' Can Refer to Multiple Products

A hub is essentially the center of your home automation system, connecting devices and ensuring they work together. In some cases, an individual device will come with a hub. For instance, the smartphone application for your sprinkler system allows you to set your parameters and then have the technology learn your preferences from there. If you have multiple automated features in your home, you might opt for a separate hub so you can check all of your data in one place.

2. Hubs Depend on Your Communication Methods

Wired and wireless devices are working in harmony like never before, but this doesn't mean that you can assume all of your devices will be compatible. When you select a hub, you have to take into account the existing technology in the house. Luckily, most manufacturers are including more devices than ever before. Different brands and operating systems can talk to each other and work together.
 
Often, the technology won't be as efficient as if you'd purchased everything from the same company - just keep in mind this inefficiency is a matter of degrees. The extra second or two it takes to connect the devices and get them communicating with each other might not be work making bigger purchases for.

3. Hybrid Hubs Can Do More

Smart home hubs can be combined with other kinds of technology like mesh routers to do more than just control your lighting from one place. This option would be perfect for a larger home with Wi-Fi dead zones throughout the property. Not only can you see what's happening in a big house this way, but you can also eliminate any disruption to your coverage.

4. Home Assistants Are Not a Direct Substitution

There are several choices in voice-controlled assistants that can serve as a hub for your smart devices. While they certainly can take place of a home automation hub, they don't offer the same degree of control. For basic systems, some homeowners might not even notice. However, if you want access to all the features, you might need to purchase a hub made specifically for more advanced technology.
 
Even if automation hubs aren't strictly necessary, they can quickly feel that way to homeowners who use them. Whether you're just exploring home automation or adding your fifth device, keep in mind how a hub can help.

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