Is Keeping Data Local The Answer To Smart Home Privacy And Security? If So Hubitat’s Cloudless Hub Might Be The Solution.
Hubitat Elevation is the latest smart home hub. It does not connect to the cloud and instead keeps all data and automation locally.
To be sure, a cloud-connected hub brings several advantages over one that runs everything locally. Software updates are easier for the device maker to manage directly, for one thing. With an internet connection, you can access your home devices when you’re not at home as well.
Cloud-based hubs have become popular due to mobile apps which offer an interface to create and handle home automation. Issues with cloud-based hubs are that the usage patterns of your device can be transferred to the hub’s service provider through the web which could then fall into someone’s hands. They would then be able to figure out if your house is empty or not, though it is a far-fetched scenario. If your internet is down, you will face more issues.
Wink and Samsung started supporting a hybrid functionality where their hubs will not be crippled without an internet connection. Fibaro’s Z-Wave Home Center hubs work locally unless you specifically want to access your devices remotely. It also deals with, to a certain extent, the security issues.
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