Smart Hubs May Have Been The Brains Of Your Smart Home But They Are Quickly Becoming A Thing Of The Past.
We always think of hubs as the brains of a smart home but thanks to advances by Amazon and Google, they may not be necessary any more. Smart hubs were useful when you had devices from different manufacturers and they connected everything efficiently.
You could monitor a Z-wave or Zigbee device and managed it locally from a dedicated app from the manufacturer, but you needed a hub to extend capability further.
However, hubs have their drawbacks as well. Wink and SmartThings are among the most popular in the smart home hub market. Lowe’s is no longer playing with its Iris platform. Google Assistant and Alexa offer almost every feature and capability that your smart home hub offers. From setting routines, creating groupings, and automating tasks, these voice assistants can do it all. They can also connect to multiple devices via Wi-Fi or any third-party app integration.
Echo Show or Echo Plus also lets you connect to Zigbee devices. The main issue without hubs is Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi is not battery-friendly nor does it have the range of Z-Wave. Wi-Fi 6 standard solves these issues and even reduces congestion issues. For the problems that are not solved with this, mesh networks come into play. Google has its own mesh router system and Amazon recently purchased Eero.
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