Smart Home Hubs enable everything from simple scheduling, to remote smart phone control and notifications. Some home automation hubs also enable integration between disparate systems like security alarms or audio/video equipment. Today's smart home automation hubs are cost effective and powerful with support for technologies including Insteon, ZWave, Zigbee and WiFi.
SMART HUB vs CLOUD
It's possible to have a smart home without a smart home hub. For example, WiFi devices typically have their own cloud service and smart phone applications. These can be set up and controlled without a smart hub. It's even possible to set up schedules with some WiFi devices.
So why would anyone want to use a smart hub if home automation can be acheived without one?
Typically a smart home hub is introduced when using other technologies like Insteon, ZWave or Zigbee. The hub is used to set up devices, scenes and other programming.
With a home automation hub in the picture, it's possible to integrate devices using one or more of these technologies. Plus the hub can operate independantly of the cloud, meaning if the Internet connection is broken, the smart home continues to be smart.
Ultimately the choice of hub or hubless installation will depend on the user and the automation needs.
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