When you decide to switch to a smart home, comfort and convenience aren’t the only things you’re thinking about. You want to ensure that all your central hub and smart devices incorporate total privacy in their functions.
The Hubitat Elevation Smart Hub was created for that exact purpose. Not only is this hub among the best and most reliable ones in the smart home industry, but its commitment to privacy is like no other.
The company believes that you shouldn’t have to put your convenience and security of your smart home in the hands of the internet or any company that you are not sure about its continuity.
You want to ensure that you can still access your private data with or without the company, and keep running your smart home in any way you wish. Since the start, Hubitat has been committed to ensuring that they keep their smart home solutions for their users 100% local.
This means that with or without an internet connection, the performance of your Hubitat Elevation Smart Hub and your smart devices will be undeterred. While you’re required to create an online account before proceeding to set up your Hubitat-powered smart home, that is the only time you will be using an online service.
Once you’re done with that, all your smart devices will be connected to your Hubitat Elevation Smart Hub, and all the processes will take place locally via your home network.
You’ll also manage your smart devices from a web-based interface provided by Hubitat Elevation Smart Hub directly and not by any online service provider. Home automation with Hubitat is meant to be both secure and very efficient.
Unlike other smart hubs such as Samsung SmartThings, which you can connect directly to your home Wi-Fi without the need for a router, the Hubitat smart hub has to be plugged into the router always.
The Hubitat Elevation Smart Hub is also fitted with Z-Wave and Zigbee radios to accommodate the smart devices that use these networks.
The Hubitat Smart Home Setup Process
Unlike other smart hubs, with Hubitat Elevation Smart Hub, you don’t go through a mobile app to complete its registration. Rather, you have to set up everything related to the smart hub using a web interface.
After registering the Hubitat smart hub, you’re directed to the home screen. On its left side is where you find the listing of all compatible smart devices, apps, and settings.
The home screen also provides more advanced options such as drivers code, system events, apps code, and logs. The important section of the web interface is the Apps menu because this is where almost everything about the smart hub’s functionalities takes place.
In the Apps menu, you can pair all the smart devices you want with the Hubitat Elevation Smart Hub, group them together, and add automation. The best thing about the Hubitat Elevation Smart Hub is that enabling the apps within its interface is simple and straightforward.
For the devices compatible with Hubitat Elevation Smart Hub, all you need to do is add them to the interface, and they will be automatically paired. Once you’ve installed all the apps for the smart devices you need, the next step is to connect them.
This process shouldn’t take more than a few minutes if you have the appropriate hubs. For example, to pair Lutron Caseta plugs, switches, or shades with Hubitat Elevation Smart Hub, you’ll require the proper Lutron Hub.
However, for the Nest devices such as the smoke detector, smart cameras, and thermostat, you’re required to have the developer account to pair it with the Hubitat smart hub.
Since Hubitat Elevation Smart Hub incorporates both Z-Wave and Zigbee radios, connecting the devices that use these networks is even easier. All you need to do is plug them directly into the smart hub, and you’ll be good to go.
This applies to all smart devices such as lights, plugs, and locks. With Hubitat Elevation Smart Hub, you have the freedom to create your integrations and apps, which you can also share with fellow Hubitat users.
Creating Groups, Scenes, and Rules in Hubitat
What makes Hubitat Elevation smart hub stand out from other smart hubs such as Samsung SmartThings is that it gives its users the freedom to create scenes and groups for better control of their smart devices.
With Hubitat smart hub, you even make rules guiding your smart devices. You can have them performing certain functions when something happens, or certain conditions are met. For example, you can have the thermostat lower the temperature during given times of the day pr when there are people inside.
Another rule you can create with your Hubitat smart hub is to have the smart lights turn on, or the door locks lock whenever the motion detector picks up movement around your house.
Hubitat smart hub also gives you the freedom to group your smart devices and have them perform different functions simultaneously.
For example, you can create a group named ‘bedroom’ in which you can activate all devices in there from the smart speakers, lights, or switches with a single tap. Setting up these rules is even easier since each step can be picked from the menu.
You pick the devices you want to create rules for, specify the event that will trigger it, and what you expect to happen when it does. With the Hubitat Elevation Smart Hub, your smart home’s functionalities are only limited by the number of smart devices you have.
Hubitat Smart Home Integrations
If you have a smart device that uses Zigbee or Z-Wave network, the chances are that it works with Hubitat. Here are some of the platforms and brands that work seamlessly with Hubitat;
- Google Home
- Amazon Alexa
- Lutron Caseta
- Philips Hue
The Hubitat smart hub is one of the smallest and yet very powerful hubs you’ll find in the smart home market. Once you build it out with the proper apps and configurations, you’re guaranteed a long list of smart devices and services that the hub can accommodate.
Hubitat smart hub is for users who want more control, convenience, effectiveness, and privacy as they switch to home automation.
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