If you’re looking for an easier way to control your smart home, the right hub makes all the difference. But many of these hubs store all of your data in the cloud, so something as simple as turning on a light bulb becomes a privacy breach. Hubitat wants to change all that by giving you more control with the Hubitat Elevation hub.
Hubitat operates locally
While the hub works with a wide variety of smart home devices, including those that need to use cloud servers like Amazon Echo and Google Home devices, Hubitat ignores the internet as much as possible. On the other hand, many popular hubs, such as SmartThings, require the Internet to function.
This immediately gives you two advantages. First, by working and storing all the data locally, nothing is sent to remote servers around the world. You don’t have to worry if your information is secure. Of course, if you are using cloud-based devices, such as smart speakers, anything you say or control with them will be sent to their respective cloud servers.
The second benefit is that if the internet goes down, all locally controlled devices are still working. The Hubitat Elevation hub connects directly to your router via an Ethernet cable. This creates a local network that does not depend on the Internet to function.
Just because your data isn’t stored in the cloud doesn’t mean you can’t control your smart devices remotely. Originally you had to use a website and a custom dashboard to control everything, which wasn’t the easiest thing to do. However, Hubitat listened to users and created much more convenient mobile apps for ios and Android. Users still have complaints about the app, but it is still being improved.
Faster response time
Local data storage reduces many privacy concerns with smart home hubs. It also speeds up response times. Want your lights on? They will turn on much faster using local Hubitat controls compared to a cloud dependent hub. When you make a request with a cloud-dependent hub, your request is sent through your router and online to the hub’s servers. It is then processed and returned.
With Hubitat Elevation, the request is sent directly to the smart home device. This is true with direct requests and automations.
Privacy Plus compatibility
You can expect privacy to come at the cost of limited compatibility, but that’s not true. You don’t have to use just one product line. Instead, the hub is compatible with all of the following and increasingly:
- Amazon Alexa
- Google Assistant
- His bone
This means that most of the major smart home devices are compatible. Again, not all devices requiring Internet access will have the same privacy benefits. For example, smart assistants send voice commands over the internet for processing. This means that you will have to manage privacy separately for these, like deleting Amazon Alexa records stored remotely.
Is it worth it?
Hubitat is much more complex to set up than many other smart home hubs. If you prefer a simpler configuration, the privacy component may not be a sufficient benefit. However, if you don’t control your smart home primarily with a voice assistant, you will get faster response times, reliable connections even without internet, and local data storage with a Hubitat Elevation Hub.
For the privacy-focused smart home, it’s definitely worth it. While it’s more expensive than some hubs at $ 149.95, the peace of mind is worth the extra money to keep your smart home usage data out of the cloud.
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