Smart homes have gained in popularity in the last few years. Consumers are now starting to explore their options and see what these devices can do for them. We have smart home devices for every piece of the home today. Companies make everything from home security and security cameras and doorbells, to smart garage door openers, to smart home locks, smart speakers with personal assistants built-in, smart TVs, smart toilets, smart faucets, smart ovens,and fridges, etc… The list keeps going on. One major pain point that is sticking consumers is how you get all of these devices to speak to each other. That’s where the smart hub comes in.
Smart hubs serve a specific purpose. They create a communication pathway between smart home devices and let consumers control these devices through a central unified app. They also allow consumers to create rules against these devices and essentially extend their capabilities.
For instance, if you want to connect your home security camera to your living room TV, a smart hub can make that possible. A smart hub bridges the gap between devices from two manufacturers that may not have been able to speak to each other before. This means that if you’re watching a movie on Friday night and someone rings your doorbell, you won’t have to leave the couch to answer your door or speak to them. This kind of reminds me of Kevin from Home Alone but with more tech.
This kind of integration isn’t easy though. Another reason we have smart hubs is that they accept connections from all sort of radios and standards. Smart home devices can use protocols like Thread, Zigbee, Z-wave, Bluetooth, and even connect directly to WiFi to communicate. These are competing for protocols that do not function together. A smart home hub can listen and talk to devices with different radios. A good smart home solution, like Control4, can combine all of these products in a package that’s easy to use. In fact, a Control4 dealer can help recommend the best way to combine all the products in your home so you can have a truly smart home that simply works.
The smart home is becoming more complicated each year. Thank goodness companies make smart hubs so that we can make sense of it all. With devices like Amazon’s Echo and the Kohler toilet, it is becoming difficult to identify which pieces of a smart home you need an why. Something like the June oven sounds great, but will it fit into your smart home plan? It might with the right smart home hub.