Hubitat Elevation Review: Local Power and Control

Whether it’s a door lock, thermostat, or lights, the most frustrating aspect of setting up a smart home is the multitude of protocols, software, and radio frequencies that are used to make everything work. The latest model (C7) of Hubitat Elevation’s smart home hub may untangle that babel ball, but beginners should be prepared for a steep learning curve.

Small and black with the company logo printed in green, the Hubitat Elevation is easy to hide. Perforations on the bottom of its cabinet eliminate the need for a fan to cool the system.

This review is part of TechHive’s coverage of the best smart home systems, where you will find reviews of competing offerings, as well as a buyer’s guide on the features to consider when purchasing this type of product.

Powered by an included USB power adapter, the Hubitat Elevation has an Ethernet connection to plug into a home router and a single LED up front. When the light changes from blue to green, it is connected and ready to be configured. The Hubitat Elevation lacks a built-in Wi-Fi adapter which would make it more convenient for users whose routers are in an inconvenient location, such as a closet or basement. There is also no battery backup and the hub cannot operate on Power over Ethernet (PoE).

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The Hubitat Elevation relies on a wired connection to your router, which may not be set up in a central location in your home.

Inside the Hubitat Elevation

Powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core ARM A53 processor running Linux software, the Hubitat Elevation has 1GB of RAM and a generous 8GB of flash storage space to store your firmware, along with configuration and commands. a smart home. Not only does it allow connections to a wide variety of devices, it stores all settings and commands locally. Unlike some competing hubs, including the aforementioned Aeotec product, which has a slower processor and less storage, the Elevation can continue to control your smart home during an internet outage so that it, and your smart home, can survive. to an internet outage.

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Hubitat Elevation can control most smart home devices based on Z-Wave or Zigbee technology, but it is also compatible with Lowes Iris and Lutron Caséta devices.

Hubitat Elevation works with most of the major smart home platforms, from Zigbee and Z-Wave to just about any Wi-Fi device that can be operated by Alexa or Google Home Assistant voice control. The hub can also control Lutron Caséta devices, as long as you also have Lutron Caséta Smart Bridge Pro on your network. It is also compatible with products from the discontinued Lowes Iris smart home family. Follow this link to see a complete list of smart home devices compatible with Hubitat.

On the downside, Hubitat Elevation cannot control Bluetooth devices, nor can it be integrated into the Apple Home Kit ecosystem. It is also subject to the 32 battery device limit imposed by Zigbee. You can get around that limitation by using an AC powered Zigbee repeater or AC powered Zigbee device.

While it works quite well without a subscription, Hubitat offers two premium service plans – a $ 3 per month plan allows remote management and rule writing from anywhere you have an internet connection. Hubitat will back up your automation routines and settings online for $ 30 a year, or you can get both plans for $ 55 a year.

Mounting the Hubitat Elevation C7

After connecting the Hubitat Elevation C7, I downloaded the Hubitat Mobile app on my Samsung Galaxy S20 phone. Once installed, I hit “New Hub Owner” on the app’s home page to start the setup process.

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