Hubitat Elevation Review: This smart home hub keeps everything local, a noble goal but ultimately impractical


The Hubitat Elevation smart hub was born with noble intentions and the promise of total privacy, because it does not depend on any cloud-based service. As the company asks, why put the security and comfort of your smart home in the hands of an unreliable internet or a company that could shut down at any time?

Click here to see our most recent Hubitat Elevation review, in which we evaluated the C7.

In stark contrast to the rest of the industry, Hubitat says its smart home solution is “100% local.” While you need to create an online account with the company to use it, once you do, all your devices will connect directly to the Hubitat, all processing is done locally on your home network, and all management is done through one interface. web-based. served from the Elevación Hubitat directly, not from an online service.

If you are concerned about hackers taking control of your smart home from afar, Hubitat has a security selling point in the sense that all your information is stored locally as well. While your data is only as secure as your login credentials, at least you are not at risk of a large-scale attack against a cloud-based service.

Hubitat is the ultimate in foil hat compatible DIY home automation.

Update: March 27, 2019: With the imminent demise of the Iris by Lowe’s smart home platform, Iris users looking for an alternative may want to know that Hubitat has announced that its Hubitat Elevation smart home hub is now compatible with most Iris smart home devices. by Lowe’s (and all your Zigbee devices). including first generation patented products so far). You can read more about Hubitat’s migration route here, and Hubitat maintains a complete list of all supported devices here.

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Hubitat’s hardware is a small device that connects to your router via Ethernet.

It’s an interesting concept, but does any of this really matter? Does Hubitat’s localized technology offer other real benefits besides better uptime? Today’s leading voice centers and assistants have varying degrees of capacity when the Internet is down. SmartThings, for example, has a hybrid design that allows some automations to be completed (but not manual on-demand control), while Alexa and the Google Assistant are totally powerless when their host devices cannot access the internet.

With Hubitat, internet outages are largely irrelevant. Aside from the initial login (for which you can use a social media account), the only thing Hubitat uses your router for is to obtain a local IP address. Again, neither he nor his PC need broadband access for the duo to communicate, or to control local smart home devices.


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