Which hub rules them all??

IntecpspIntecpsp Member Posts: 3
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edited August 2019 in Devices & Security

With all the connected devices coming from all these different companies, one of the things I'm struggling with is finding the best hub to talk to them all. I'm using Smartthings right now, but it's starting to feel like I'm outgrowing it, maybe? I don't know, it just doesn't feel like the best fit now.

I asked this question on a different medium and was told to look into https://www.home-assistant.io/ and the ISY994 from Universal Devices. What are your thoughts on those or others?



  • VioletChepilVioletChepil London, UKMember Posts: 2,471
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    Ok, I'm moving this over to Devices category. https://community.fing.com/categories/devices 
    Anything to add here? @Lee_Bo @RichCreedy @Jack @dTrick @Mrbob54 @sschmal @Ajax @KayJay
    Would be great to hear some different ideas on this! And then have a kind of recommendation post for Fing users looking. 

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  • sschmalsschmal Member Posts: 6
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    I really don’t have any recommendations, I currently am using the wink 2 hub and it is working just fine for my needs, I previously had the original wink , the new wink 2 is much faster and more reliable.

  • AjaxAjax Member Posts: 30
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    I too am on Samsung Smartthings but since the cams have been well and truly broken (https://www.engadget.com/2017/01/18/hackers-break-into-samsung-smartcam-again/?) I've started using Arlo for cameras due to the Tenable write-up (https://medium.com/tenable-techblog/an-analysis-of-arlo-6f1b691236b5). I won't use IoT on my door locks, heating or anything mission critical to my home but tend to use it for security and convenience in the form of movement sensors and lamps.
  • Lee_BoLee_Bo Member Posts: 144
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    We have several Alexa devices throughout the house connected to all our smart switches and security cams.  Works great for what we use it for.
  • Mrbob54Mrbob54 Member, Beta Tester Posts: 5
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    I try to avoid smart devices that require a hub. The only type of hub that I have is for my Acurite Weather devices. I am a big fan of Wyze products. I have several of their cameras, door contactors, motion sensors, smart light bulbs and have pre-ordered some of their smart plugs which they just announced this week. They are an awesome company that is fairly new and respond to the needs of their customers. The downside for some of you is that they only ship to the US right now.

  • RichCreedyRichCreedy Member, Beta Tester Posts: 35
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    one of amazons echo device contains a smart things hub that's compatible with a few devices that require hubs in place of having a separate hub
  • GidsterGidster London, UKMember Posts: 224
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    That would be the Echo Plus @RichCreedy. I understand it's Zigbee-only and a lot of non-wifi smart home devices - especially in the US  - use an alternative wireless solution called Z-wave.
    List of Supported UK devices here (at least those you can buy on Amazon!)
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  • GidsterGidster London, UKMember Posts: 224
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    Anyone had any experience with the Almond+ - a combined router and smart home hub?
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  • parkertylerparkertyler Member, Beta Tester Posts: 8
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    We currently use a Wink hub and it's been fine. I recently bought a Smart things hub to try out but I haven't yet because you can't use two hubs at once.

  • KenDKenD Member Posts: 14
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    I don't have a preference to any particular brand. I look for one that have many options to run my Network how I want to run it. Don't really like it when they dumb the interface down too much, you lost a lot of options. Have been running the D-Link DSL-5300 for the last few months. I've turned off the SSID for the 2.5GHz, 5GHz and 5GHz_2 as I have a Orbi mesh setup throughout the house.

  • RomulusRomulus Member, Beta Tester Posts: 34
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    I use OpenHab running on a refurbished (cheap) HP compact PC atm, but I will move it to the PC that is running my Blue Iris software for my cameras soon or maybe even a Raspberry Pi. I have a ZWave stick plugged in to control a number of ZWave devices.

    Things I have hooked up are:
    • Networked AV receivers (3)
    • Garage door switch (2)
    • Garage door sensors (2)
    • Power meter on the main breaker box
    • Motion sensor (1)
    • Bathroom fan control (1)
    • Power switches (6)
    • Window sensor (1) - It's not used on a window
    • Flood sensor (3)
    • Multi Sensor (1)
    • General purpose remotes (2)
    • Siren (1)
    Control of most things via Amazon Alexa.

    I certainly didn't set out to control everything, just certain things that I wanted to do. using OpenHab hasn't necessarily need the easiest way to do things, but there is a pretty good chance that if it can be controlled or monitored that someone has figured out how to do it with OpenHab.

  • RadioTechnimanRadioTechniman Member Posts: 2
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    I went with Homey (https://www.athom.com/en/) it works with Alexa and Google Home has support for zwave and zigbee 
    it works pretty well though i do have a couple raspberries running for specialist functions e.g. node red and motioneye (to serve the rtsp as mjpeg to homey) 

  • RadiocookeRadiocooke Member Posts: 6
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    It really depends on what devices you have / want. All the hubs have good and bad attributes. Try and pick one that is the most compatible with the devices you have and or plan to add to your home. With that said, it's been a while since Wink has had any major updates. Samsung recently announced they are planning to expand compatibility and add their own plugs to the lineup. Google and Amazon are (obviously) always adding more stuff, so of those I'd say Wink would be the least likely to survive long term. If you have the knowledge to go through the setup, HomeAssistant and OpenHab are also good options.
  • MirekmalMirekmal Member, Beta Tester Posts: 66
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    Personally I use Home Assistant and would strongly vote in its favour!
    You should not think of it as a hub, but it is rather super-hub thet allows you to integrate several other solutions into seemlesly working system. In the past I started with several 'smart' devices, that allowed to solve my immediate needs... Netatmo wetaher station to get weather conditions on my phone/pc, Logiteh Harmony Hub to control not integrated set of multimedia devices etc. And then I found home assistant (hassio, to be specific - dedicated, tailored to run on Raspberry Pi flawor) and suddenly all of my smart devices started to work together! Number of integrations/custom components available for home assistant is countless... You can integrate into one seemllessy (in most cases) working system waste majority of other solutions you can think of.. Not sure about current number, but is more than 300 now!
    To be fair... it is not the easiest system to work with! WHile still in beta it requires a lot of fiddling with configuration files directly, but with every release it is changing and more an more functionality is available through UI. It also have very good and up to date documentation and great support community! What is also important, it is evolving very fast. Once a month 'major' release is available with new functionality and on the weekly basis minor releases are issued with bug fixes.
  • LeeLee Member, Beta Tester Posts: 22
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    I control most of my devices through Amazon Alexa. I've different brands of switches, outlets, cameras, and other devices, but most of them work through Amazon.
  • cjohlandtcjohlandt Member, Beta Tester Posts: 7
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    If you're ok with something that's not plug and play but is very versatile, take a look at HomeSeer.  Although the UI is a bit dated, it's a powerful engine that can tie together a wide range of home automation protocols.  It's greatest strength is the diversity of plug-ins that have been developed by the community.  I haven't found anything I can't tie into HomeSeer, literally from A (Alexa) to Z (Z-Wave and Zigbee).
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