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Automating your home with different systems enables you to manage it when you are away. With such systems, the lights will go on and off automatically. The doors will also be locked and unlocked without your involvement. With a smart home hub, all these systems get merged into one.
This prevents any instances of confusion in managing the systems. You therefore don’t need different apps for every system. For a home hub to work effectively, there are some considerations that you must first take before parting with your money. Below are tips that can guide you when shopping for smart home hubs.
1. Go for Devices that Use Similar Protocols
Protocol refers to the language that is used by smart devices to communicate with hubs. Since hubs are manufactured by different companies, they don’t use the same protocols. Some of the most common protocols include WiFi, Bluetooth, Z-wave and Zigbee. If your smart devices use Bluetooth and you buy a hub that uses WiFi or Z-wave, the systems will not be compatible.
It’s like speaking French to an American native. To avoid this barrier of protocols, it’s advisable you buy a hub that uses protocols that are supported by your devices. If your lighting, thermostat and locking systems use Bluetooth, you should settle for a hub that can be synchronized with the same protocol. The good thing is that there are hubs that are supported by all protocols.
2. Consider the App
An app is a very important feature of a smart home hub. Without it, you can’t manage your systems from a remote location. Whether the app is available for free or has to be bought online, you just have to get it. In fact, you should put it to the test before buying the hub. There are hub apps that run on Android devices but are not supported on smartphones that use iOS or Windows operating system. In such a case, you would have to buy a separate phone for you to be able to use the app. However, you can spare yourself from this inconvenience by buying a hub that has an app that is supported by either Android, Windows or iOS devices.
3. Easy to Install and Configure
When looking to buy a smart home hub, simplicity is your best friend. You should avoid buying hubs that are not easy to install and configure. This is due to the fact that such complicated hubs can only be fixed by a professional. On the other hand, a technician will have to be paid to do the job. Besides that, a hub that’s not easy to set will require more time to be configured.
4. Go through Hub Reviews
If you don’t know where to start when shopping for a smart hub, you should consider checking online reviews for insights. This is because you will be able to know what customers are already saying about various hubs. If a hub has many negative reviews, you should avoid buying it. Most homeowners prefer hubs that feature batteries that last for many days without recharging.