Smart hub for home automation is like a brain for human being. It can control various devices which make your home smart like security camera, thermostat, lights and list goes on (assuming Smart hub is compatible with smart devices you have). Smart hub can also take inputs from these smart devices and take actions based on rules specified. For example when your outdoor camera observes someone at door you may want to get a message or lights to turn on.
One should keep in mind that there are hundreds of smart home devices available in market and no single hub can provide compatibility with each one of them. So before purchasing a smart hub make sure it is compatible with smart home devices you have or you are planning to purchase.
What can a Smart Hub do for me?
Connect multiple devices:
Smart hub helps multiple smart devices talk to each other. For example when you are near home you may want thermostat to change temperature, lights to be turned on and music to start playing.
Reduce number of apps/connection:
If you don’t have a smart hub then you will have to control each device with it’s own individual app. With smart hub you can connect all your compatible smart devices at once reducing clutter and confusion.
Provide good user experience:
Most of the smart hubs have intuitive and friendly user interface. If you are using Alexa or homekit as your hub then you can use voice commands to control smart devices.
Some of the best smart hubs available in market are mentioned below
#1 Samsung Smart Things Hub
Samsung SmartThings Hub, 2nd Generation connects wirelessly with hundreds of compatible smart devices, allowing you to monitor, control, and secure your home from anywhere.
#2 Amazon’s Alexa
Once you connect your smart devices with Alexa you can use voice based command to control them. It add comfort as well as improves user experience. You can buy an inexpensive Amazon echo dot to get started.
#3 Apple Homekit
Anyone who is an Apple device fan (iphone/ipad) can use apple homekit available in their device as a smart hub. You can use Siri for voice based commands .
#4 Wink Hub 2
Wink Hub 2 is easy to connect and this version also support Bluetooth along with other protocols (like zigbee,z-wave) it was already supporting.