Your automated home is comprised of many different parts that all have to work together or the whole thing doesn’t work.
The way to accomplish this is to install a smart hub.
The smart hub’s job is to integrate all the elements of your home and allow them to communicate with each other.
If you have a fridge that uses Bluetooth and a doorbell that uses the Zigbee platform, and you want them both to communicate and coordinate with your WIFI security cameras, that’s where your smart hub comes in.
What Smart Hubs Can Do:
A smart hubs acts as the brain of the home.
It translates different electronic languages to allow the different components of your home to work together.
You could program your smart hub so that when your smart phone gets to the driveway your garage door opens,
your house door unlocks, your TV comes on to a preset channel, and your furnace starts to warm the house up.
You could go even further, and have your washing machine just finishing a load, your oven pre-heating for dinner,
and your fridge looking for a good recipe for whatever needs to be used up that day.
The hub is what you would communicate with to access and control your home remotely.
Downsides to Smart Hub:
Loss of privacy is the most commonly cited reason for not wanting a smart hub.
Many people feel that there is little enough privacy in this world we live in
and giving up the privacy of your home is just too much.
There have been instances where hackers have managed to access home security cameras,
baby monitors, and other smart home devices.
This has resulted in feelings of violation for the affected individuals, as well as a great distrust for the security aspect of smart home technology.
It is extremely important to change the password on your smart hub on a regular basis.