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Hubitat (Smart Home Automation Hub) $181.99 (9% off) Delivered @ Smart Guys

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Hey Ozbargainers,

We have new deal for those smart home enthusiasts out there. The deal finishes on Sunday at midnight unless we sell out earlier. We have more than 20 in stock in Australia.

Introducing The New Hubitat Elevation®

Hubitat is changing how people live with smart devices by enabling them to Elevate Their Environment.

By combining the advantages of local automation processing with cloud IoT connectivity, Hubitat's innovative Hubitat Elevation hub ensures personal data privacy and is more reliable and responsive than competitive cloud-based solutions. Hubitat Elevation is compatible with popular home automation devices, comes with a variety of built-in apps, and has an active

COMPATIBLE WITH:

Alexa, Google Home, Zigbee, Z-Wave, LAN, and many more popular home automation devices.

It comes with a variety of built-in apps, and has an active user community to share ideas, insights, and solutions.

Happy Bargaining,

Smart Guys Team

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Comments

  • +2 votes

    I had a quick look at your page, still unsure what it actually offers? Details and more information was a bit light.

    I'm a home automation enthusiast, so would probably be your target market.

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      I'm equally as confused. And doesn't look to be HomeKit compatible (or is it doing what HomeKit does?)

    • -2 votes

      Doesn't take much to find some information on it.

    • +6 votes

      A home automation enthusiast that doesn't know what a hub offers? Interesting

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        But not at all what MorriJ said.

        I had a quick look at your page, still unsure what it actually offers? Details and more information was a bit light.

        I'm a home automation enthusiast, so would probably be your target market.

        I've seen a bunch of hubs in the last 10 years. I opened the actual hubitat website and saw nothing to make me want to do the work to find any actual solid information or reason to shift away from the stuff I know and use.

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      Also enthusiast, also have no idea.

      • +1 vote

        By definition, an enthusiast has an idea, or can at least fill the gaps when information is lacking.

        This little hub is a small black box, smaller than a drink coaster. You plug it in to your home WIFI router. Open your web browser, go to the hub's admin page on your local network. From there you can do lots of things related to home automation.

        The core feature is probably the rules engine, where you make little "recipes" to make things happen in response to other things happening such as sensor triggers, or other conditions such as time of day. Or whatever your enthusiast imagination can think of.

        Some people use them for security purposes. You could configure rules to know when your house is unoccupied, and do things in response such as turn on lights. Other people do casual stuff like play a sound when you walk in the door, or have a button on your fridge that turns the radio on to a certain volume and station. Or endless other things that range from simple to advanced rules comprising many different conditions all chained together.

        You can set global variables and use them in rules. For example, the variable "night-time" might be set to 5:30pm in winter, and used in a bunch of rules that turn lights on if the time is later than "night-time". In summer, you can change the time in one place to update all your rules that use that global variable.

        This thing lives and works on your local network. It doesn't send anything back to Google HQ or other tech giants who have you by your nads. You don't need to ask Apple permission or establish a handshake with servers across the world, just to turn on your own lights. This thing is for people who don't want to invite the devil into their home, but would rather manage their own home automation without Uncle Google positioning itself in every aspect of your life. Good luck!

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          I've been caught "filling in the gaps" with my own expectations of what a product should do before when information is lacking.

          The point is that the website selling this product has less information than your post. This particular hub exceeds my expectations of what a hub is and it would be worthwhile mentioning these capabilities.

          If you click under "more information" it is totally blank. Not even a link to the official product website.

    • +1 vote

      https://docs.hubitat.com/index.php?title=List_of_Compatible_...

      Hadn't heard of it so did a bit of looking myself. Primarily a Z-Wave/Zigbee gateway with some extras over LAN. Has an API for integration with whatever you want (Home Assistant) as well.

      I'd consider buying it with a bit more research, the radios + API bridging mean it would definitely find a use in my setup regardless of the quality of it's inbuilt automation features.

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    Pity it doesn't support Homekit.

    Also they have no (announced) plans to support Thread.

    I'd like to get it so I can automate stuff, but it would be nice if it integrated directly with the rest of my homekit stuff.

    The only way to get it to talk to HK is via HomeBridge (running on another computer such as a raspberry pi), but I don't particularly want that hassle. Hubitat promote it as a low/no hassle option…

    Edit: to answer a couple of questions this allows for complete -at- home automation of services in your house (turn lights on at times, respond to sensors etc).

    It has no need to talk to cloud services (yay!) so the device should continue to work even if the company disappeared.

    • +3 votes

      Home assistant with homekit integration may be what you are chasing

      • +1 vote

        Yep stick Home Assistant on an Rasberry Pi4 and buy a Zwave/Zigbee stick and you've got an equivalent/better solution for a similar price.

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          Yes probably but learning curve for Home Assistant is probably much harder.
          I'm on the fence of whether to go down the path of Home Assistant plus ZigBee dongle on Pi or get something simpler like Hubitat or Homeseer. Smartthings is easy but not too flexible and not local

          • +1 vote

            @julz: Julz, latest version can auto discover alot of popular platforms, the learning curve isnt as steep as it use to be. No more fiddling around with scripting unless you want to get into more advance and complex automation,

            can play around with one in virtual box VM before commit

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              @huu: Yeah I think I tried it out last time and it did auto find some stuff. If Samsung go down the subscription path model I'll definitely change. Don't really have the time to get back into Pi stuff for a while.

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          Yep HomeAssistant is the way to go, abit of a learning curve but once set up it can integrate almost anything. Alexa, Siri and Google can all runoff the same hub

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            @huu: "A bit"!? I've just moved from SmartThings to HA, and this is going to suck a lot of my life over the coming months.
            However, it did auto-discover quite a lot, including Hue and Homekit.

            I'm very surprised if Hubitat does not work with Homekit.

        • +1 vote

          One thing I can't get working on HA and stopped trying was Google assistant integration. Wasn't keen on paying the $5 monthly subscription to have that feature.

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            @mrderrickc: I'm in the very early stages of automation and noted that you had to pay for Google Assistant integration which put me off Home Assistant. Is there away around it?

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            @mrderrickc: Depends on how much time you have and how badly you want it. going down the free path in summary you need HomeBridge.. in homebridge there is a plug-in for google goes like this

            Main HA —- secondary HA (ver 0.1.00.3) — HomeBriddge —- google

            since there are no plugins for google straight to HA

            the secondary HA and homebridge can sit in a virtual box in your HTPC

            I use alexa exclusively now, but i dable with google in the past, the plugins works similar fashion

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              @huu: I tried the manual instructions last year, however they were out of date compared to what I saw in the setup of the google projects side.

              Would need to dedicate an evening to try it again.

              Will look at HomeBridge also.

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    I just implemented a screen time chore tracker for the kid on my home assistant. Also made my non Google home compatible robot vac able to take voice commands via Google.

    .. And it also does ZB, etc all. Win

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    • +1 vote

      Do it yourself, it's dead simple to install.

      You can pickup up a Pi4 with a case with delivery for $90.

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        I picked up a celeron NUC pretty cheaply a while ago for $120 but already had ssd and ram, got sick of burning through SD cards, but you can very easily just use SSD on pi now. Those ex gov SFF pcs like the 9020s used to be good value for running a few services besides HASS as well.

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        Yeah true. If I try it out again I'll need to go down the SSD route. Dead Sdcard killed my setup last time on Pi. I'm avoiding PC because of energy costs.

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        Hubitat seems like ok value if you compare with the cost of a Pi solution.

        Pi 4 with 2gb ram, pi case, Sdcard, power supply and Conbee II for ZigBee support would cost around $170-180 already.

    • +1 vote

      Hey Julz,

      Thanks for the feedback.

      We have just knocked off 20%.

      If buying with a conbee we will also chuck in a sonoff door window sensor.

      Regards,

      Smart Guys