Home Hubs

Home Assistant (Hassio)

Home-Assistant
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Home Assistant is an open-source home automation system (home hub) run by the community. It is easy to install & operate on a Raspberry PI or other local server. It has a broad variety of connected gadgets, services, sensors, cameras, and smart car services.

With Amazon Alexa, google assistant and open Source voice assistant Mycroft.io, the home assistants have a robust and smooth integration.

There are over 1400 programs and technologies provided by the Home Assistant. They are categorized under hundreds of different categories: VoiceUI, Alarm, Automation, Car, Energy, Sensors, Health, Image processing, Multimedia, and Media players.

  • Features
  1. Quick & Easy to install
  2. User-friendly mobile interface
  3. No cloud data needed to be stored
  4. OpenSource Home Hub, FREE of cost.
  5. Easy integration with various appliances and services
  • Pros
  1. Easy to setup
  2. Has a big community
  3. Its opensource
  • Cons
  1. Some slowness/issue using the front end UI on different OS
  2. Difficult UI
  3. Security could be an issue
  • Specifications
  1. Storage – 32GB
  2. Memory – 1GB
  3. Network – 100 MB/sec
  4. Power – Atleast 2.5A
  5. Price – $ 5

OpenHab

Openhab

Open Home Automation Bus (OpenHAB) is an open-source, hardware-agnostic home automation platform that runs as the core of your smart home. It has the potential to incorporate a variety of other devices and systems. OpenHAB provides a single solution to other home automation systems, (smart) gadgets and other technology.

OpenHAB is the programming software. The device is just going to do what you’re asking it to do. OpenHAB will have a variety of default implementations that are easy to set up. In the other hand, the more you demand that everything looks and works exactly as you like, the more effort you’re going to have to do. OpenHAB is completely adjustable, but this will take significant effort on your part.

Giving you the most versatile platform possible to make virtually every home automation dream come true; if you can conceive of it the chances are that you can implement it with openHAB.

  • Features
  1. Seller and agnostic technology
  2. Designed in java
  3. Executes on every JVM-capable system
  4. Integration of various household automation technologies
  5. Comes with numerous web-based interfaces
  • Pros
  1. Its opensource, powered by Java.
  2. Hardware Independent
  3. User friendly project components
  • Cons
  1. Can integrate with a limited devices.
  2. Setup process is bit complicated
  3. Complex User Interface
  • Specifications
  1. Dimensions – 4.9 x 4.2 x 1.3 inches
  2. Weight – 0.50 lbs
  3. Price – $ 241.5

WebThings

WebThings

Mozilla’s WebThings Gateway is a smart home gateway technology delivery that allows users to directly track and manage their smart home over the web without a middleman. The gateway helps you to access and manage your home directly over the internet.

Unlike several smart home hubs and IoT systems linked to the industry, the data is not saved or analysed in the cloud. It’s going to sit in your house at the gateway. The gateway will also bypass the need for you to buy an IoT hub for each brand because instead of installing a new app for each brand, you can handle it from one location to another using any web browser.

WebThings came out of the box. It provides a user interface, reporting, rules, and an easy-to-understand API. Likewise, the actual framework allows building on several popular devices and can be written in Node, Python, Java, Rust, Micropython, and used as an Arduino library.

  • Features
  1. Easy easy-to-use GUI.
  2. Drag-and-drop rule method.
  3. Emphasis on privacy-data will remain on your device.
  4. View the data in the graph type. Data can be kept for up to a week.
  5. Supports speech control and supports local instances to improve anonymity.
  • Pros
  1. New and efficient alarm system
  2. Excellent networking features
  3. WebThings gateway is quite helpful for managing home.
  • Cons
  1. Complex setup process
  2. Small Community
  3. WebThings is a framework hence, difficult to setup.
  • Specifications
  1. Platform – Mozilla
  2. Price – Opensource (FREE to use)
  3. Languages – Java, Python, Node.js and Rust

Apple Home Hub

Apple home hub

Apple Home Hub is Apple’s smart home system that offers a portal for users of its iOS devices to take care of their connected home. Managed exclusively from the Apple Home app, it doesn’t need you to have a central computer or a hub to run a smart home.

What you need is an iPhone, iPad or Mac, but adding a platform like Apple TV or HomePod will open up some cool features. Using the home app to search a single six-digit HomeKit code located on your compatible computer, package and manual, to connect almost all HomeKit devices. This which look something outdated compared with SmartThings from Amazon Alex and Samsung, all of which search the machine for gadgets – but at a low price to pay for great protection.

Apple monitors any gadget you instal so that all door locks, lighting and plugs function in the same manner in the app (even if they have different features in their own app).

  • Features
  1. Monitor your HomeKit accessories conveniently and safely from all your Apple devices.
  2. The Home app of Apple Home Hub groups accessories per room.
  3. Recorded video can be watched for 10 days from the Home app.
  4. HomeKit routers make your home as safe as it is smart.
  5. Control your house from around the corner.
  • Pros
  1. The control of Siri is outstanding
  2. Encrypted Communications
  3. Can use Apple TV, iPhone, iPad or HomePod as a portal
  • Cons
  1. Support for restricted devices
  2. Home app doesn’t offer complete control of all accessories.
  3. Works only for IOS devices
  • Specifications
  1. Dimensions – 6.8 x 5.6 inches
  2. Weight – 5.51 lbs
  3. Price – $ 267

Hubitat Elevation Hub

Hubitat Home Hub

The smart hub for Hubitat Elevation was built with noble intentions and the promise of absolute secrecy since no cloud provider is available. With Hubitat, internet shutdowns are essentially meaningless. Apart from the initial login (for which you can use a social media account), the only thing that Hubitat uses for your router is to get a local IP address. Again, neither it nor the PC wants broadband connectivity for the pair to communicate—or to monitor nearby smart home equipment.

Also, Hubitat will connect to other web-based computers, including Nest, Alexa, Rachio, and Life360. Hubitat also supports the IFTTT service. Again, although the Hubitat does not rely on an internet connection to operate local devices, you may require a live internet connection.

  • Features
  1. Compatible with most of Zigbee, Z-Wave, Lutron (bridge required), Alexa, and Google Home devices.
  2. Track and collect threat warnings, leaks, fire and more using the Hubitat.
  3. Safety Monitor app.
  4. Automate and monitor your smart gadgets
  5. Local processing provides fast and efficient automation.
  6. Protect your data
  • Pros
  1. Have a very strong development community
  2. Supports Alexa/Echo well
  3. Built-in support for Lutron Pro Hub including Pico Remotes
  • Cons
  1. Not a beginner’s friendly device
  2. Quite a number of bugs present
  3. Not that much good UI
  • Specifications
  1. Dimensions – 8.4 x 5.3 x 1.4 inches
  2. Weight – 0.5 lbs
  3. Price – $ 129.95

Google Home Hub

Google Home Hub

If you’re more interested in managing your mobile gadgets than watching movies or making video calls, the Google Home Hub makes a convincing argument to be the core of your smart home.

The Google Nest Hub touchscreen is intuitive and fits well in tandem with Google Assistant, whether you’re looking for advice on a recipe or reviewing what’s on your calendar. Pictures and videos are especially crisp due to an ambient light sensor that changes the brightness and temperature of the screen to fit the room. The control panel display makes it easier to arrange and control your smart home gadgets.

The Google Nest Hub may be thin, but it’s incredibly useful in a variety of ways, from organising your smart home to talking you through a complicated recipe, to finding a place to eat if your cooking attempt is low.

  • Features
  1. Enable you to access your work calendar, schedule, and reminders.
  2. Control compatible lighting, cameras, and TVs
  3. Safe your home and monitor your thermostat.
  4. Monitor other compatible smart devices, such as Google Home
  5. Customized overview
  6. Comes out with hands free speakers
  • Pros
  1. Integrates into and acts as a security camera for Nest. 
  2. Also supports Google Cast.
  3. Awesome sound quality
  • Cons
  1. Just Google Duo works with video calls
  2. Gestures can be very witty
  3. Not pocket friendly
  • Specifications
  1. Screen – 1024 x 600 7″ LCD
  2. OS – Cast platform with Google Display software
  3. CPU – AM Logic S905D2 (Four Cortex A53 cores)
  4. Networking – 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0
  5. Ports – DC power, Micro USB
  6. Size – 67.3 x 178.5 x 118 mm (2.65 x 7.02 x 4.65 in)
  7. Weight – 480g
  8. Price – $ 149