In this Smart Home Hub Buying Guide we look at the option and what to look for when making your purchases.
A Smart Home Hub is the heart of any Smart Home and is required to fully connect your devices to the App and the outside world.
Smart Power Hubs connect to your WiFi router, usually by a network cable, and then connect via wireless to your Smart Devices, such as Smart Power Sockets and Smart Lights.
Our Smart Home Hub product range is constantly being updated and reviewed, so take a look at the most up to date Smart Home Hub devices below.
All devices list here at booBeam have our Real Life Ratings. These are a set of ratings we measure each device against to give you a real life feel for the device. Is it worth the money? How easy are they to install? And most importantly, how easy are they to use in real life scenarios?
Did you know you can turn almost any piece of electronics into a smart device? Listed above are the best smart home hub devices you need to start turning your home into a Smart home.
Think of your Smart Home Hub as the connection of all your devices to the outside world, which gives you the function to control your devices from anywhere in the world.
Most Smart Device require a Smart Home Hub to talk to each other, and more importantly to your Smart Phone App. Hive, LightwaveRF and Philips Hue all make Smart Home Hubs and you need to buy the correct hub for your smart devices. A LightwaveRF Smart Socket requires a LightwaveRF hub and so on.
As with any new technology, there are multiple manufactures fighting for your business.
Most mainstream manufactures offer the same options within their devices. Our advice is decide on a manufacture and stick with them – this will save you money in the long run.
For Smart Power Sockets, booBeam highly recommends the LightwaveRF range for their flexibility and options.
We also suggest you stay clear of the cheaper China import devices you will find on Amazon. These are not tested to local regulations, and do not offer the same support you will receive from one of the mainstream manufactures. Also, the Smart Phone Apps from the China import devices will not be updated as regularly.
Listed below are the devices we have used, reviewed and tested. Please click on a device for further information and to see our booBeam Real Life Rating.