Hive are heavyweights in the Smart Home arena. But how does their hub weigh up?

The Hive Smart Home Hub is the brains and heart of your Hive Smart Home setup and an essential bit of kit if you want to control multiple Hive Smart devices in your home.  Lets take a look and find out how it stacks up.

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Our Real Life Ratings are based on the team here at booBeam.com actually installing, using and customising the Smart Home Technology we offer.  They are based on our experience, understanding of the market and our desire for straight forward, easy to use Smart Home Technology.

Value for Money (compared to similar devices) 80%
Ease of Install 92%
Ease of Use 91%
Overall 89%

Our Thoughts

Not only just heating, Hive are now in the Smart Home security, power and lighting game.  With that comes the responsibility to design a sturdy hub which can control multiple devices with enough capacity to cope.

This was one area that Hive struggled with in the early days, with many of our visitors asking advice on how they can expand the range of their hubs, however, we are pleased to report with this new Hive Hub, those early issues have gone away.

The Hive Hub is a little on the ugly side (don’t tell it we said that) but that doesn’t really matter as 9 times out of 10 the hub will be installed out of the way in a cupboard next to your home broadband router.

However, Hive are slightly lagging behind in the smart device arena, with the exception of offering their exceptional thermostat, they have been left behind on security and lighting devices.  For example, Nest (now owned by Google) have a range of security devices which are market leading.

Hive do offer their cameras and lighting, but they do feel somewhat missing the pizzazz that Hive competitors offer.

If you are purely looking at Hive for a smart central heating option, then we 100% recommend it.

Once connected to your router, and once you have your Hive Smart devices plugged in, the Hive App (available on all smart devices) will search for and synchronise the devices into the app meaning setup is a breeze.  You will soon be controlling your heating, lighting and power, all while watching your camera stream directly on your mobile phone.

Product Specs

What’s in the box:

Power Supply
Hive Hub

Network Cable
User Guide

 

System Requirements:

Internet Access
Router with spare network port

How Easy is it to install?

Simply connect to you home router, add the power and away you go.  Once connected, install the Hive App and sync your Hive devices.  Lights, Cameras and Heat.! Full instructions are included within the pack.

How much is the Hive Smart Home Hub?

Prices for the Hive Smart Home Hub are now starting to drop as the market opens up to competition, which is a great thing for us consumers.   Click the button below to check the latest prices.

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