Smart Home Hub – Hubitat Review

I’ve been on a quest. A quest for the perfect smart home platform. Something that can bridge the gap between
Z-Wave, Zigbee, and WiFi smart home devices. Something that’s platform agnostic and can
work with Google, Amazon, and Apple. Something easy to use and yet highly customizable. And even more important, a system that I have
complete control over and has my privacy and data secured. Does that system exist? No. I might as well be hunting a unicorn. Is there anything that comes close? Yes … sort of. Today I’m going to be taking a look at the
Hubitat Elevation hub, which is a crazy customizable smart home hub that can bridge the gap for
a lot of different devices and services. And it comes really close to that mythical
unicorn. But before I dive in take a moment and hit
the subscribe button, so you don’t miss out on future videos like this one. I’m Matt Ferrell … welcome to Undecided. I’ve got a pretty extensive smart home setup,
which has used Smartthings as the backbone for most of it for some time now. But ever since Samsung bought Smartthings,
they’ve been slowly absorbing and integrating Smartthings into Samsung’s systems. While the platform has been pretty reliable,
it was the nudge I needed to make sure my smart home is as platform agnostic as I can
make it. If you’ve watched my other smart home videos,
you know my first rule is to buy gear that’s as cross platform as you can get. The benefit is that if you aren’t happy
with one service you can switch to another fairly easily. Kind of like my jump from Amazon Alexa to
Google Assistant for voice commands. And now, jumping from Smartthings to something
else. And before anyone jumps into the comments
and shouts, “just use Home Assistant!” I know. I have. It ticks most of the boxes I’m looking for. It supports almost all of the major services
and voice assistants. It’s self-hosted with privacy and data under
your own control. It’s open source, so it’s free … and
has a vibrant community making constant improvements. But … it’s got a ways to go with usability
and stability. In the 6 months I’ve been trying Home Assistant
out on multiple platforms, it’s crashed numerous times; had odd bugs; and while I
didn’t have trouble getting things up and running, it’s got a steep learning curve
that prevents me from recommending it to the average Joe. That’s where Hubitat enters the picture. I reached out to Hubitat a few months ago
and they were kind enough to send me a hub and a couple of devices for testing, and for
the past 6 weeks I’ve been kicking the tires. What do I think? The short answer: I think I found my Smartthings
replacement. The long answer: it’s great … but I’m
not sure it’s for everyone. The biggest selling points for Hubitat:
Self-hosted and local automation processing. No reliance on cloud services to make things
work … unless you want to integrate them. This makes it super fast and secure. Affordable. It only costs $79.95 for the U.S. version
and no subscription fees. Works with August, Ecobee, GE, Ikea, IFTTT,
Lutron, Iris, Philips Hue, Smartthings, Sonos, and a lot more. And finally, extensive customization options. The biggest downside:
The extensive customization options. It’s literally a blank slate when you plug
it in for the first time. And if you aren’t familiar with setting
up a smart home, it could be daunting. I know the idea of a hub really turns some
people off, but not me. Especially for something like this, which
is incredibly small and low power. In fact, it’s small enough to tuck into
a closet and stash it out of view. The initial setup process requires you to
register your hub and visit a web portal to complete the setup process. It’s a pretty simple procedure with naming
your hub, entering your location, and ending up on the main dashboard. It even helps nudge you in the right direction
by adding your first devices to the system. But this is where most smart home systems,
just like Home Assistant, really struggle. With the wide variety of supported devices
and different technologies like WiFi, Zigbee, and Z-Wave, it puts the pressure on the novice
to understand what technology their device is using to understand how to proceed with
the setup process. From my experience, the instructions for individual
devices, like smart outlets, are all over the map. It’s like the wild west when stepping out
into the untamed smart home frontier. If you do have a good device with decent instructions,
the process can be pretty straight forward. Like adding the Zigbee smart outlet Hubitat
provided me, which starts with putting the hub into Zigbee pairing mode. Then plugging in the smart outlet and waiting
for Hubitat to find it. Once it does you click on the device to finish
the pairing and name it. This is where things get … interesting. The Habitat’s first time user experience
gave some brief explanations about needing to setup “Apps” to make things work and
give your hub the controls you want and need. This is where the blank slate issue starts
to show up. There is absolutely nothing preinstalled,
so you can’t automate devices in any way yet. Now, if you’re not familiar with your typical
smart home systems and terminology, you’ll probably feel a bit lost here. You need to install a handful of apps just
to give the system a baseline of smart home functionality, like the Mode Manager, Rule
Machine, and Dashboard manager. These really should be installed by default
or included as part of an extended first time user setup experience. You need the Mode Manager in order to set
up things like “I’m home” or “I’m away” modes for your house. Rule machine is necessary in order to do things
like automatically turn lights off when you leave or turned on when you return home. You can then have a Rule Machine rule for
turning off every light in the house and dropping the temperature when the house is in “I’m
Away” mode. See where I’m going with that? The two apps kind of go hand in hand and are
essential for setting up smart home automations. The next essential thing you have to setup
is the Dashboard manager. And yes, it’s another thing that’s essential
and not really an option. Without Dashboards, turning things on and
off with your phone or computer is pretty difficult. I ended up creating Dashboards for each room
in my house, as well as a high level “Home” dashboard. Dashboards surface a series of buttons, switches,
and indicators for your selected devices that let you know what’s on or off at a glance. With a single tap you can turn on a light
or activate a scene, which is a setting for a group of lights and devices. And that leads me to the mobile app. If you install the Hubitat app on your phone,
you can use your phone as a presence sensor to let the hub know when you’re home or
away. Since the hub is built to not rely on cloud
services and be completely local and secure, you can’t access your system when away from
home out of the box. That is, unless you set up dashboards and
link them to the Hubitat cloud. With your Dashboards syncing and accessible
with remote access, you’ll see those shared Dashboards in the mobile app. Without those Dashboards, you’ll have zero
control of your smart home away from home. Another reason why the Dashboard manager should
be pre-installed and a key part of the first time user setup experience. I didn’t have any major roadblocks when
adding dozens of devices, setting up modes, and automation routines. Also, no problem linking Hubitat up to a handful
of cloud services like Google Home for voice assistant support and IFTTT. But to be fair, I’m pretty well-versed in
smart home setups and knew what to look for as I was setting up the system. A novice would have a bit of a learning curve
getting this going. Here’s where I think Hubitat starts to shine. I was able to replicate the majority of core
modes and automation routines that I’ve been using on Smartthings for years. It means that from a day-to-day perspective,
you wouldn’t know that I changed anything at all. The speed of the local automations is blazingly
fast. I have Z-Wave light switches, Lutron light
switches, and Philips Hue lights sprinkled around my house. With a Lutron Pro Bridge, Hubitat is able
to issue commands locally to my Lutron lights just like it can for my Philips Hue and Z-Wave
switches. The lights all turn on and off instantly. There’s no noticeable delay at all, which
is one of the major strengths of having a local automation powered system that doesn’t
have to issue commands over the internet. Both my wife’s iPhone and mine have worked
reliably as presence sensors for the Hubitat system, which automatically triggers home
mode changes and a cascade of automations for changing our Ecobee temperature, turning
lights on and off, and activating security cameras. Like I mentioned before, I’ve been able
to seamlessly flip over a sizable portion of our Smartthings devices and routines to
Hubitat. I’m still slowly porting things over or
figuring out a few workarounds for things that don’t cleanly port over, but it’s
been rock solid. No system crashes. No outages. Hubitat software updates have been applied
without any hiccups or issues. Again, rock solid. In most cases, you shouldn’t have to use
your phone much to use your smart home setup. Once modes and routines are setup, the system
should take care of itself the vast majority of the time. One-off controls can be handled through smart
switches, buttons, or voice commands, but the Hubitat dashboard controls in the mobile
app work fairly well. It’s not a pretty interface, but it’s
functional and gets the job done. The quirks are that it’s not responsively
designed, which means the buttons and interface elements don’t scale to fit the size of
the screen. On your phone you’ll have to scroll side
to side to see all of your buttons. On desktop, you may have a lot of dead space. I’ve spent years designing and developing
user interfaces that display well on any size screen, so I’m not sure why the Hubitat
system was built out this way. Hopefully it’s something they can address
easily in an update and it doesn’t take a lot of refactoring to pull off. I love systems like this because they can
act as the backbone and glue for your smart home. I can have Lutron lights working as part of
the same scene as Philips Hue and Osram lights. I can have both Amazon and Google voice assistants
linked into the system at the same time if I wanted. If I run Homebridge, I can even link everything
into Apple’s Home app, which is something I’ve been working on recently. Hubitat reminds me of the Smartthings platform
and community before Samsung bought it. There are a lot of people in the community
that are porting Smartthings apps to the Hubitat platform, or writing their own apps and sharing
with everyone. It’s an extremely reliable system that’s
fast and secure. The data-privacy-first user experience design
creates some challenges you have to work around, like not being able to interact with every
element of your smart home away from home. You won’t be able to change things like
system settings or rule machine setups through the app, but you can activate any modes, routines,
and devices that you’ve shared within a Dashboard. And the blank slate setup experience can be
daunting, but once you have the dashboards set up and accessible through the mobile apps,
you should be good to go there too. It’s tightly locked down for privacy by
default, but you can open it up in limited ways to get the best of the local and cloud
services worlds. So who is this system for? People who want a reliable and data-privacy-first
smart home solution. I think it’s a great option for the technically
inclined or people that have some familiarity with smart home systems, like myself. I would not recommend it for a smart home
newbie, but then again, if you’re a newbie you should be starting small and simple. Buy gear that’s as widely supported as possible
and add in the Hubitat later when you want more controls and integrations than simpler
solutions can offer you. Hubitat would be like jumping into the deep
end of the pool, but for those of us already swimming around, it’s definitely worth a
look and consideration. And for folks just getting started with smart
homes, stay tuned because I have a smart home 101 series of videos coming that should help. Anyone else used Hubitat? Jump into the comments and let me know what
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100 thoughts on “Smart Home Hub – Hubitat Review

  1. Sadly, I'm still looking for a system that supports niche devices like broadlink and Insteon. It seems as though Hubitat is great for mainstream devices only.

  2. Yes that hub exists and it's called home assistant !!! Unfortunately it's not for everyone however it works with all the IOT's

  3. Glad I still don’t have enough smart things to need anything more than the limited HomeKit capabilities with IFTTT/shortcuts. Can’t wait for the 101 series as I’m sure I’ll learn some new things even if I am not entirely new to smart home devices. Btw which outdoor cameras are you using? Looking for something 4K that will work with HomeKit Secure Video and no nasty subscription fees.

  4. Matt, if you don't assign values for the height and width of tiles in a dashboard, then the dashboard is elastic. I have working elastic dashboards for an iPhone, a Lenovo Chromebook, and an Amazon 8 Tablet. The screen is full at all times with no horizontal scrolling. The drawback is that if I access the Dashboard designed for the Chromebook on the iPhone, the tiles are so small that it is easy to aim for the garage door and turn on a living room light.

  5. Can you list what things from SmartThings you had to find a workaround for, or that Hubitat wouldn't do? I'm curious about those items, I've been using ST for about 6 years now, and the upgrade from v1 to v2 was a huge pain with so many devices, does Hubitat easily upgrade? What features from ST do you miss or which hubitat did better?

  6. Subscribed. I wanna see that 101 series, dude. You have a very clear and concise way of explaining things.

  7. Matt, if you run a home server and VPN into it from your phone, can you control things away from home then? Might be a workaround, although yeah, not basic user friendly.

  8. Great video! Hope you keep giving us Hubitat updates, curious to see where it goes from here and hope they listen to you. The biggest drawback for me is no remote access, as I have my smart toys at a secondary residence right now. Curious to see where it goes!

  9. Appreciate the review. I understand your critism of dashboard but you are missing the point. Dashboard use a grid for precise placement of tiles with backgrounds. So if you want a row at the bottom of a grid you can easily do this. No other system allows for this type of customization. It is a blank slate, by design. However the default in dashboard is to optimize for that device and not be responsive but to be scrollable for larger grids on smaller screens. Also, we designed Hubitat to be an automation platform first and foremost. Taking out your phone or pulling up a website is not automation, it's remote control. Dashboards exist to fill that gap for those that want it. Dashboards, rules, and other apps are highly personalized things. So the reason these things don't come preinstalled is so people have choice and options and can even add 3rs party code if they want. Don't like the built in dashboard, try SharpTools or Housepanel. As we mature, wizards and simple interfaces will be added as we have and continue to rapidly develop on this platform that is only less than 18 months old. Again, thanks for the review. Happy to answer any questions.

  10. Matt, right from the beginning of the video I was thinking of writing you a request for a 101 video and you've said it yourself. Yes!!! Can't wait for it!

    Please make a schema for connecting different devices with explanations for their role in the bigger picture and write the devices that you'll choose atm for each category. Thank you for the video and can't wait for the 101!

    Keep it up!

  11. I’ve used SmartThings since it was first released as time wore I have been less thrilled with it. Increasing outages and bug emerged. Watched a bunch of videos on Hubitat and yours Matt put their whole system in perspective. As a get ready to move into a new home I’m ready to start from scratch and use hubitiat. Sounds like it will. Keep pretty busy for awhile but a fun journey

  12. Been waiting for this review, ever since you mentioned it in a previous video. Sounds like the folks at Hubitat need to contract you for some UI/UX design 🤫😏 I also have SmartThings in my home and now I'm super-intrigued by Hubitat. Love your 'Final Thoughts'. Looking forward to your upcoming videos as well. Keep up the great work, Matt!

  13. Good review Matt!

    I have had a Hubitat for the last three months. As someone who works in the tech industry I wanted to avoid the constant on internet connections with Alexa and Google Home. I also wanted something that would function without internet and when running on backup power. I am not that rural but we do get our share of outages and starting with that premise I could make sure all purchased systems could work consistently.

    I did find that Hubitat was tough to get started with without solid example configurations configured by default. You had to figure out what software pieces you needed to add/turn on to make basic home automation features practical. There were also the problems that were the result of odd pairing habits of third-party hardware. Those also could be worked through with some research. Hubitat has been good at adding new drivers to their device.

    Overall I have been happy with my Hubitat and will continue to expand my system. I like how it works with both Zigbee and Z-wave. I am not a fan of loading up a home network with a ton of wi-fi based smart devices.

    I look forward to seeing how you use your system.

  14. ANother very professional video – thanks, Matt! Convinced home automation is not for me (even though I am a long-career software and web developer). It would drive my wife crazy, too.

  15. Great video as always. I've been curious about Hubitat but I'm struggling to understand what I'll gain over my smartthings + ActionTiles setup.

    I can only point to locally hosted and privacy but I've had zero issues with response times and the privacy issue doesn't concern me.

    Am I missing anything?

  16. Surprised to hear that you’ve had stability issues with HA. In the past two years I’ve been using I’ve had zero crashes. I also run it on Synology. I didn’t go with Mine is plain simple HA on Docker. I agree with the learning curve being steep though.

  17. This is an awesome video! You kept my attention and explain everything plainly. I just getting started with Smart Home and look forward to seeing the beginner videos. The music is awesome in the video. Looking forward to seeing more from you about Smart Devices.

  18. Great review! I noticed in other comments you also own a Synology NAS as I do. I, and I think many of your viewers would love to see a video dedicated to the setup of OpenVPN on the synology nas so you can then use your phone to easily access your Hubitat on your local LAN for changing settings etc. For eg if you have z-wave door locks on a rental property or your vacation home/cottage and need to add or delete user codes etc you need to get access Hubitat settings. I have not seen anyone else do a video on this unless so missed it?

  19. The video is good but all of the weak points of the system have already been addressed in home assistant. Zig bee and Z-wave are already implemented and auto discovered.

  20. Matt, to get around the cloud linking to access your hub remotely, did you try setting up VPN access to your home to gain local access to the hub? I'm curious if this would get around that…

  21. Great video! really looking forward to your smart home series! May be you could take a look at some of the smart home appliances like water heaters, stoves, and refrigerators.

  22. Thanks for taking me up on my suggestion to review this item. I've been waiting to configure it. So far, I've avoided the hassle of un-linking my ST devices. But your review has spurred me on. Can't wait for future tutorials. (As a writer, I am agonizing how awful the Hubitat tutorials are written.) Perhaps you can tell us how to control hubless wifi light bulbs. Great stuff!

  23. Great video! Best habitat review I have seen. I use openHAB and it reminds me very much how openHAB functions.

  24. I don't see why at least most of this couldn't have been made to be an automatic Plug N Play process, but yet also be able to be expanded upon for people with the skill & know how to do so. Why can't we simply have the best of BOTH worlds? Sounds to me like Hubitat has much more (including Local) functionality, but Samsung Smartthings definitely has the edge for PNP Use, which is better for Novices. Hubitat really needs to bridge that gap in order to be more competitive in the long run. 🙂

  25. Will this hub. Turn off thermostat if front door for example if your door is open the amount of time you input

  26. Respectfully disagree about Home Assistant, in my opinion is the best, and i tried a lot of "smart home"!

  27. So I have a SmartThings hub based system now – but haven’t done a ton of automation across things like it sounds like you have Matt. My one concern in migrating to Hubitat would be migrating the zwave stuff – I am anticipating that will be a pain to deregister all of those devices from the SmartThings hub and then getting them paired to Hubitat – any tips on that you care to pass along ?

  28. I've been a SmartThing user for the last three years. I've grown my system to about 70 assorted switches, dimers, and sensors. Although the system works well, I've got the same issues most have with software issues and concern over security. I've had the thought since I'm on SmartThing Hub v2 of upgrading to v3. Since watching your video, I'm considering the effort to switch to Hubitat to be the same effort.

    I was surprised with the ability to still interface with SmartThings. How is that managed? Is there a convenient way to use the two systems to do a slow migration?

  29. I’m very interested in checking out Hubitat but have a lot of LIFX bulbs. That’s a deal-breaker for me at this point. Also interested in and carefully experimenting with Home Assistant and OpenHAB, but they’re both a pretty steep learning curve to do anything much beyond what it does ‘out of the box’. So far, SmartThings is the closest I’ve found for my ideal solution. (Not ideal, but closer than anything else I’ve tried so far). Thanks for your videos – subbed.

  30. Great! I have been using many different home automation controllers but for the last 4 years I'm using Zipabox from Zipato. Have you tested this controller? If so, what do you think is the pros and cons comparing Zipabox and Hubitat? In Zipabox there is a built in security module so you can build your own burglar alarm or elderly alarm. Do you know if this is possible with Hubitat?

  31. With so many outages, or lights acting up being turned on by request and turning on after 3 minutes… I am SO looking forward to a newer system far away from Smartthings. Begining with having two apps with the same name where they cannot get things integrated… I will be close to this channel, I want to learn more if Hubitat is finally the Smart Home Controller Nirvana. With Smartthings if their platform is down… you are lost. This is one feature I hate about Samsung Smartthings. I hope you can help me shape my decisions to how soon should I run away from Smartthings and try this. Just recently I purchased 15 Sonoff RFR2 switches, I hope Hubitat has integration with this 🙂

  32. Great review of the Hubitat system. I have been an early adopter and haven’t looked back at SmartThings. The native integrations, community apps and support are what make this platform ideal for your home smart hub. Appreciate the honest review and look forward to future videos from you.

  33. Hey Matt, great video. I too am searching for a bulletproof secure and customizable home automation system. I’m designing my new home and it will have all wiring routed to a central control & switching room so everything can be controlled more easily and be less dependent on wireless communications. I’ve been using Home Assistant for a about one year now, and it really makes me work a lot to keep everything working smooth. Despite that I haven’t had any crashes at all. But I agree, the platform is not for the non techies, and I think Hubitat is not too, and maybe no platform will be, because I don’t see how you can accommodate for an infinite number of home automation topologies out of the box. You WILL NEED to set things up, configure stuff, write some Yaml code, … At the end my solution will be based on a Siemens S7-1500 industrial PLC which will control all outputs – both analog and digital. Siemens has a MQTT program block available for this line of PLCs so this is the way I will integrate it with a automation system more capable of communicating with the user (Siemens HMIs are very expensive). I was set to use Home Assistant, but will try Hubitat after I watched your video.

  34. Hi Matt. Do have any wiring recommendations for folks building a new house? Where/what to run for network cables, speaker wires etc?

  35. I’m new to this smart home things, but already I have similar concerns like others in this discussion: dependencies on internet/cloud/servers, security/privacy, etc. So a stand alone hub like Hubitat seems pretty good to me. Still for me to consider a system as “smart” it should be able to take voice commands or be controlled by Google Assistant etc. Does the Hubitat provide a channel to accept a control command from Amazon or Google Assistant? If so it will be amazing so we can use Hubitat as a back end and limit the control cloud server can do to home devices. We can also automate choirs that should be done together on multiple systems.

  36. Great video! I’ve been looking for this. I’m sure they will work out the bugs and make this an outstanding setup. Looking forward to more video on your Hubitat setup.

  37. You should be more careful in recommending to non-users what "you think" a Hubitat should "enable" by default as it is entirely subjective based upon what you think others would want, as Hubitat intentionally does this by design. The mobile app didn't even exist 3 months ago, I (or the ability of anyone else) personally do NOT want THE ABILITY to access my hub outside of my network. Hubitat is designed to be a Home "Automation" platform, THAT was a big selling point for me, as it's NOT designed to be a Smarththings look I can control devices from my phone platform. Hubitat starts this blank slate because every user is uniquely different in the needs they have and/or the devices they use, and the "novice" user shouldn't even mess with Rule Machine, until they get some experience by using "simple lighting" and "motion lighting" apps (which are also not enabled by default)

    FYI, your "Dashboard" is easily scaleable to fit ANY screen if you just click the settings wheel in the top right and adjust the settings, this ALSO I'm glad was NOT automatically enabled OR populated as then I would spend more time changing the way they "assumed" I wanted my devices laid out on the Dashboard, to how I actually want them layed out and/or included.

    If you're looking for a "remote control home", Hubitat is not the platform for you, If you are looking for True Lightning Fast LOCALIZED AUTOMATION, Hubitat is a perfect solution, as I base this after having 3 other platforms experience.

  38. I'm actually curious about this. I've had Smart Things since 2015 and honestly, it's been working ok. Granted, I've added a bunch of third party support though like Action Tiles and WebCore which pretty much replaces the native automations offered by the Smartthings app itself…. because I found them more reliable.

    Part of me can't help but think that getting a new hub might be more unintended busy work to replace services I already have, but if you're saying I can match or exceed performance and scale with this new hub,…with local reliable processing, I might just make the investment.

  39. Good video. I’ve been in Wink, then SmartThings for a few years now. Was considering OpenHAB but for the reasons you pointed out I’ve stayed with ST. This looks like a really good alternative that I’ll be looking at. Thanks for the info!!!

  40. Have every heard about homey?
    It should do everything you said. It uses flows to get things done.
    I'm on the fence to get one.

  41. I use the Universal Devices ISY994iZW-Pro. Small Hub Controller. It's programming language is one of the most extensive of what you can do. It unfortunately at this time is not an easy device. You do have to have technical skills.

  42. Great video! Thanks for sharing. I consider myself a newbie even though I've had SmartThings and Hue for a few years now and have both Alexa and Google Home. I've also been looking to move off of SmartThings, but I do have a question. You said that it wasn't very user friendly writing routines and such. My question is if you integrate with Google Home or Alexa, do you HAVE to build the routines in Hubitat? Couldn't you just do the integrations to Alexa and GH and just leave it at that and do the routines in Alex or GH? Thanks again for such a great video!

  43. Yes, I need to 101 setup . I own the Nest thermostat, Philips Hue bridge and light kit, along with the Philips Hue led light strip

  44. Can light switches, outlets and door locks be added without removing them from SmartThings? Can both hubs control same devices?

  45. Just use Home Assistant. A quiet bit of learning BUT once you get a hang of it, your in control and you can integrate pretty much anything and beat part is its open source.

  46. Can you access a terminal?
    If yes,
    Is there an option to set it up through configuration files?
    If I have diy solutions that work wit MQTT will it work?
    Does it compliment or replace Node-RED?

  47. I recently made the switch myself from SmartThings to Hubitat. For me, the big attractor was the full and seamless Lutron support. I already had a Lutron pro hub and several picos working on ST, but the complexity and flakiness of those implementations was just not up to my standards, which are basically, it works perfectly, it works always, and it is hands off forever until I change my setup.
    None of the implementations in ST can claim that. Once Hubitat got the 2-way hub linking, where you can run it side-by-side with ST and share devices between them, I figured it was worth the $80 to try out Hubitat's Lutron support.
    Once I got it and experienced the all-inclusive environment, where you could do everything in one place that you used to have to go from the app to the IDE to the webCoRE site…I was mesmerized. As such, I started moving devices, routines, rules over as fast as I could, and as a result, never even installed the Hub Link app, which was the safety net that enticed me over in the first place. 5 days after installing my HE hub, I unplugged my ST one forever, and I couldn't be happier with the switch. And man, does the system work fast. The local vs cloud effect on speed can't be overstated.
    By the way, you can rearrange the dashboard tiles so they will all be vertical. The sideways scroll thing was confusing to me, too, and yes, it would be nice to have the tiles reflow automatically on any screen… But you can definitely set up the dimensions for your grid to be vertical, and reassign the position of your existing tiles that are out to the side. 👍

  48. Great video! First time hearing of Hubitat and very impressed. Could you do some more videos on the capabilities of Hubitat and maybe go through the different types of rules you have created. Your videos are always so informative. Thanks!

  49. Your video couldn't have come at a better time! I needed an alternative to Cox Homelife that was affordable but still secure and reliable.

    I pulled the trigger on Hubitat and within two days (thanks Amazon) I'm up and running with door contact/motion/presence sensors, Kiwkset smart deadbolts, and a Zen thermostat. The hardest part was figuring out how to pair my contact sensors, but as a professional software developer, the rest was easy. I do agree that the dashboards leave something to be desired, but overtime I hope updates and community support will solve that.

    I still have two important features to configure and test. 1. Automated security routines to lock the door, ensure closed contacts, notify me via text/email, etc. 2. Regular backups of the hub configurations, access and events logging in the event of disaster or tampering. I have high hopes it can be done, but its not appearing to be trivial so far.

    Overall I'm very satisfied with Hubitat. Thanks for the review!

  50. It's getting closer to a magic bullet but still very far from a tool. That makes it simple.
    Personally I use cloud based automation so I can control everything away from home. Most everything I control through Alexa except the alarm system (Cove) and my video cameras.
    Until this all gets cleaned up and matures it's gonna be awkward. Right now there's many ways to accomplish what you want. Eventually it will be streamlined.

  51. You should just go ahead and go for the full AI/Human interface subdermal implants package, give yourself over completely, to the beast, and get it over with.

  52. Im using homeassistant for 1 year now and it has not crashed one time. All of it is working fine and it has almost no delay between a button press and a physical reaction. I love it

  53. In your intro Centralite products are on display. Does Centralite work with Hubitat. Centralite doesn't list Hubitat on there webpage as a partner. What is your appion regarding Centralite sensors.

  54. I've been using HA for years and it's never crashed. And now you do most things with the GUI with LoveLace or use NodeRed.

  55. I have been thinking about trying out Home Assistant for a minute now. Smart Things outages can be a pain sometimes. I may look into this.

  56. 02:42 "it's great, but I'm not sure it's for everyone" … You yourself are saying that hubitat is not for everyone. I've been through SmartThings, Vera and Zipato. HA is the only platform I've recommended to people ever since I've started using it. The customizations are just limitless. Yes, occasionally you encounter a bug or two, but if you report that on the forum, you get immediate feedback and possibly a fix or a workaround. You video, though has good detail, I feel doesn't have the best recommendation for the guy who's starting to learn home automation.

  57. A few comments about Hubitat…

    1) If you are a developer, I highly recommend NOT tinkering with this device. If you have "poorly formatted code" (aka, there is some small issue with a driver or app you made), it will randomly shut your device down without notice. If you have your alarm system set up on this, it's a bit annoying to fix…
    2) Again, if you are a developer, they have a really slick API, so if you don't want to build your stuff using Angular or whatever, You'll have access to all of your devices outside of the alarm system (I think). They may have changed this in the past few months, but idk. For those who are C# nerds, I have been able to build a C# app that works with it, so the sky is the limit.
    3) As far as I know, it doesn't yet support MQTT, so if you're coming from Home Assistant or OpenHab, don't expect to port your MQTT environment over soon. I heard they're working on it, but not there yet.
    4) You don't HAVE to use the dashboard…which is why they didn't include it by default. You can use as your dashboard and never need the built-in dashboard, which is kind of garbage anyway (seriously guys, learn how to build a GUI…)

    For me, #1 was a HUGE letdown… The device should never power off without informing you. I had to switch away from that because I couldn't rely on it. I will be happy to switch back when I know it's working correctly though. I may also eventually just build my own apps using the API, but for now… I'm going to be sticking with Home Assistant.

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