Setting up a smart home can be a daunting task, you have to choose from a range of different smart home products from smart home hubs to smart switches and so much more.
So we figured that we would help you to find the right device for at least one of those smart home requirements, the smart home hub.
Check them out below.
Raspberry Pi 3 Model B with Home Assistant
We are currently releasing a set of guides for setting up a smart home with Home Assistant and a Raspberry Pi 3 (read the first of those guides here) and that is for good reason, Home Assistant is definitely one of the best smart home hubs and that is because it is expandable, customisable, and it works with pretty much all of the smart home tech out there.
Oh, and it is also very good if you are on a budget.
That all said, it does require some work from you to get started as you have to set up all of the integrations yourself but that is why we are releasing some guides for you.
Samsung SmartThings Hub
Samsung SmartThings platform is a pretty easy way to get started with setting up a smart home. That’s thanks to Samsung’s integrations and design for the platform which is to launch a number of smart home products that just work.
With the SmartThings hub you can control all of these devices with light, speaker, lock, thermostat, sensor and other integrations.
And it allows you to control all of those over the SmartThings app or via other smart home devices like Amazon Alexa.
The Amazon Echo is a device that allows you link all of your smart home devices together and control them with your voice while providing you with various personal assistant commands from your home.
Amazon Echo Dot
The Amazon Echo Dot does all of the stuff that the normal Echo does, but with a smaller speaker, price tag, and body.
Amazon Echo Show
The Amazon Echo Show is Amazon’s latest home personal assistant that builds upon the Amazon Echo and the Amazon Echo Dot but also expands upon it with the addition of a new touchscreen display and a camera.
Unfortunately, the Echo Show isn’t available in the UK yet.
Google Home is an alternative to the Amazon Echo, it is designed by Google as the name suggests and it comes with the integration that you would expect from Google, with Google Assistant inside.
Some people prefer Google Home because it can control Google devices and because Google knows more answers to your questions, however, it is not as fully featured in terms of its smart home capabilities.
Wink Hub 2
The Wink Hub 2 is a pretty sleek smart home hub that not only looks pretty great but also works great for setting up and controlling a smart home, particularly for beginners, however, the hub is only available in the UK at the moment sadly.
It is fully compatible with Alexa, Google Home, Lutron Clear Connect, and Kidde devices and it can connect to those with Bluetooth LE, Z-Wave or Zigbee.
To top that off, it supports Google’s Thread interface with 5GHz Wi-Fi and an Ethernet port.