After many years of satisfied SmartThings automation, I started wanting more from my IoT hub and began looking for better solutions. I was so invested in SmartThings at that point, with over 100 Z-Wave and Zigbee devices in the home, but then I found the Hubitat Elevation hub and realized what I was missing out on.
The primary and most compelling feature Hubitat holds over SmartThings is local automation execution. With SmartThings, if my home network went down (either ISP service outage, or operator-error in tweaking router settings) my entire SmartThings hub would become unreachable. Additionally, the lag between tapping or pressing a button and SmartThings executing the command was becoming noticeable. With Hubitat, it is essentially instantaneous automation response time.
Click a Z-Wave button for 10 lights/switches to come on? SmartThings would complete this task in about 5 seconds. With Hubitat, it takes less than 1 second.
The data security offered by a completely local LAN IoT hub, compared to Samsung SmartThings which stores data and home information in the Cloud, cannot be any more robust than what Hubitat offers.
The best part? Hubitat Elevation hub is compatible with 99% of my existing SmartThings Z-Wave and Zigbee devices. And the documentation from Hubitat is the best I’ve ever seen, making the transition as seamless as possible.
With Hubitat, my data stays on my Local LAN network, never reaches the cloud, and my automations are the fastest I’ve ever experienced. The Hubitat Elevation hub has taken my smart home to the next level! And it only took 1 weekend to migrate al my devices, rules, and automations.
“We must understand the Cosmos as it is and not confuse how it is with how we wish it to be. The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent.”