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    Question Which smart home hub to buy?

    I'm taking my first steps into home automation and I'm definitely at the shallow end of my learning curve. All I have so far are Philips Hue bulbs (and hub) an Amazon Echo dot and Fitbit Aria scales. I will be adding smart sockets and then radiator valves and possibly cameras in the near future.

    In order to future-proof as much as possible I'd like a hub that will connect with all of the main home automation brands (so that I can just keep adding gadgets as they take my fancy) but also be user friendly and fairly resilient. I've searched for UK hub comparisons and not found anything of use and I've tried the smarthomedb playbook to see what it suggests but it doesn't seem to be updated any more (it doesn't even have the echo+ yet!).

    I want all of these devices to work seamlessly together without complicated DIY coding or similar. I like the way that the Echo app handles setting up routines although it does seem very limited; and by comparison I find the Philips hue 'settings and routines from multiple apps all conflicting with each other' to be a headache!

    So what hub would you suggest for my needs?

    Thanks :-)

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    I can recommoned Homematic IP for beginners.
    Or go a complete other way and use ioBroker or Openhab on a Raspi. Than you can combine easily different smart technologies.
    Last edited by tomi_cc16; 6th January 2018 at 08:15 PM.

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    I tried to post an overview Homematic vs Homematic IP but it did not work out - but you can read it also here:
    https://homematic-forum.de/forum/vie...p?f=49&t=41325

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    Thanks both. I actually have a rpi2b sitting around for a suitable project, I'd heard about Openhab so maybe this is an option worth exploring.

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    I use ioBroker and happy with it - here a list what you can connect with ioBroker:
    http://download.iobroker.net/list.html

    Here the openhab list:
    https://docs.openhab.org/addons/bindings.html
    Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLreBiWiRIE

    or Home Assistant
    https://home-assistant.io/components/
    see Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_INXFjkKtQ

    I use ioBroker with Homematic, HUE, MiRobot because HM prices are good and bi-directional so you can always check the status.
    http://www.eq-3.com/Downloads/eq3/do...017_EN_web.pdf

    What is ridiculously cheap on gearbest is Xiaomi smart home and can also be connected with all 3.
    https://www.gearbest.com/smart-light...pp_257677.html

    Or with a Z-Wave USB Stick - Fibaro and more
    https://www.fibaro.com/en/
    Last edited by tomi_cc16; 7th January 2018 at 05:00 PM.

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