I ordered a smartthings hub (v3) few days back which is still in transit. Meanwhile I started setting up everything (smartthings app, smartapps, github integration, webcore, automation, ST community installer, etc.). I have never owned a smartthings hub before.
I was able to add some unsupported devices using IFTTT. I also setup some basic automation (mainly based on time) and they are working fine. I don’t have any zigbee or zwave sensors as of now.
I started to think, do we really need a hub if so much can be achieved without a hub? What is the benefit of having a hub? Also, I am curious to know where do smartapps get installed - server or hub? Also, do I need to transfer everything that I created to the hub when I receive it? If yes, then will it break the existing integrations and do we have an easy way to do it?
I know some of these questions are really dumb, I tried to search about these, but didn’t receive any definitive answers. Please help me with these questions, thanks a lot in advance!