What exactly is the “functionality” that the Hue hub has and ST does not? I had the bulbs under the Hue Hub and I couldn’t even make them blink or change colors on their own. Did I miss something? I have since removed them from the Hue Hub and connected them directly to the ST hub - now I can have color loops on them… and make them blink, breathe, etc…
PS: I am not being sarcastic, the question is real, what is this functionality that I am not getting via ST?
OK so for Hive - you’re good to go. There’s a Hive device type (in fact two - one for water and one for heating) and all the associated apps. See here: [RELEASE] - Hive (Connect) V2.6 (British Gas Hive)
You do need the Hive Hub though, it won’t work without. British Gas claim this is because they use a proprietary communication protocol, I sense this is rubbish since they said the same thing about their plugs and people have got those working fine.
As it makes Hive appear to ST as just another thermostat, anything that works with Thermostats will work with Hive. I’ve got mine controlled via SmartTiles, I can operate it with CoRE and so on.It’s a fantastic bit of code.
You can also work Hive through Alexa, but that’s using Alexa’s own Hive skill - you could use Ask Alexa on ST to work it, but that seems a lot of work for no benefit. The Hive skills for me work just fine.
Hue I see is covered above, I use the Hue Hub but I see there’s quite a lot of success in connecting them directly. I may liberate a single bulb and try it out. For me, if I swapped them and it stopped working that would be the ultimate fail as it’s the lighting that my family use the most.
I was using the standard hue bulb in ST - but the Hue app did not allow me to do party mode, loop, flicker, etc. The Hue app was in fact so basic I rarely used it. So what are the neat features of that app?
I guess updating the bulbs would have been nice - and I am interested in the party app - is that the Hue app being able to do it or third party?