Being reliant on internet/cloud access for all functionality has always been a non-starter for my home automation - so the V2 design that provides on-board processing was a key improvement. After all, if my internet is down (say Comcast or a backbone carrier is out), why should that prevent my home automation system from turning on the garden lights at dusk.
So, if the V2 Hub sits on the in-house LAN, my various zigbee/zwave (and future bluetooth) devices within range and I have electrical power - what works and what doesnt?
I’d read on some review sites that what can run ‘on hub’ (without cloud access) is highly restricted. Is that a per-program flag I, the owner/manager, can set?
Can the phone interact with the hub if the internet access is down, but I’m in the house? It should, but can it.
If I’m in the house, my phone and the hub are on the house LAN, they can communicate over wifi with each other. They should be able to discover each others LAN side IP addresses normally. So I should be able to use the phone to turn off/on my outside light or adjust my thermostat, or look at the feed comming from my front door camera, even without internet access. But can I?
Then if the power goes out and the hub runs on its 4 AA batteries, I can understand that in this case the very limited power would be an issue - and restrict to only running progamming related to smoke and safety sensors and alerts - so the ability to turn on and off outdoor lighthing would o away. For that case, I’d just buy a larger UPS system to power the hub so it doesn’t even know the power is out.