I was chatting with a guy at work about how I’m switching from Wink to SmartThings and he told me that he does all kinds of stuff in his house directly through his Amazon Alexa without any need for a hub. He says he controls all of his outside lighting (landscape lights, exterior house lights, spotlights) through Alexa and he even has his landscape lighting to come on automatically at 30 minutes after sunset each day.
He also controls his thermostat through Alexa and his interior lighting as well. He told me that he’s using smart bulbs, smart switches, and even a few plug-in smart receptacles to control stuff inside the house.
So this had me thinking—in my house, I control mostly lighting and thermostats. If I can do everything that he does with his Amazon Alexa, do I really even need a dedicated hub? What are the advantages or disadvantages?