The hub is a good thing

Date: 2016-07-08 08:13 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
To me, the fact that Philips Hue requires a hub device is a good thing. Its local API, accessible over ethernet, ensures I will always be able to use these lamps in the future. Protocol changes do not affect it. I.e. it doesn't bog down the WiFi in some future where new protocol versions have arrived (remember all the 802.11b devices). And I like the fact that each device also gateways for other devices that cannot reach the hub directly, either to deal with interference by walls or floors, or to extend the range. This also works for firmware updates.
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Power management, mobile and firmware developer on Linux. Security developer at Google. Ex-biologist. @mjg59 on Twitter. Content here should not be interpreted as the opinion of my employer.

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