Starting out hub (XfinityHome)
Picking a smarthome hub is probably the biggest choice you have to make since depending on the hub you choose you may or may not be able to use the gear you have or want. My first hub choice had more to do with our home alarm than it did with tech. We decided to go with the Xfinity Home alarm system since we already had it for Internet and TV the price was right and it offered a good selection of “Works with Xfinity” companies
- Lutron Caseta
- Chamberlain MyQ Garage
- August Locks
- More to come (they claim)
First off this seems like an easy option unfortunately these are some of the higher priced options out there and the only one I have seen that actually works out of the box is the Nest. I haven’t tried the August Locks yet (I am hesitant on the cloud connected clock). If you want the Lutron switches or blinds to work you will need a Lutron Hub (more on this one later). If you are keeping count we are at hub #2. The Nest thermostat integrated perfectly and has been solid. The same goes for the Chamberlain Garage door opener except for that to work you need what they call their MyQ Internet Gateway and you have to have a wall panel that has the MyQ logo. We will call that a hub also so we are up to 3.
The best let of this one was that you don’t need anything extra from Comcast, they give you a “Control Panel”
Here’s a quick look at the app as well it is very easy to use.