OT: Clarification on what things require a HomeKit hub?

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seeblue Senior Member • Posts: 1,755
Re: OT: Clarification on what things require a HomeKit hub?

You don’t have to configure an ATV, iPad or HomePod as a hub, in order to use HomeKit. You can set up and control HomeKit certified devices just using an iPhone, for example.

But if you want to be able to control your devices remotely, you’ll need to set up an iPad, HomePod or ATV as a hub. Also, you’ll need one of these devices to create HomeKit specific automations.

There are standalone Bluetooth HomeKit devices sold that don’t require an intermediary hub. A Sylvania Bluetooth Smart bulb comes to mind. Like all HomeKit devices, communication with Apple hubs is over Bluetooth.

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