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Do I Need It? Your Ultimate Smart Hub Guide

As interest in the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to grow, the number of devices available to us continues to grow. Whether we’re at home, in the car, at the office or on the go, there are many different devices we can use to automate and simplify our daily lives.

That said, with the wide array of smart gadgets on the market these days, it’s tough to decide which we really need and whether they’re worth adding to our growing arsenal of smart devices.

One such device is the smart hub. But what are smart hubs, what do they do, and should you get one for your smart home setup?

What is a Smart Hub?

Simply put, a smart hub acts as the control centre for all the smart devices you have set up at home. Instead of having to use a bunch of different apps to control all your devices, everything connects to the smart hub and is controlled through one app.

Still, will it be worth adding to your home? Let’s look at a few pros and cons of using a smart hub.

Pros of getting a smart home hub

While some people might tell you that smart home hubs are somewhat redundant in a smart home, there are some great benefits to having one:

  • Consolidation
    As explained earlier, instead of using multiple apps to control all your different smart home devices, you’re able to sync them with a smart home hub. As such, you’ll only have to use a single app to control everything!
  • Centralisation
    In addition to combining your controls into one app, you can also centralise the overall automation of your smart home, too. This means you’ll be able to unite various types of networks such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Z-Wave, and Zigbee all together and automate them according to the schedules that you have set up for them on the app.
  • Simplification
    Perhaps the biggest benefit of getting a smart hub is that through their consolidation and centralisation features, they make operating your smart home a breeze.

Do you really need a smart home hub?

One of the main reasons people can't decide whether to get a smart home hub is price. Buying a smart home hub can be quite expensive. As such, some might prefer to rely on gadgets like their smart speakers and digital assistants, having them double up as central hubs.

However, while these smart home gadgets can be paired with a wide range of brands, sending commands while you are away might not be possible. In contrast, a smart home hub is hooked up to home’s network and has its own dedicated app, offering unrivalled convenience.

Thus, if that sounds like something you'd want, then a smart home hub may be for you. And you’ll be glad to know that M1 has just the solution you need!

Best Smart Home Hub & Home Wi-Fi Solutions in One Place

At M1, we offer a selection of highly affordable smart home packages - 2 of which include arguably the best smart home hub on the market! For smart home setups, you’re free to choose between the Smart Home Basics, the Deluxe Home and the Premium Home Package depending on how advanced you’d like your smart home to be. Additionally, we have a Smart Lock package, which allows for keyless and remote entry for both gate and front door.

And let’s not forget about our first-class home Wi-Fi solutions that will ensure your smart home stays connected and ready to go when you need it to.

So, what are you waiting for? Browse all of M1’s home Wi-Fi solutions and smart home packages and kickstart your move towards your dream smart home! If you've just moved into a new home and aren't sure where to start, fret not! We’ve got special packages just for you. From speedy Fibre Broadband and Wi-Fi boosters to smart tech devices, M1 is the ultimate one-stop shop for all your home needs.