This question comes up a lot, do you need a hub? What about just sticking a bunch of WiFi plugs/switches in and calling it a day? Or what about Hue with their motion sensors, that automates my lighting right?
The truth of the matter is, no you don’t NEED a hub but it can greatly improve your automations and allow dissimilar devices to be pulled into a central platform. There are also some security and performance considerations vs just using WiFi devices.
Let’s explore some of these!