Hive starter kit was £99.99 (two bulbs and the hub) £44.99 Amazon
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Hive starter kit was £99.99 (two bulbs and the hub) £44.99 Amazon

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Found 12th Jan
you get the hive hub and 2 bulbs in bayonet or screw for over half price! (the hub on its own is currently £59)

can connect it to google home and alexa to allow voice control aswell!
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Can this hub be used for the heating if I purchased the thermostat alone for £99
Hi good morning can anyone explain to me what’s hive and how does it work please?
looks a steal at this price though Hot from me even though I don’t know what it is
Deal has been posted twice before
Thundera14 m ago

Hi good morning can anyone explain to me what’s hive and how does it work p …Hi good morning can anyone explain to me what’s hive and how does it work please?looks a steal at this price though Hot from me even though I don’t know what it is


Giyf how ever I’m intrigued, you have no idea what it is and as such can’t compare to something else, how did you know to vote hot?
Thundera15 m ago

Hi good morning can anyone explain to me what’s hive and how does it work p …Hi good morning can anyone explain to me what’s hive and how does it work please?looks a steal at this price though Hot from me even though I don’t know what it is


Google much?
Please bare in mind, this is the smart home hub. It allows you to connect other hive branded products together. It is not a thermostat. This kit as it stands will basically allow you to turn on / dim the included light bulbs at specific times of the day or when away from home
Nugget201711 m ago

Unfortunatley not as you need the other bits of the heating system for it …Unfortunatley not as you need the other bits of the heating system for it to work. Refer to this Link and look at the 'Products included in this kit' section at the bottom of the page


Well, the receiver comes with the thermostat, as stated in the link you supplied. For £99. All you then need is this hub for it to work.
So you could buy more bulbs around the home? Looking at getting spotlights do there do them also
Hot if you need it - the bulbs alone normally cost RRP £20 each.
Was just doing some research, and this seems a better deal from AO if you're looking to start on a smart home:

ao.com/pro…spx

You get this starter kit as well as a smart plug which is currently around £36 on Amazon, for an extra £14. They have both bulb options available too.
"you get the hive hub and 2 bulbs in bayonet or screw for over half price!"


Surely that's UNDER half price?

Anyway, just as a general question, what is the advantage of getting the expensive Hive kit with its hub over getting something like the xiaomi that doesn't need a hub and is much cheaper?
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How do these compare with Hue?
Is it possible to buy the heating and lighting pack as one?
trickytree19842 h, 54 m ago

Can this hub be used for the heating if I purchased the thermostat alone …Can this hub be used for the heating if I purchased the thermostat alone for £99


Yes
trickytree19843 h, 4 m ago

Can this hub be used for the heating if I purchased the thermostat alone …Can this hub be used for the heating if I purchased the thermostat alone for £99


Yes it can be
Burgmeister1 h, 10 m ago

"you get the hive hub and 2 bulbs in bayonet or screw for over half …"you get the hive hub and 2 bulbs in bayonet or screw for over half price!"Surely that's UNDER half price?Anyway, just as a general question, what is the advantage of getting the expensive Hive kit with its hub over getting something like the xiaomi that doesn't need a hub and is much cheaper?



This same topic is pretty much discussed in detail every time hive or hue lights come up.
CoeK2 m ago

This same topic is pretty much discussed in detail every time hive or hue …This same topic is pretty much discussed in detail every time hive or hue lights come up.


Always good to ask if unsure. Not everyone knows about these. Im just reading up on them
Caveman201449 s ago

Always good to ask if unsure. Not everyone knows about these. Im just …Always good to ask if unsure. Not everyone knows about these. Im just reading up on them



Always good to ask if you are unsure after reading up on them like you are doing Some people appear to want spoon fed a google search.
CoeK13 m ago

Always good to ask if you are unsure after reading up on them like you are …Always good to ask if you are unsure after reading up on them like you are doing Some people appear to want spoon fed a google search.



Not wanting to be spoon fed. Just thought someone might know why you would want to spend many more pounds to buy something that incorporates a hub rather than something that doesn't need one. I'm sure there must be a reason why people would want to spend more so a hub MUST have an advantage - just not one that is obvious to a casual observer.

I assume you don't know as it has probably taken you longer to write 2 responses than to say "with a hub you get the advantage of X". Of course, perhaps you just prefer to waste your time writing unhelpful responses and being deliberately obtuse.

I don't know which it is.
Burgmeister3 m ago

Not wanting to be spoon fed. Just thought someone might know why you would …Not wanting to be spoon fed. Just thought someone might know why you would want to spend many more pounds to buy something that incorporates a hub rather than something that doesn't need one. I'm sure there must be a reason why people would want to spend more so a hub MUST have an advantage - just not one that is obvious to a casual observer.I assume you don't know as it has probably taken you longer to write 2 responses than to say "with a hub you get the advantage of X". Of course, perhaps you just prefer to waste your time writing unhelpful responses and being deliberately obtuse. I don't know which it is.


Obviously i know the difference, since I've seen it discussed countless times.
Well, good for you. You have taken time to now write 3 responses yet none have been very helpful.

Thanks.

Doing a Google search for "Why use a hub" does not give you any great deal of useful information. About the same as asking you I guess
So will this cook my bacon in the morning ?
PiratePete9 m ago

So will this cook my bacon in the morning ?


This same topic is pretty much discussed in detail every time hive or hue lights come up.

Always good to ask if you are unsure after reading up on them like you are doing. Some people appear to want spoon fed a google search.


I think that classes as helpful these days.
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CoeK23 m ago

Obviously i know the difference, since I've seen it discussed countless …Obviously i know the difference, since I've seen it discussed countless times.



OK, so following your "Helpful advice" I have searched through previous postings for Hive with bulbs offers and none of them state why using a hub is better than using a hubless system except one single comment about the hubs having additional functionality. Is that it? No mention of what the additional functionality is, so no idea if this is useful or not.

DIscussed countless times? Well, I guess you can't count very high then.
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Burgmeister35 m ago

Well, good for you. You have taken time to now write 3 responses yet none …Well, good for you. You have taken time to now write 3 responses yet none have been very helpful.Thanks.Doing a Google search for "Why use a hub" does not give you any great deal of useful information. About the same as asking you I guess


If you're planning on using multiple devices, such as heating and bulbs (which I do) and smart plugs (which I don't yet) and you don't want to have multiple hubs or different apps or devices to operate them all from, then this is a bargain. Well, the deal with the msart plug mentioned by the guy above is better value in my opinion.

If you had, for example, Hive heating and Hue Lighting (hub each plus two apps), this would be a double task and two ethernet ports taken up which you might need.

Xaoimi bulbs don't require a hub, but there's their own MiHome App to negotiate, which i've found alright (grabbed a couple of Yeelight bulbs to try out over Christmas) but in foreign language.

I prefer Hive as my heating is flawless, so adding the bulbs, controlling them all from one App, or more commonly now via Alexa, but it's about preference.
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If you're planning on using multiple devices, such as heating and bulbs …If you're planning on using multiple devices, such as heating and bulbs (which I do) and smart plugs (which I don't yet) and you don't want to have multiple hubs or different apps or devices to operate them all from, then this is a bargain. Well, the deal with the msart plug mentioned by the guy above is better value in my opinion.If you had, for example, Hive heating and Hue Lighting (hub each plus two apps), this would be a double task and two ethernet ports taken up which you might need.Xaoimi bulbs don't require a hub, but there's their own MiHome App to negotiate, which i've found alright (grabbed a couple of Yeelight bulbs to try out over Christmas) but in foreign language.I prefer Hive as my heating is flawless, so adding the bulbs, controlling them all from one App, or more commonly now via Alexa, but it's about preference.



If you think having two hubs plugged in to your ethernet is a problem imagine having every lightbulb in your house connecting to your wifi.
Has been this price for a while as I posted last month. So pretty much standard price I assume. heat added OP
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CoeK23 m ago

If you think having two hubs plugged in to your ethernet is a problem …If you think having two hubs plugged in to your ethernet is a problem imagine having every lightbulb in your house connecting to your wifi.


I don't think it's a problem, I was generally pandering to the pedantic.

Plus, presuming most people have fibre now, it wouldn't be a problem. But I don't have kids with Xbox live or stuff like that.
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I don't think it's a problem, I was generally pandering to the …I don't think it's a problem, I was generally pandering to the pedantic.Plus, presuming most people have fibre now, it wouldn't be a problem. But I don't have kids with Xbox live or stuff like that.



It isn't an internet speed issue but you can get interference, i suppose you could try sticking all your bulbs on their own channel.
This is pretty much the standard price now.

I’ve got these and also a number of the Ikea TRÅDFRI bulbs and to be honest I much prefer the Ikea ones. They are cheaper, have the option of an actual switch (so on the wall to dim turn on/off) they work with Apple HomeKit as well as Alexa (so can also use Siri) and some have options of change of colour temperature (so warm yellow or bright white etc.)

If you also want to look at smart switches and heating then perhaps Hive is the way to go however I think Tradfri and Nest heating is a much better alternative.
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If you're planning on using multiple devices, such as heating and bulbs …If you're planning on using multiple devices, such as heating and bulbs (which I do) and smart plugs (which I don't yet) and you don't want to have multiple hubs or different apps or devices to operate them all from, then this is a bargain. Well, the deal with the msart plug mentioned by the guy above is better value in my opinion.If you had, for example, Hive heating and Hue Lighting (hub each plus two apps), this would be a double task and two ethernet ports taken up which you might need.Xaoimi bulbs don't require a hub, but there's their own MiHome App to negotiate, which i've found alright (grabbed a couple of Yeelight bulbs to try out over Christmas) but in foreign language.I prefer Hive as my heating is flawless, so adding the bulbs, controlling them all from one App, or more commonly now via Alexa, but it's about preference.



Thanks Justice (and CoeK). So, basically, its a convenience thing (single app, multiple tasks) as well as, potentially, having an issue with WiFi interference or bandwidth issues when connecting to non-hubbed lightbulbs.

If I am just thinking about getting a couple of bulbs to replace my old dimmable ones then the hubless system should be fine, but if I want to expand to using many more tasks then a hubbed system is probably the way to go. Shame Hive bulbs are so expensive (comparatively) otherwise future proofing your system with a hub would make more sense.
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Burgmeister6 m ago

Thanks Justice (and CoeK). So, basically, its a convenience thing (single …Thanks Justice (and CoeK). So, basically, its a convenience thing (single app, multiple tasks) as well as, potentially, having an issue with WiFi interference or bandwidth issues when connecting to non-hubbed lightbulbs.If I am just thinking about getting a couple of bulbs to replace my old dimmable ones then the hubless system should be fine, but if I want to expand to using many more tasks then a hubbed system is probably the way to go. Shame Hive bulbs are so expensive (comparatively) otherwise future proofing your system with a hub would make more sense.


It’s convenience for me, but I’m not that techy to be honest.

I’ve had my Hive system, all of my devices such as phone, laptop, iPad, Echo’s, Sky Q, Netflix, Ring doorbell, friends devices when they’re around, etc and even with two yeelights I had no problem with my WiFi at all, just for reference.

Eventually there will be one company who will supply everything in the one go, which will be handy.
There’s more dummies here than in baby’s area of boots.
its a simple question if you don’t want or don’t know the answer than there’s no need in being a jerk with your reply!!!
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.Eventually there will be one company who will supply everything in the ….Eventually there will be one company who will supply everything in the one go, which will be handy.


Just use the Alexa app/HomeKit and then everything is in one place rather than multiple apps.

I use a mix of Hive and Ikea bulbs, a couple of random smart plugs and will soon have a smart thermostat for the boiler and never user their individual apps. The SmartHome section of the Alexa app can control them all and Home/Siri can control most (just not hive)

loads easier than multiple apps and gives choice from limiting to one company.
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A2DY_9 m ago

Just use the Alexa app/HomeKit and then everything is in one place rather …Just use the Alexa app/HomeKit and then everything is in one place rather than multiple apps. I use a mix of Hive and Ikea bulbs, a couple of random smart plugs and will soon have a smart thermostat for the boiler and never user their individual apps. The SmartHome section of the Alexa app can control them all and Home/Siri can control most (just not hive) loads easier than multiple apps and gives choice from limiting to one company.


That's interesting, i'll look into that. Not heard of HomeKit before.

However, still would require multiple hubs etc in the background, but yeah, whatever is the easiest way is the goal with all of this tech.
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That's interesting, i'll look into that. Not heard of HomeKit …That's interesting, i'll look into that. Not heard of HomeKit before.However, still would require multiple hubs etc in the background, but yeah, whatever is the easiest way is the goal with all of this tech.


Some need hubs yes, only slight positive is the ones I have all use Ethernet so as long as you have space to tuck them out of the way it doesn’t impact WiFi.

HomeKit is the built in home automation app on Apple devices. Less common that Alexa integration, my aim is to have devices that work with both, then have the option on which to use.
trickytree198410 h, 57 m ago

Can this hub be used for the heating if I purchased the thermostat alone …Can this hub be used for the heating if I purchased the thermostat alone for £99


Can anyone help me with the above?
trickytree198432 m ago

Can anyone help me with the above?


Yes you can use the hub for the heating but you would need the thermostat to be installed aswell
Just remember that you need to leave the switch turned on to be able to use the “smart” technology in these... (or any “smart” bulb for that matter

You are also tied in to this system only...

much better to start a proper home automation system that uses an open protocol like Zwave, something like the “Vera plus” controller allows you to use Zwave, Zigbee and WiFi devices from a variety of manufac
Edited by: "droitwichdosser" 12th Jan
justinm_48 m ago

Yes you can use the hub for the heating but you would need the thermostat …Yes you can use the hub for the heating but you would need the thermostat to be installed aswell


That's great, so the secondary 99 thermostat will do. So I can buy this and the 99 thermostat and I get heating plus 2 bulbs for 150?
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