Whew, what a week I’ve had with my smart home setup! The saga kicked off when Philips Hue announced Matter connectivity support for their hubs. Intrigued by a friend’s effortless experience, I dove in headfirst to integrate my Philips Hue lights with my Google Home Hub Max using Matter connectivity. Spoiler alert: it was a bumpy ride. Read on to see why you might want to proceed with caution.
The Initial Matter Connectivity Hurdle: Going Offline
First off, after connecting my Philips Hue Hub to Google Home Hub Max, my lights took a mysterious trip offline in the Google app. Interestingly, they were visible but misplaced—no longer sorted into their designated rooms. Disconnect, reconnect, and go offline again. That was the recurring nightmare. Finally, after what felt like endless cycles of resets and reconnections, the lights decided to behave. However, that led me to the next hurdle: manual rearrangement. Because of my extensive setup of 80+ lights, this was no small feat and ate up hours of my time.
Custom Automation Woes
Then comes the second snag. My custom smart home automation got tossed into disarray, forcing me to start from scratch. Take, for example, my “Good Night” automation—designed to create the perfect evening atmosphere by controlling lights, TV, diffusers, fans, and alarms. Rebuilding this was no quick task, believe me.
The Account Requirement Curveball
Now, as if to add insult to injury, Philips Hue introduced a new requirement: an account for hub control. And here’s the kicker—you can only link one account to one hub. Considering I have two hubs—one indoor and one outdoor—this presented a dilemma. If this doesn’t change soon, my outdoor hub may require another separate account, particularly if I intend to link it to Samsung SmartThings.
The Silver Lining: Improved Voice Commands
However, let’s not overlook the positives. Matter connectivity has enhanced the speed of voice-command responses remarkably. Gone are the days of lights turning on and off one by one; now, they sync almost instantaneously. So, it’s not all doom and gloom; there’s a glimmer of hope for the future of Matter connectivity.
Conclusion: A Matter of Matter Connectivity Frustration
So, what’s the takeaway? Matter connectivity is still a fledgling technology. While it shows promise for seamless smart home integration in the not-so-distant future, for now, it’s a ‘matter of Matter connectivity frustration.’ If you’re considering diving into this setup, brace yourself for some potential hiccups.
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