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Lutron Caseta smart switch starter kit (hub+switch) $95, PM Home Depot

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[Amazon.ca] Lutron Caseta smart switch starter kit (hub+switch) $95, PM Home Depot

https://www.amazon.ca/Lutron-Starter-HomeKit-Assistant-P-BDG-PKG1WS-C/dp/B08FVDZGQF

Deals on Lutron Caseta smart systems are fairly rare, here is one: Caseta hub and switch for $95 (sold by a third party and fulfilled by Amazon). The same kit is $120 @ Home Depot, they will price match.

There are newer and cheaper smart switch systems, but Caseta is the most reliable, and the control app seems to request fairly modest list of permissions, no phone book access etc
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Feb 9, 2020
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Not bad. We have Caseta through most of our home and are very happy with it.
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Jul 24, 2005
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get the pro bridge/hub if you plan on doing integrations with other systems
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Jun 4, 2012
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Good deal. Hub is usually $100 by itself.
Looks like Amazon dropped the price to $95 as well so no need to price match.
Last edited by muffin4life on Aug 27th, 2021 10:52 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Feb 9, 2020
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2kaccordcoupe wrote: get the pro bridge/hub if you plan on doing integrations with other systems
I looked into that briefly when we started getting stuff. What is an example of how it would benefit me?
What sort of integrations aren't possible with the standard one?
Was it easy to setup?
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Jul 13, 2016
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The Pro hubs have Telnet functionality, which allows other software to integrate with it and control it at a low level.
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I need an extra switch but already have a Smart Bridge.

Would anyone be interested in split a kit who needs a Bridge?
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For those who have SmartThings Hub, what's the purpose of their hub?
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soupmaster666 wrote: The Pro hubs have Telnet functionality, which allows other software to integrate with it and control it at a low level.
If I use HomeAssistant, is the Hub Pro needed?
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Watch out with hubs. My Sylvania/Osram ones are set to be disabled for anything but an internal network as of the end of the month. Had 5 years and then "poof". No more remote usage as they are turning off the cloud service...
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chinmoku_tak wrote: For those who have SmartThings Hub, what's the purpose of their hub?
You need their hub to interface with smartthings.
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DougO wrote: Watch out with hubs. My Sylvania/Osram ones are set to be disabled for anything but an internal network as of the end of the month. Had 5 years and then "poof". No more remote usage as they are turning off the cloud service...
That's true but Lutron is big and is making new products that use their proprietary hub. Should be around long term...

Sylvania light bulbs and others using proprietary hubs will probably die sooner or later. Except for Phillips which has a large following.
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Does this have MFA/2FA setup? Any other management features via the web?
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muffin4life wrote: That's true but Lutron is big and is making new products that use their proprietary hub. Should be around long term...

Sylvania light bulbs and others using proprietary hubs will probably die sooner or later. Except for Phillips which has a large following.
Yes, they seem to have been sold to the Chinese a few years back. It's a wonder then the hubs lasted this long. From Wikipedia:

" In 2016, Osram spun off the general lighting business which included the North American Osram Sylvania unit into an independent company called LEDVANCE headquartered in Garching, Germany. In 2017, LEDVANCE was merged into a consortium of Chinese investment companies and the Chinese lighting manufacturer MLS under the LEDVANCE name. The North American headquarters of LEDVANCE, previously referred to as Osram Sylvania, and located in Danvers, Massachusetts, was relocated to Wilmington, Massachusetts in 2015, a town north of Boston, MA. LEDVANCE continues to use the well known Osram and Sylvania brand names in their corresponding and representative markets throughout the world."

Looks like I'll have to look for another manufacturer or else switch to other non hub bulbs. I tried Globe but have had several failures with them in the past couple years while I have had only 1 of about 10 Osram/Sylvania bulbs go bad in the 5 or so years I've owned them.

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