So you’re thinking about taking the leap with Hubitat Elevation but you want to know, “what am I really getting myself into?” First of all, thank you. Second of all, great question! We’ve outlined seven steps for getting started with Hubitat Elevation to get you from Hubitat rookie to Hubitat Hero. So let’s get started.
First off none of this hard, but it’s more involved than hooking up a toaster, so give yourself some time. You don’t need to do all of these steps at one time. But if you want to impress your family, send them away for a couple hours on Saturday afternoon and by the time they get home you’ll be able to show off some pretty cool home automation magic.
So how do you get your Hubitat Elevation hub up and running?
STEP 1: GET CONNECTED
The first step is to hook it up, plug it in and get it registered. You’ll need to connect the hub to your Local Area Network using an ethernet cable, then visit portal.hubitat.com and follow the onscreen instructions to complete the registration process. Once you confirm your location information, you are entered into the web user interface. This is where the magic happens.
STEP 2: DISCOVER DEVICES
Step 4 is to discover your devices. It’s a fairly straightforward process, put your device in pairing mode, go to discover devices and your devices will automatically be paired. Then name your device and you’re set. Do this for as many devices as you like. You might want to take a look at our Getting Started with Hubitat Video Playlist for step-by-step instructions.
STEP 3: AUTOMATE SOME DEVICES
Once your devices are discovered, it’s time to automate them. This is where Hubitat Elevation truly shines. As you can see we have a growing list of included apps to automate your devices. Rule Machine, of course, is our signature app with ability create simple and complex automations with multiple devices and conditions. If you’re new to home automation, you might want to start with an app like simple lighting or motion lighting. Whatever you’re automating, it helps to write out a home automation sequence plan before trying to build your rule in the app. These apps have a lot of features; if you’re an experienced user you can try to dive right in, but most of you might want to check out the links above and our Hubitat App Tutorials Video Playlist for more complete tutorials on how to use them.
STEP 4: SET UP YOUR DASHBOARD
Now that your devices are connected, you’ve got a couple automations going, you’ll want to set up your dashboard. You’ll do this by loading the Hubitat Dashboard app. Here, you'll create a new dashboard, give it a name, then use the dropdown menus to select the devices you want and pick the layout. There are several options for building your dashboard, so you’ll want to check out the tutorial video link here. Play with it a bit and you’ll end up cool, customized dashboard that allows you to monitor and control your connect devices from your computer, tablet or mobile device.
STEP 5: SET YOUR MODES
The next thing you’ll want to do is set your modes. Modes are very important when creating automations and allow different actions to occur based on the mode you’re in. Setting modes is a two step process. First go into the location page and create the modes you want. Day, Evening, Night and Away the defaults but you can change, add and delete them here at any time.
Once you have created your modes, you need to configure them. For this you have a couple options. We recommend using mode manager for most modes. In mode manager, you can set modes by time of day, by presence (or based on who is home), and by button presses. Don’t worry about getting them perfect right now; you can always adjust them later. For more advanced mode settings, you can also configure them using the Rule Machine App.
STEP 6: JOIN THE COMMUNITY
Now as you go about automating your home, you may come across times where you need some help or tips and that brings us to our final step which is joining our online Hubitat Elevation community. Using the email and password you used to register your account you can log into the community and submit posts, search the forums and get invaluable information from other users and even Hubitat developers, too. You’ll learn a lot and really get the most out of your Hubitat Elevation.
STEP 7: HAVE FUN
What we’ve learned here is just the tip of the iceberg. The next step—the final step—is for you to have fun and explore the Hubitat universe. Connect your Amazon Alexa devices. Explore Habitat Safety Monitor. Get your Lutron dimmers and Hue bulbs connected. Dive into Rule Machine and see what’s possible. Again, the online community is a great resource for you as your home automation journey.
We hope you’re as excited as we are about the possibilities! So dive into the process of getting started with Habitat Elevation. We’d love to hear what you’re automating this weekend—share with the rest of the Hubitat community here or our Hubitat Page on Facebook.