Yesterday I showed you an unboxing of the first generation Philips Hue Starter Set – and today there is a little note about the first generation Hue Bridge.
As already announced a few months ago, Philips Hue is discontinuing support for the old, round bridge today. In addition to the end of technical support, all online services will also be cancelled. Remote control will no longer be possible and voice assistants will no longer work. However, control via app in the local network is still possible.
The manufacturer lets us know about the decision:
The Philips Hue team continues to work hard to make new features possible. The first-generation Hue Bridge no longer has the resources to ensure the system’s evolution – from compatibility and quality to speed and security – so we have decided to discontinue support for it.
If you are still using the first generation bridge, it is high time to switch over. It’s pretty simple, by the way: with the Hue app you can transfer all lamps, switches, rooms and scenes from the old Bridge to the second generation Bridge. By the way, the investment would be worthwhile even if there were no restrictions on the old bridge.
The cheapest way to get a new bridge is surely to buy it in a bundle with lamps. If you don’t need new lamps, you can of course buy the second generation bridge separately.