In contrast to many other smart home systems, Philips Hue has a decisive advantage: after connecting the bridge to the router at home, you can use the entire system, at least locally, without registering. No account needs to be created.
“That’s the good thing about Hue, you don’t need to register for local use. Plug it in, install the app and it’s up and running,” says a comment from a reader.
Only for some special functions is an account currently necessary, for example for remote control. But that is not really surprising, because the app has to know which bridge it should communicate with outside the home WiFi. And that only works in connection with an account and the cloud servers of Philips Hue.
Now, however, the member management, which is currently still under development, could ensure that the Hue app can soon only be used with an account. Depending on how deeply Philips Hue integrates this function into the app, it must be possible to distinguish between the different users.
Personally, I would have no problem with such an “account requirement”. I already use three different accounts to control my bridges remotely. In my opinion, it would be much more desirable if one could finally manage several bridges with only one account.