There is one thing that really bothers me about Philips Hue: I have not been able to manage with one Hue Bridge in my house for a long time. The first problems can occur with 50 or more connected lamps, the hard limit is 63 lamps. And with several rooms and the outdoor area, this limit is reached more quickly than you might think.
It is very unlikely that a new Hue Bridge will be released in the future that raises this limit. The capacity and performance of the Hue Bridge is not necessarily the problem, as Hue inventor George Yianni told me in a conversation. Rather, the ZigBee network is the bottleneck.
Interact Pro Gateway from Signify works with up to 200 lamps
But why actually? After all, with the Interact Pro Gateway, Signify offers a professional system that can establish a connection to up to 200 light points. Why isn't this also possible with Philips Hue?
According to George Yianni, there are several reasons for this. First of all, the Interact system is installed professionally and it is ensured that the individual light sources are spaced at an appropriate distance from each other. Another reason is much more tangible in my view: with an “office solution”, performance is not necessarily important.
This is different with Philips Hue. Here, the lamps should switch simultaneously when a scene changes, and there are also “data highways” for functions such as Hue Entertainment, which must function completely without delay.
This is what the solution could look like
After all, Philips Hue has now realised that more and more users are exhausting the capacities of the bridge or the ZigBee network and need to install a second bridge. The user-friendliness of the system definitely leaves a lot to be desired here.
“We want to further improve the experience with multiple bridges in one home in the future,” promises George Yianni, without going into more detail. However, the most important foundations have probably already been laid with the introduction of the developer interface v2.
From a technical point of view, it is already no problem to send an https command from one bridge to a second bridge in order to trigger an action or transmit a status. It would be no problem to use a switch on one bridge to switch on a lamp on the other bridge. In principle, this could even be implemented by third-party providers if Philips Hue would open up the new API to developers.
Whether Philips Hue will continue to pursue this approach and when we can expect a possible solution is still completely open. In any case, a good dose of patience is still required.
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