I've been doing some research before upgrading my x-10 home automation system. One thing is starting to look like a pattern. Everything today seems to want to connect to the internet. After 15 minutes of reading about SmartThings it was clear that to turn the light off in my daughter's room, some signal was being sent to the SmartThings datacenter. I don't know how anyone finds this acceptable.
Hubitat seems like the solution, however, ignoring the hub, I'd like to know how all the actual bulbs and devices connect, too.
If I set up a wifi access point with no WAN (no internet) will all these bulbs still work with Hubitat? Would they connect to Hubitat and be controlled by Hubitat? Or do they need internet to connect to the Mother Ship once (or periodically?)
I know I can not control lights or monitor status while away from home if there's no internet, that's obvious.
The Sengled, the LIFX, the Cree bulbs, and all the other brands, running on wifi, zigbee and z-wave; do they all call back to the mother ship out on the internet? Do only some of them do this? None of them? What about the labels I define on the devices? (kitchen ceiling, reading lamp, bed side lamp, front hall light) is that all uploaded "to the cloud."
Thank you for your replies, and helping me clear this up.