Hey folks - I'm diving deeper into the smart home, and I've eyed Hubitat as the unit I want administrating everything I have and will have going forward (currently door locks, lights, thermostat - but have more I want to add on).
I've been reading heavily into this topic, but I'm still feeling very unclear on how remote access could work with Hubitat.
Day to day smart home use with a parent layer above Hubitat like Google Home or Apple Home - essentially the 'simple home controller' - it wraps up all of the complex rules and settings and integrations so that, on a day to day, I just use a very simple interface to activate or turn on/off different things. I read on how to do this - integrations seem perfect for what I need with Hubitat running the show under the hood.
While this seems simple to operate while in my house, I'm unclear how this works remotely - lights, temperature, and door locks would ideally be accessible from something like Google Home or Apple Home on my cell phone.
From what I'm reading, I need to purchase something like an Apple HomePod Mini (and am unclear on Google) to get this to happen (as one example)? I would like to dumb the system down hardware-wise as much as possible besides any complex software operations I place within Hubitat.
Can someone please confirm... I'm off the deep end in information overload on how these systems interact, specifically in a remote nature. I foresee the perfect in-home setup, but am afraid of investing in these systems without knowing what remote access options/limitations I'm facing.