1. SwitchBot Hub works as a bridge

Currently, we can simply sort all SwitchBot devices into two categories:

  1. Wi-Fi devices: with a Wi-Fi module inside, like SwitchBot Hub Mini, SwitchBot LED Strip Light, etc. The other does not have a Wi-Fi module inside; hence they are Wi-Fi unsupported, such as the SwitchBot Bot, SwitchBot Meter, etc.
  2. Bluetooth device: Regarding the SwitchBot device that cannot connect to the internet directly, we can consider them a SwitchBot Bluetooth device. SwitchBot Bluetooth device can be accessed and controlled directly via cellphone within the Bluetooth range. The SwitchBot Bluetooth devices are unsuitable for connecting to Wi-Fi networks due to signal interference, power energy consumption, etc.

But that does not mean we cannot connect the SwitchBot Bluetooth device to the network. If we have a SwitchBot Hub device connected to the same account, we can build a network bridge for the SwitchBot Bluetooth devices, allowing them to be connected to the network indirectly.

We can simply go to the settings page of SwitchBot Bluetooth devices and turn on their Cloud Service option to enable more features for them. Hub-Mini-Cloud.png

 

After turning on the Cloud Service for the SwitchBot Bluetooth devices, we can remotely control them even if we are out of the Bluetooth range. We can also control the SwitchBot Bluetooth devices over third-party platforms like Alexa, Google Home, Siri Shortcuts, IFTTT, etc.

Here is how this works. When we turn on the Cloud Service for the SwitchBot Bluetooth devices, they will communicate with the SwitchBot Hub via Bluetooth. The Hub is communicating with the SwitchBot Cloud via a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network. Every time we try to control a SwitchBot Bluetooth device over the cellphone, the command will go to the SwitchBot Cloud first. Then it will be forwarded to the SwitchBot Hub. The Hub will tell the corresponding Bluetooth device what to do via Bluetooth signal when it receives the command. Please refer to the sketch below.

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2. Control old IR appliances via Hub devices

The SwitchBot Hub Mini and Hub Plus can do more than build a network bridge for the SwitchBot Bluetooth device. There is an IR receiver and emitter inside the Hub Mini and Hub Plus. This allows them to learn many IR remote controls and to be used as virtual remote controls afterward. 

Here is how this works. We learn the IR signal to the SwitchBot Hub Mini or Hub Plus. Every time we try to control the corresponding IR appliance over the cellphone, the command will go to the SwitchBot Cloud first. Then it will be forwarded to the SwitchBot Hub. The Hub will emit an IR signal to control the corresponding IR appliance. Please refer to the sketch below.

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For your reference, SwitchBot Hub products have the following models:

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