Hubitat Elevation Model C-8 Pro Home Automation Hub supports Zigbee, Z-Wave, and Matter devices

Hubitat has recently launched the Elevation Model C-8 Pro Home Automation hub with a Z-Wave 800 radio, a Zigbee 3.0 radio, Wi-Fi, and Ethernet connectivity that upgrade on the earlier C-8 model with more memory (2GB RAM), and a faster 2.0 GHz Cortex-A55 processor.

I’ve never written about Hubitat Smart Home solutions, but they seem to have an active community of users,  so I’ll check out their latest Elevation Model C-8 Pro gateway and what they have to offer in terms of software and device support.

Hubitat Elevation Model C-8 Pro gateway

Hubitat Elevation Model C-8 Pro specifications:

  • SoC – Arm Cortex A55 processor @ 2.016 GHz (that could be the Amlogic S905X3 found in the ODROID-C4 SBC)
  • System Memory – 2GB RAM
  • Storage – TBD
  • Connectivity
    • Ethernet RJ45 port
    • WiFi
    • Z-Wave 800 radio
    • Zigbee 3.0 radio
    • Matter support
    • 2x external antennas
  • Power Supply – 5V via USB-C port
  • Dimensions – 8.2 x 7.5 x 1.7 cm

Hubitat C8 Pro vs C8 vs C7

The Hubitat website has limited details about the hardware, so I had to go on Amazon to find a comparison between the C8-Pro, C-8, and C-7 models. So the only differences between the C8 Pro and C8 are the processor (2.015 GHz Cortex-A55 vs 1.416 GHz Cortex-A53) and the RAM (2GB vs 1GB). Stefan Dyulgerov, president of Hubitat, said the “new features in hub model C-8 Pro were driven by user feedback” in the press release, which probably means some users had quite a few devices connected to the previous generation C-8 gateway and 1GB did not cut it.

The Elevation Model C-8 Pro home automation hub supports Zigbee, Z-Wave, and Matter devices, as well as local network (LAN) and cloud devices from various manufacturers totaling over 1000 compatible smart devices. Configuration and control are done through a web browser or the Hubitat Mobile mobile app for iOS or Android, and the company provides step-by-step instructions to get started and even developer resources on the documentation website. The Hubitat hubs can also be integrated with Home Assistant and the company also provides a bunch of video tutorials (for people who don’t like to read…).

Hubitat user interface
Hubitat user interface

The company has different models for the US (48 States), North America, Europe, UK/Ireland, and NZ/Australia due to the different Z-Wave frequencies depending on the region. All variants cost $179.95 before shipping and taxes on Hubitat’s online store, but you’ll also find it on Amazon for $199.95.

Thanks to TLS for the tip.

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Hedda
Hedda
4 months ago

Which exact Zigbee SoC does it use?

Jeroen
Jeroen
4 months ago

I presume an old one, since they don’t seem to mention thread support

Hedda
Hedda
4 months ago

That might just be the firmware they choosen as is not a good idea to run Zigbee and Thread on the same chip at the same time (i.e. Multi-PAN/Multi-protocol) even if supported. Home Assistant have pioneered this and just now realized it is not stable enough for production if you add too many devices. They now recommend using seperate radio chips for each protocol.

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