Yes, I read all of the literature Amazon supplies. I just can't tell if the "compatible device" (lightbulbs and outlets, in my case) requires it's own hub in order to connect to the Dot, or if say, a smart light bulb listed as compatible is the "compatible device" in and of itself. For example, do the Hue light bulbs require a dedicated, separate hub to be compatible, or are compatible light bulbs + Echo Dot the only equipment I need to be up and running? It's a Christmas gift for a disabled person and I'd like to be certain that I supply all of the needed equipment for the recipient to have voice command functionality, or if smart light bulbs and Echo Dot alone will suffice.
Some devices need their own HUB to communicate and connect to the outside world - some don't -
Usually the device will say, in some round about way, if a HUB is part of the req...
And some will work directly with Echo/Alexa - but some need a HUB or "bridge" for the Apple Siri world, but not for Alexa.
And... some could be controlled by Alexa directly for On/Off - but NOT for Color - but that is also changing with the versions of Alexa. So - some of the info, articles, and data might be true at some point in time, or now incorrect with upgrades to the Alexa software.
When you buy a device, it usually says, "will work with Alexa and no additional Hub is required". It may also say which Hub is required, if one is needed in addition. Like the one person said, it is a changing environment, so what's true today will change. The Echo Plus is the only Echo that has a Hub built into it, which allows more devices to work directly with Alexa than the other Echo's, but still doesn't cover every home automation device sold. The Echo Plus is a new Echo, so most products on the shelves currently don't know about it and still imply their ability to work with the standard Echo devices.
Ayayay. Okay, thank you. It sounds like this may involve some trial and error...
For the Echo Dot, you’ll need to purchase a bulb or smart plug that doesn’t require a hub (if you want to keep it simple or not purchase a bridge/hub). The following website link lists almost everything that works with an Echo device; scroll down a bit to the categories, tap Lighting, and look for bulbs that don’t require a hub. Link: http://smarthome.reviewed.com/features/everything-that-works-with-amazon-echo-alexa
For example, do the Hue light bulbs require a dedicated, separate hub to be compatible, or are compatible light bulbs + Echo Dot the only equipment I need to be up and running?
When used with just an Echo Dot, Hue bulbs require the bridge which is part of the starter kit. From this Hue webpage:
“Once you have the Alexa-enabled product of your choice and a Philips Hue starter kit, you're ready to go. Just screw the Philips Hue bulbs in your existing sockets, power up the bridge and connect it in the Amazon Alexa app. Watch the video to see how it works.”
The Echo Plus, which has a built-in hub, can connect to a Hue bulb without needing the bridge; though, for certain features, the bridge is necessary.