Answer is probably obvious, but just in case I’m missing something…
I need to purchase 3 new fans for a rental property we’re setting up. Haven’t bought fans in a while; apparently at some point fans stopped coming with remotes and now you have to buy them separately. I want the fans to be controllable by Alexa, and possibly Smartthings or Hubitat.
Home Depot has a “Universal Smart Wi-Fi 4-Speed Ceiling Fan Remote” that is “Smart by Bond”. They’re pricey, at $60 each. Including the one existing fan we already have, that would be $240 just in remotes.
Or I could buy the Bond hub at $99 and just get 3 cheapo remotes for the new fans, for about $190.
The $50 savings is nice, but is there any advantage to the Smart By Bond remotes vs the Bond hub? I would think the hub would be preferable in a number of ways, but since I don’t have any personal experience with any Bond products, thought I would ask here in case there’s something I’m not aware of.
Related question, if I go with the hub & dumb remotes, is there any particular generic fan remote that works best with the hub (or any I should stay away from), or are they pretty much all the same?
Thanks in advance.