Connecting Phillips Hue lights without an internet connected router
July 26, 2014 1:51 PM Subscribe
I'm currently setting up for my wedding reception tonight, and we'd planned to use our Philips Hue bulbs for lighting. We brought our router, hub, and lights, but the venue only has wifi, and it looks like the router needs an internet connection to have everything working. HALP. Details inside.
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Ok, here's what we have: 15 Hue bulbs, the Hue hub, a Motorola Surfboard cable modem/router (SPG6782-AC), a Lenovo Thinkpad, two network cables, a Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 with Hue apps, the correct amount of power cords, and internet access via either the venue wifi (very slow) or via the phone's wifi hotspot mode (pretty zippy, by comparison).
We were idiots and thought that we could just plug the hub into the router and have it work normally without internet (assuming the router/hub combo would allow the wifi/zigbee magic to flow), but didn't test it beforehand. So... It doesn't work. If any of you have suggestions of how we might get control of our lights with what we have on hand, please let me know.
It looks like this post
has a partial solution, but it's a bit too technical for me to parse. If it seems like it might be workable and anyone could direct me to info about that process that's a little bit more novice friendly, I'd love it.
Thanks in advance!