Full Hue Control Outside Of The Local Network

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As I mentioned in my last post, the Philips Hue system has the design limitation that it can only be controlled while connected to the same network as the bridge. Personally I turn off my phone’s wifi while on-the-go to save battery, and I don’t want to have to turn wifi on each time I come home just to control my lights. Or maybe I’ve just left the house and forgotten to turn the lights out, but am not quite in wifi range anymore to control them from my phone. Whatever the reason, there’s no point in saddling the Hue service with this network limitation when the technology exists for an easy fix.

My last project already demonstrates that it is possible to control the Hue from outside the local network. However, it was only performing two very specific actions with the bulbs: changing color to red/green and blinking the…

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