Re: Connect directly to the Internet?
Errm that's just a wireless thermostat functioning in fallback mode. It isn't surprising Hive isn't advertising it - you're using it in the error/fallback mode, effectively the network link is down.
What is "smart" about it?
External triggers - Location, door close/open,motion based etc, remote/voice control, local weather based heating scehdule updates, pre/early-start depending on your own home's heating characteristics etc
I have hive heaving and use all of the above. You can't compare a wireless thermostat to the "smart" equivalent, they are hardly the same thing.