We appreciate your understanding as the Internet of Things (IoT) market continues to evolve.- Connected by TCP
It wasn't that TCP Connect was better, it's that is was cheaper. SO MUCH CHEAPER. It was around $60 to connect my bedroom (rather than the $200 Phillips Hue would be). So I installed it and it was amazing.
Now TCP is a lightbulb company, not a technology company. So they didn't innovate, but their private API was really REALLY easy to reverse engineer so it I made a app for my Pebble Smartwatch. More recently I made a Homebridge (HomeKit) module for it. So while TCPi doesn't really provide support, I've always felt like I've had the latest and greatest technology.
TCPi announced this year they are done being a technology company and go back to being a lightening company. Future smart bulbs will work with WeMo system and they shutdown their server. In their announcement they mentioned that since there server is shutdown, remote access will no longer work.
Except here is the thing, I have Apple Home which works remotely through my AppleTV. So event though my internet bridge is gone, my lights still work the exact same way they always have for me. It's cool - and I also look forward to buying WeMo smart lights at some point.