Connecting IoT Hub connected device to IoT Central App

Rick Kotermanski 21 Reputation points

New to IoT Central, but experienced with Azure IoT Hub. We have a working MQTT based connection of devices to IoT Hub and we would like to experiment with their use in IoT Central. From what I have been able to understand so far, there is not a way to directly connect IoT Central to IoT Hub provisioned devices without "something" in between.
Is there a better or recommended / best way to implement this scenario? (I've searched documentation and forums and it would. appear that the IoT Central Device Bridge and associated configuration would be needed?) Does the requirement to use DPS mean that there needs to be some component in between (or the device needs to support DPS to locate and make the connection?) Thanks!

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  1. Sander van de Velde | MVP 31,106 Reputation points MVP

    Azure IoT Central is a SaaS platform which brings it's own Device Provisioning Service, IoTHub and other Azure resources. Together, they provide a simple but yet powerful platform to register IoT devices and IoT Edge devices, show telemetry in charts and dashboards and offers rules and exports.

    This means you do not have to bring your own IoT Hub.

    If you still want to have your own IoT Hub and pass the messages to IoT Central, you need to build a 'bridge' like Azure IoT Central Device Bridge.

    The internal IoT Hub is not directly exposed. You iether need to generate the (DPS) credentials for IoT Central devices yourself and used them to connect or use the (DPS) secrets provided at application level so you can create device connections from one single point (as seen in the bridge example).

    You talk about a MQTT based connection. Is this a MQTT connection without using the SDK? Keep in mind that connecting to IoT Central works best with the SDKs provided.

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  2. Ziggy Zulueta 490 Reputation points MVP

    hi, i wanted to ask if there is a way to connect devices from Azure IoT Hub to Azure IoT Central?