TWO QUESTIONS (DECEMBER 2018)
I need your help. I take the first steps in a smart home. Please give advice. Now December 2018, many things have changed. And I don’t want to take the wrong steps. Therefore, I ask for your help and hints.
About my SMART home project.
1. Step: I bought ORBI mesh wifi internet in Costco on Black Friday and my internet speed increased by 1000%. Actually now 10 times faster downloading! From 30 to 300Mb\s
2. Step: on Black Friday bought ARLO cameras and ARLO LED and will install them soon.
3. STEP received some new toys from Samsung:
-SmartThings Hub V3
-SmartThings Multipurpose Sensors ZigBee3
-SmartThings Buttons ZigBee3
-SmartThings Outlets ZigBee3
-SmartThings Motion Sensors ZigBee3
-SmartThings Water Leak Sensors ZigBee3
-Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt Zigbee Certified
-WaterCop Z-Wave Electric Actuator Motor (ZWACT) Protocol: Z-Wave (not ZigBee3 )
I read a lot about Z-Wave and ZigBee3 and I’m generally confused
QUESTION 1: What should I do now? I HAVE TO SOON BUY NEW switches and bulbs. But which ones? ZigBee3, so that my ZigBee network is strengthened or can I take both systems: Z-Wave and ZigBee3?
I heard that it is better for mesh to have 30 zigbee3 than 15 z-wave +15 zigbee. In your opinion, is it better to stay in the same system or to have both? I understand that Samsung Smartthings support both frequencies.
QUESTION 2 (most important!):
Now I need to buy switches and smart lights. I CAN’T CHOOSE FROM so many and many problems! What is the best and most reliable thing in December 2019?
should I buy a Philips bridge Hub (why?) or is it better (in the end 2018) without it? Why do I need hue hub at all? What are the advantages of Philips hub and led bulbs and how are they better or worse than others Sengled Element or others led?
What better way to have a smart switch and stupid light bulb, or should they both be smart? or just a light bulb should be smart?
If you started from zero in 2019 which direction would you go? I need your advice. I just take the first steps in a smart house. I do not want to make a mistake and buy everything and try to connect them together and constantly fight.