There’s exactly one smart outlet on the new and supposedly improved compatibility list, and it happens to be created by you folks.
One reason I went with SmartThings is you basically promised a very open environment, supporting Z-Wave and Zigbee. Now we’re finding out that environment isn’t so open.
I need to get more outlets and frankly, the SmartThings outlet is too expensive. I am currently using a GE outdoor outlet that works with ST and thinking of buying another. Now, I’m thinking I need to go outside of ST to a wifi device, because I don’t know if I can count on support for “non-compatible” devices in the future.
Yeah… With the new Hue motion sensor and the increasing number of homekit devices, I am on the way out when it comes to smartThings. I find that much of what I do isn’t that “smart” and all I really need is a few macros and schedules to make my house appear to be smart.
The whole point with Zigbee and Z-Wave is everything works with everything.
Adding proprietary stuff into this breaks it.
That’s like Tim Berners-Lee saying, “Here, there’s this great markup called HTML. Go forth and create the Web”, and then each browser company creating their own proprietary variation of it. Well, OK, let’s ignore that Google has tried some variation of that through time…but the analogy still holds.
No, there are no plans to limit compatibility to the devices that we/Amazon have certified for this integration. It was important to Amazon (and us) during the development of the integration that we could prove that some of the more popular devices work well.
I guess I’m missing something here…What changed? I don’t see any announcement, nothing on the blog, etc. Did the integration between Alex and ST change? I see what you guys are referring to, but I have no idea where it’s coming from? Or is that the point…compatibility changes that were silently made?