I picked up SmartThings a number of years ago mainly for the STHM.
So I can arm and disarm my house as the locations sensors leave and return, arm and lock my house at night, I have a tablets with ActionTiles on them to show me the status of all my doors, locks, windows, garage door, leak sensors, also I can see the temperatures of all my ecobee sensors.
That’s about the extent that I’ve needed SmartThings for up until now, haven’t needed it for lighting or many of the other things it can do.
I’m now looking to get 2 ceiling fans and some smart light switches and I’ve having trouble finding exactly what I want style wise and control wise that is SmartThings compatible. Everything is either Alexa, Google or HomeKit.
So I’m thinking I now need to run 2 home automation system. I don’t really want to change out SmartThings because I already have so many sensors and locks and tablet dashboards and the STHM works great. I’d still like to keep the core of the automation in SmartThings (unless Alexa or Google routines have far surpassed SmartThings automation, I’ve never used there’s).
I want to do some basic stuff like when my ecobee turns on (heating or cooling), I turn on my fans.
And when I push my light switches, it will turn on a light (either smart light or dumb light), but I don’t like the look of the z-wave switches, I much prefer the more modern looks of the C by GE switch or new Wemo switch, neither of which are SmartThings compatible but both are Alexa and Google compatible.
So my question is, which is going to be my best bet (Alexa or Google) for having SmartThings Automation control Alexa/Google devices (like a fan)?
And having Alexa/Google devices (like Wemo light switches) control SmartThings devices (like a z-wave light) and show their status in SmartThings (which I can then added to my ActionTiles dashboard)?
(I don’t want or need any voice control, everything is sensor, button or time based).
I’m guessing I could do that stuff all within Alexa/Google (not sure though), but I like the idea of having all my automation in one place and just having specific devices I can’t get for SmartThings in Alexa/Google.
Anyone have any recommendations of Alexa vs Google for having SmartThings Automation talk back and forth to their devices.
Sorry for the long post, hope all that makes sense