Alpha Opportunity: Browser-Based Web Portal

Who do we have to spam to get the word out? :wink:

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I’m seeing some very cool add-on’s in the browser app such as the mobile presence sensor (no idea why the regular app doesn’t show them). It’s also rendering custom controls :slight_smile:

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A little frustrating considering the browser app has a limited audience and most of us are limping along with the mobile apps. Let’s hope the tech behind the browser app is heading to the mobile apps.

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I don’t quite understand why this has been in a restricted state for over a year and a half and more people can’t get into the Alpha (or why this isn’t now a beta).

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Now you are just teasing us without access… :exploding_head:

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Personally I don’t use the portal because it offers less functionality than the mobile app, and I always have a mobile device with me, or a voice assistant close by, but regardless, here’s my perspective of the portal so far:

I’ve seen my mobile presence sensors there for a very long time, perhaps from the very beginning of release of the portal.

I’ve noticed some speed improvements, but there are still issues with device states and capabilities. I have several devices in the portal that are in an “unknown” state, but the mobile app is fine. When you look at a device in the portal with an unknown state, most of the capabilities say “undefined”, but again work fine in the mobile app.

The device tiles now look like they do in the new mobile app. I’m not sure when that changed, but there was a difference for quite some time.

You CAN NOT MOVE around Rooms in the Dashboard view, AND you can’t move around devices within a Room in the Dashboard view. This drives me crazy.

You CAN NOT MOVE devices around in a Room, even within the Rooms view, but you can drag and drop devices between Rooms and you can drag and drop devices to/from the Favorite section at the top of the Room. You still can’t arrange anything, which looks like it’s automatically sorted by device name, and if you put something in the Favorite section, it doesn’t show up in the same order in the Dashboard view as is does in the Room view.

Moving around Rooms in the Rooms view is very clunky. When you move a Room to where you think you want it, all the other Rooms around it shift in all directions based on the size of Room (I think). Arranging Rooms is a useless endeavor if you like any sense of order in your stuff.

The Automations “tab” does not show Automations that you can see in the mobile app. All that’s there are Scenes (only to move around into your favorites that show up in your Dashboard), and Groovy SmartApps.

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agree with these points. In its current state, the browser portal is not quite the savior many are looking for.

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They should work on more devices integration instead of wasting time with that

Any updates on progress towards a wider release? Its a long time since the last update and all seems to have gone very quiet. :pleading_face:

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Count me in… fifth

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Feel free to vote here

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i wish it would come out soon…

I’m tellin’ ya’ guys, it’s not all what you may think it should be. See my post above. You may (will) be disappointed with the web portal, unless there’s a whole lot more work put behind it in my opinion.

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I’m not looking configurations or complete control, just a page to put switches and such. Just like 3rd party apps are doing now.

The UI isn’t that sophisticated yet. You have a dashboard , which you can’t change much; and a Rooms view, which is extremely difficult, if not impossible to manipulate the way you want it.

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Yup i understand that its not complete yet. Maybe it will someday. Im not looking alpha/beta access. Just wanted to say that smartthings really needs web frontend.

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So this was started nearly 2 years ago…is this going anywhere or is it dead in the water? My guess is the later…

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