Yeah, I wouldn’t buy them at 55 either, and there were folks that warned me here and didn’t listen. That will teach me! At least I still get a chuckle every time my wife drives. She wouldn’t allow me to touch her baby, as you might imagine for reasons related to ‘Home Automation’, so after I plugged the Automatic in her car she started saying. Did you hear that? I really don’t like this new car that tells me how to drive. Every time I accelerate beeps at me. I need to stop pushing it that hard. Sure you do darling!
I have the v2, but is still not fully backed. And it comes with a catch 22. You can let automatic ‘manage’ your bluetooh, but that means no battery or manage your own bluetooth and that means no automatic. Among other issues…
If you are looking for a way to control those RGB LEDs you buy cheap from amazon!
Emerwave z-wave plus in wall relay module
Don’t forget about the Automatic integration with SmartThings
That’s the zwave plus dual model, and works well with smartthings with the following DTH:
Man, I wanted to get one of these, the new version. But it’s not as cheap as the monoprice ones when they are on sale. I only need 1 more that I hadn’t planned on, maybe, just maybe…
Requires neutral. Did you know that approximately 80% of the houses in the US do not have neutral wires at their switch boxes? Mine included.
So, is there a better deal than $99 on the Amazon Tap today? That’s the price I see on the web, but if it’s cheaper ordered through Alexa, I’ll wait until I get home.
That’s why you mount this at the light .not at the switch. Just for those with “old” wiring and only a loop to the switch
Yale Real Living Zwave Lock with deadbolt. Backordered if purchased from Amazon, but its like $160 bucks after 20% prime day discount.
Yet “we” are always commenting on using/needing a non ST controlled outlet to plug the hub into so it can be powercycled and reset remotely when hub “malfunctions” .
Good point! Yes, it could be used for that.
Not working anymore
Can’t have other deals, other than the gift card one, also make sure you have the visa selected as payment option. Supposed to work till midnight.
Don’t know why not working, I had one item, not other deals and I had my Amazon Visa selected.
Says “expired” not invalid. So not sure why it will not work for me.
Nah, the hub has batteries for backup power.
You can remove them.
Here’s my solution for Iphone users
IDEV0001P5 switch and an APC back up
Remove batteries from the hub, Plug the switch into the APC back up.
You’ll have battery back up and the ability to power cycle
This has been much discussed in the forums.
The V2 does indeed have batteries which will last for three or four hours.
The issue that arises is that occasionally after SmartThings pushes out a firmware update, the devices at a customer’s home will stop working and the recommended solution is to powercycle the hub.
That’s fine if you yourself are physically in the same building and are capable of doing that. (I myself am quadriparetic with limited hand function, and cannot push buttons.)
But maybe you’re traveling. Or maybe the hub is at a vacation home or a rental property hundreds of miles away. So how can you force a reboot? As you mentioned, if the hub is on batteries it will just go to battery status and that will not force the reboot.
There is a reboot option in the IDE, but if the hub is not responsive that won’t do you any good.
So quite a few community members have plugged their hub into a networkable switch which is usable even when SmartThings is unavailable. Commonly a WeMo switch, but the switch discussed up thread also works and is less expensive.
To use this method, you have to take the batteries out of the V2 hub.
So then some people go one step further and add a UPS as well. But still one that can be powercycled remotely even if SmartThings is down.
So the use case here is not about providing alternative power to the hub. Rather it is about providing a method to power cycle the hub when it is nonresponsive.
As I mentioned, much discussion in the forums. The following is a typical thread.