I don’t have SmartThings in the house, yet, but I’m trying to figure out how to tackle one of my first projects. I live in a 2-unit building with a lamppost in front that plugs into a power outlet in the basement. I’d like to automate that outlet to turn on a sunset and off at a certain time, which I’m pretty sure I can do with IFTTT. The problem is that I’d also like to allow someone in either unit to turn the light on for some period of time, and for that to interact reasonably with the automatic schedule. For example, we should be able to make the light stay on later if we have guests who will leave late.
Failing that complex solution, I’d settle for a way for someone in either house to turn the light on and off manually, without also giving the neighbors access to all the other devices in our unit.
- SmartThings hub
- Raspberry Pi
- whatever outlet controller is best
- Asus RT-N66U wifi router
- All the Internet
I’m completely unfamiliar with SmartThings and generally unfamiliar with home automation (other than one pair of Insteon dimmers), but I’m a professional coder, so I can roll-my-own if needed.
Thanks for any suggestions.