Sorry for the long reply, but I feel there’s a lot to tell…
I’m still using mySmartBlinds with the hub. I was still having scheduling problems with their sun tracking feature. The idea behind sun tracking is that once you set the schedule to close at say, 6pm, the schedule will automatically change that close time to adjust for the seasons based on what time the sunsets relative to your initial scheduled time. And same for opening in the morning relative to sunrise. The feature would work for a while and eventually get completely mixed up and open and close at inappropriate times. I eventually gave up on the feature. But I also have had issues with the schedules not being properly removed. So I had ghost events from schedules past. I eventually got rid of them by hard resetting all my units. I probably should have done that sooner, but I was reluctant to dismount each blind to get access to the unit again for the hard reset procedure on all 9 blinds. I now avoid schedules altogether.
Now as for the hub, I have one hub and nine blinds. Arguably, the hub should be close enough to all of them, but I have the occasional issue of a blind not responding. I’m unsure if another hub would improve this. But I also think the Alexa integration has a limitation controlling more that 7 blinds at once. So this could also be an API related problem.
Right now there is no official ST integration but this should entirely be possible with the hub and their existing API that they are using for their Alexa skill. They just need to do it. Oh, and that Alexa skill is so cumbersome to interact with. “Alexa, tell mysmartblinds to close the kitchen window.” I believe ST integration would make all these pain points mostly evaporate because you could use ST scheduling, rules and Alexa commands that are more natural.
With all that said, I like the low profile of the solution. You can’t tell they are there… except for the slim solar panel if you look closely. But I really like the solar panel feature. No wiring to a power source and no recharging needed.
I did have to reset a unit because it had a power problem, but it was a glitch. I think somehow the unit was draining power faster than it could recharge despite plenty of sun. I also did have to manually recharge two other windows this winter because the lack of sun and I may have been using the units more than usual because of the ghost schedules. I may need to place the panel on those windows a little lower down the window to catch more sun.
So yes, a lot of complaints. I think ST integration (a so far, undelivered promise) is essential to make the solution live up to smart home enthusiasts expectations. I’m also not sure how much I’d be willing to pay for the experience I’ve had. I also would be wary of any new product for blinds… I think they’ll all have these growing pains.
I get the sense that a lot of mySmartBlinds issues could be resolved with better developers. It seems like they probably outsourced the software development to a company who also outsourced it, and there may be no budget to keep improving the software.
You are probably taking the right approach by dipping your toe into this with only one window. It might even be worth trying a few solutions. You can probably recoup some of your cost on the second hand market if you don’t like something you try.