Hello all! Quarantine has given me a new hobby…spending money on Home Automation! Wife is not happy. Seriously though I have started the HA journey and quickly realized I most likely will need a HUB to do some stuff and am waiting on my ST hub to arrive, together with WebCore it would appear you can do just about anything you want. Right now I have 1 smart wall switch, 12 smart bulbs and couple smart plugs. everything is from Kasa TP-Link except for 3 bulbs which are from Tuya (candelabra, color changing ones) none of that may be relevant but thought I would add it. I control everything right now through Google smart speakers/ my Android phone or the app that came with the item.
HERE IS MY QUESTION- when the HUB gets here and I set it all up should I / do I need to (physically) remove all the bulbs, reset them all, unplug reset the plugs and just reset the wall switch then re- install / set them up in ST 1 at a time to forgo any issues during initial set up or is that overkill and ST will see it all and set it up with no issues? TIA.
The hub only establishes direct connections with zigbee and Z wave devices. Everything else is a cloud to cloud integration, so you probably won’t have to reset your existing devices. It works the same way you integrate things with Google – – you will sign into your KASA account from within your smartthings app and grant permission for the integration.
I’m not sure the Tuya bulbs are going to integrate, though.
Here is the one I am getting, I assume it is the newest one? Samsung GP-U999SJVLGDA 3rd Generation. Sounds good on the bulbs, THANKS. The other bulbs are actually DOGAIN which I think are the same as Tuya, maybe not. They can be controlled by the Smart Life app or Google so I should be Ok as far as voice operating them, I can now anyway or I can use the Smart Life app. Whole purpose of getting the ST hub is so I can ultimately control everything from a central point. Since I just started if I need to switch out just those bulbs then I’m OK!
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You don’t actually need the hub for devices like your Kasa TP Link or other WiFi/Cloud devices. See this first post for an explanation of when you need a hub and what you can do without a hub.