I’ve used Vera for many years. I have 50+ devices, lots of scenes, and some custom code. For those who know Vera, they also know that it can be annoying. Integration with Hue, Harmony Hub, and Echo are clunky. Google Assistant is non-existent unless I dig into a 3rd-party tool.
I also have a Pi running Openhab and another running Home Assistant. While both are set up at a basic level, I don’t have the time to dig into the time-consuming advanced setup.
ST strikes me as something much easier and potentially pleasant to use. With what I have been able to ascertain so far, I will miss local processing, a web interface, backup/migration (WTF), and advanced scripting unless I use webCoRE. I also found Active Tiles, but it does not substitute for a true web interface. Still, I have a ST Hub v3/2018 on order.
Regarding the backup, this thread discusses why “not”: Smartthing HUB Backup
So here are some questions:
- Though I read about people using Vera as a secondary Z-Wave controller, I have also read a thread about adding Vera to ST as a “thing”. Is it possible for me to simply connect Vera to ST, and Use ST to trigger devices/scenes already configured in Vera? This accomplishes couple things. Vera can backup Z-Wave. I can simply configure all of the devices in Vera and use ST to control. This also makes replacing/upgrading the ST easier in the future.
This is possible with Openhab and HASS. Once Vera is connected, I can use them to control what is configured inside Vera. There is also an “HA-Bridge” that allows Echo to control Vera Scenes and devices.
Is there another way to configure ST besides using a phone or a tab via the Connect app? I know there is no web interface, but does anyone have a 3rd-party desktop app?
Aside from printing out the list of devices and some config in IDE, are there other methods to backup in order to make a replacement or upgrade easier?
For those who came from Vera, do you find ST with webCoRE to be just as capable as Vera’s advanced scenes/Luup?