Apologies if this is a repeat, I searched and couldn’t find this exact information anywhere else.
If you are a newbie like me you’ll be confused by the references to something called CoRE or WebCoRE. Here’s what I’ve learned:
- CoRE isn’t shorthand for WebCoRE - they are two related but different things.
- CoRE and WebCoRE are smart apps that you can install in SmartThings, that you can use to make rules to control stuff. They are very powerful and give you a huge amount of control to make complex rules.
- Rules in both CoRE and WebCoRE are called pistons.
- CoRE doesn’t appear to have been updated in some time. WebCoRE looks like it is maintained and more up-to-date.
- BUT WebCoRE isn’t just the updated version of CoRE. You can only make WebCoRE pistons through the web interface, not directly on the app in SmartThings. With CoRE you can make the pistons right in the app. Also, with WebCoRE you are actually writing code, as vs. following a set of questions to guide you through the process in CoRE.
- It sounds like WebCoRE is much more powerful than CoRE, which makes sense as you are actually writing the code for your piston. The web interface is GUI-like but on my first pass I found it a bit confusing to use. CoRE was pretty straightforward.
- There is a definite learning curve with both. I have made a couple of trial pistons in CoRE following examples and they worked and I think I get it. BUT I haven’t yet succeeded in making my own piston to control my garage door and this doesn’t seem like it should be so hard.
Experts, if I’ve gotten any of this wrong, please chime in and correct me.