I’m just starting out with ST and deciding on what sensors, add-ons, etc that I need. In my research, looking online, and learning from places like these forums, it appears that Zigbee and Zwave are the best and most reliable options (at least at this point…obviously when BT is activated it may be another option). In attempting to form a plan of add-ons, I’m realizing that I have a choice of whether to attempt to keep as many of the add-ons as possible within the same “technology language” ie Zigbee or Zwave or if it doesn’t matter as both are supported. I began to wonder if the system performs better that way, if it’s advantageous for the future for some reason as other protocols become more available (I’m particularly thinking of Thread/Zigbee but maybe others), or if it really makes absolutely no difference one way or another. I thought the best way would be to ask in this community what you think, what you use, what your experiences are, if both protocols work equally well, etc. I don’t know if it matters but I’ll give the basics of what I have already:
Several Philips Hue lights in different areas of the apartment (all Gen 1 as I have no interest in Apple products or compatibility…if Gen 1 vs 2 affects ST, please let me know)
Nest thermostat, recently purchased, which I plan to soon install. If there is are any issues with it working with my heating system, I’ll have to switch to something like the Zen Thermostat, although the Nest company says it will.
Items in the ST Starter Kit (socket, sensors, etc)
I’ll be adding more sockets, multi sensors, humidity capable sensors, water sensors, compatible smart lock for doors, video cameras for live monitoring and possibly security, and I’m not entirely sure beyond that. But at least that’s some idea in case it has a bearing on your thoughts as to what might work best together.
Any information about your experiences, knowledge of the systems/technologies, differences, what you use in your setups, any “best practices”, ideas, thoughts etc would be super helpful in my learning and planning what to use. Thanks so much for your help and kind spirits. The people in this community are really quite extraordinary and I’m so grateful.