I just installed mine. Pretty easy to install. You need a neutral, just like any other smart switch. Don’t even bother getting it if you do not have a neutral. The instructions are OK if you do not have a ground but, you usually ground it through your metal box. My wiring in the kitchen has plastic boxes, which is fine since I have ground wires. On the line/load wires, they are interchangeable, which was interesting. In that respect, it is just like a normal on/off switch as they do not matter which is connected to where, you just need a neutral.
No, it is not going to be a dimmer. I heard an audible “click” on the on/off of the switch, which tells me it is a relay driving the on/off. Dimmers do not click.
It took me a couple tries to get it connected through the app. I got a couple 500 server errors. I imagine the Ecobee cloud is probably getting hit as people receive these switches. The second time was a charm. It probably was my fault. I have a seperate IOT network and my phone was on my normal one so I switched it over to that network and that time it worked.
After I got it registered, it did not appear in the Ecobee app so I shut off the app in my phone and restarted it. It showed up and the home screen changed a bit. It now shows the thermostat and all the sensors with it and then a tab on the bottom to change to your switches. I like the new view of the app since it shows more on the home screen. This also was the case on the web page.
Once the switch showed up, I could get into the settings of the switch. On the device Info, you can change the name to whatever you want and modify the location if you messed up during the setup. It will remember where your thermostat is located so it is easy to just set it to the one they have on file.
The button that looks like an atom is settings. Smart Off turns it off 15 minutes after no activity. Smart on turns it on when there is low light and someone walks into the room. Night light has it glow in the dark. These are all just on/off settings.
The microphone helps you set up Amazon Alexa. All you needed to do was enter your password. You can do more on the Alexa app once it is registered but it is like the Ecobee Thermostat. You cannot group it with other devices for playback. I did NOT see a way to set up Bluetooth, which you also do not have on the thermostat.
I did not see a way to get it into SmartThings. I am sure it will eventually happen. I just don’t want it to be like the Ring Floodlight. For most things, the settings will get you through at least the motion on/off.
I do hope its motion sensor and luminance sensor gets integrated into ST.
But, based on what I see, I might get one for the laundry room. Would be nice to remind myself to get bleach or fabric softener when I do the wash and the motion on/off and nightlight will be useful.