Edge and Local Control via API or App

Forgive me if I missed it somewhere… But what does Edge mean for local (manual) control of devices via app or API?

Specifically I am not referring to automations and devices within the ST ecosystem running locally, but either the ST app making a direct connection to the hub (when on the same LAN) or exposing APIs for direct access (e.g. Home Assistant, Hubitat, Homebridge (if a new dev remakes that integration), etc. connecting straight to the hub)?

Tagging @TAustin

There’s no mobile app access directly to the hub. But any Edge driver can implement whatever interface it wants to for connection to things on the LAN. However this is typically limited to device-specific interactions, not general SmartApp type capabilities (like subscribing to, and controlling any other SmartThings device.)

So anything that could be treated as a ‘device’ from those other platforms could certainly be implemented via an Edge driver using any kind of LAN-based protocol you wish - thereby having local integration and execution with SmartThings.


Got it. Thanks. That’s too bad on local manual control of devices. Would make me consider keeping ST around as a Z-Wave / Zigbee hub and and at least be able to do manual local control through a future LAN based Home Assistant or Homebridge integration. So sick of staring at this…

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Wish Smartthings would just acknowledge and fix it.


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