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ELI5 - Uses of running hassio + ST?

(Kebel87) #1

Hi all,

I’ve heard some colleagues talk about Hassio and its integration with ST.

I’ve looked into hassio and think I understand what it’s for. However, I can’t see how it could be useful to run both Hassio and Smartthings.

Can anyone explain me like I’m 5?


Do you mean Home Assistant? (Their URL is or something else?

If you mean home assistant, I think the most common integration would be to use MQTT and the most common reason for that would be to get SmartThings access to zigbee devices and other protocols that are not supported by home assistant. On the home assistant side, you would be getting local operation and back up and restore utilities. But it’s going to require a strong technical background to put it together.

Although the people on the home assistant side tend to argue that their solution is easier than writing rules in SmartThings, I don’t think that’s objectively true, particularly with the advent of Webcore, which is essentially a scripting language for SmartThings.


(Kebel87) #3

Thanks for the detailed explanation. Yeah I’m a big fan of webCoRE and use it a lot. I got like 50 pistons running.

I was indeed referring to which seems to be getting a lot of attention but I couldn’t figure why I would want it.

From your explanation I get I could control some devices locally, which is good but honestly ST has been rock solid for me so I don’t see the point.

It’s like I wanted to find a need for Hassio for the challenge but didn’t find anything to justify it lol

EDIT: to be totally honest, I’m ultimately looking to justify the buy of a raspberry PI. Tons of project that seems fun but none of them I really need :rofl:


Tagging @ogiewon :sunglasses:

(Dan) #5

Best use I have found for a Raspberry Pi is to build a RetroPie classic gaming system.

I also use a Raspberry Pi to run Homebridge with the SmartThings Plugin. This provides Homekit capabilities for iOS users. I don’t really need it, but since I had a Raspberry Pi laying around, I figured why not.

I truly prefer the simplicity of the Arduino / ESP8266 micro-controllers. No operating system to deal with. Simple to write code for. Here is my project/platform for using these micro-controllers with SmartThings.

(William Bond) #6

Let me tell you why I use both…

  1. I am a Samsung fan, I have a Galaxy Edge, 4 Smart TVs and I’m working on getting the vacuum and upgrading some of my major appliances next.
  2. The smartthings security sensors in my opinion are (a) some of the best, (b) cheaply priced and (3) have more sensor data than some others.
  3. There really isn’t a reliable solution for Zigbee devices right now on the home assistant platform, so a hub is usually the preferred method. (By this i mean a reliable usb dongle that accepts a large variety of devices)
  4. There are a few devices that don’t fully integrate into home assistant but have third-party solutions that do work with smartthings.

Hope that helps!