I feel that peoples views and experiences with ST can go either way. Mine overall has been a very positive one so far. I’ll admit I am only just starting into my second year of owning ST. When looking back I can say that over all things have gotten better in my opinion from when I first started. Of course there are still issues or events or bit if downtime that make some upset. I believe its growing pains and in the grand scheme of things this is still a new company in a very new market. Yes they have the backing of large company but its still going to take time to sort things out as you can’t just throw money at something to make it instantly better.
Heres a little info for you on my setup and what I use.
Z-Wave Door Locks and Presence Tags
I have z-wave door locks that I use the ST presence tags to remotely unlock. If you search you will find that presence tags are another sore spot for some users. I’ll admit I wasn’t happy at first. But after I bought a couple of Zigbee plugs to strengthen my mesh, sorted out some wifi interference issues I can say that for the last 8 months they have been rock solid for me. Yes the battery life isn’t what we all hoped for but my thinking on this is I can get a case of batteries off of Amazon for next to nothing and then maybe every three months I have to invest about 30 seconds of my time into changing the battery in the tag. I can live with this as the convenience off never having to unlock my doors outweighs any minor problems I might have.
Z-wave Switches, Dimmers and Motion
I have a bunch of z-wave lights switches, a few motions sensors and some lamp dimmers. All of these are awesome as you can can pretty much do anything you want with them, lights turn on ass you arrive, turn off at night, come on with motion etc.
I have two Amazon Echos and the integration with ST is amazing. Now I can simply say a command to turn on or off lights. Have modes changes with commands, have lights turn on when the alarm goes off in the morning.
Again the integration with this suits my needs. I can have the heat turn up in the morning on days where my alarm goes off and I have go early, or using my presence tags as soon as the house isn’t occupied it goes into Away saving me energy. It proves to me more effective then relying on the built in sensor on the thermostat itself to judge if the home is occupied or not.
Again this just a couple of examples of what I do with my setup and I wanted to post just to simply show that there can be great experiences out there as well. Im glad that you are excited about your new hub, I was too and I am extremely happy with my choice of ST. The best part is this community and the amount of smart apps and custom devices available on here. There are a lot of dedicated people who share their handwork will everyone that only makes ST even more robust and enjoyable.