[NOTE: In lieu of a better grasp of established terminology,
in this thread…
‘1st-Party’ = my SmartThings system.
‘2nd-Party’ = my Amazon Alexa system.
‘3rd-Party’ = other home automation gear that doesn’t work directly with SmartThings, but which I have configured in Alexa, and get to it from SmartThings that way.
e.g. Monster Smart Color LED Light Strips, Merkury Light Bulbs, etc]
Like many of you, I am using my Amazon Alexa system as a bridge to enable my SmartThings system to interact with certain brands/models of home automation gadgets that don’t have their own native SmartThings integration but do work with Alexa (I know I could probably do some of this with my Google Home system acting as the ‘bridge’ as well, but I just haven’t done much with that system yet).
I have many such automations configured in webCoRE, etc.
First, here are some of the things I CAN do (then I’ll tell you what I can’t do)…
I can have basically almost anything in SmartThings trigger almost anything in Alexa when the automation begins on the SmartThings side. This is great!
I can touch almost anything in SmartThings from Alexa when the automation starts on the Alexa side AND when that automation only begins with Alexa directly doing something with a ‘thing’ in SmartThings.
Here is what I CAN’T do…
Alexa does NOT offer the ability to begin an automation (Routine) on the Alexa side by monitoring for and reacting to something happening to/with an item in one of the ‘3rd-Party’ systems (e.g. Monster Smart).
When I create an automation in Alexa, since I can’t start it by using a monitored activity from one of my ‘3rd-Party’ gadgets (e.g. Let’s say, “When THIS MONSTER LIGHT STRIP TURNS OFF”) as the impetus for starting the automation, there appears to be no way of getting the status of any of the gadgets in these ‘3rd-Party’ systems sent over to SmartThings.
Here’s where/when this matters…
If I happen to interact directly with a device in one of my Alexa-connected ‘3rd-Party’ systems (e.g. via that 3rd-Party system’s Android app on my phone or whatever), it does what I want within that system, but it doesn’t tell SmartThings about it, and Alexa can’t be triggered by it. So, I can’t have Alexa send that status over to SmartThings either.
Of course, it’s not a big deal, and I know that the recommended behavior is ‘Don’t do that’. lol Still…
Have any of you found a way of getting the status of devices in your Alexa-connected ‘3rd-Party’ systems over to SmartThings?