I’ve gone through a few dozen threads about this already, and it’s annoying to me that SmartThings / Samsung ignores something that every other smart home company has - GUEST ACCOUNT ACCESS. Seriously, “SmartThings is the easiest way to turn your home into a smart home.” Adding a simple guest account for someone to use sounds pretty easy, or how about turn on this switch if the temperature is X outside? Oh wait, I have to install 10 different SmartApps to get the functionality I want that should already be programmed into it.
Without this community, I feel ST would be dead. And maybe that’s the problem - maybe the community does so much that ST just sits back and watches instead of implementing features that people are asking for.
Anyway - Rant over.
This is what I want to do, maybe someone can help me out. I want an APP (not a web browser based app) that I can connect to my SmartThings, to allow access to only certain devices for certain users. I am going out-of-town this weekend, and someone is going to be coming over to check on animals (cats) and get the mail.
Presence sensors are not an option. They are too unreliable and I’ve already had issues with them. Even simple ones like “Turn on this light when X arrives” never works even. Or the garage door tries to kill me because it thinks I’m 20 blocks away due GPS signal bouncing around.
IFTTT: I signed up, took me about an hour to find the “Applets” I created. I found about a thousand suggestions, every page, more suggestions on awesome stuff to do, just not a section / page on how to USE the stuff I created. Kept telling me to look on my home page, ummmm: Okay. All I see is more suggestions. Anyway - it does not appear I can invite people to see / view my Applets.
I also tried ActionTiles, and, no. Just no. There’s not a mobile App, it uses a web browser. Mobile browsers are horrible and rarely function correctly. That’s why we have an Appstore now. I did try it though, I set it all up, but commands were taking 10+ minutes to execute, if the page would even load properly. Cellular and/or on home wireless - I have GigaPower (1000 / 1000 Mbps), there is no excuse for the lag. The ST hub is near instant when I give commands.
So am I just asking too much here? Is this something that is not reasonable to do or ask for? If I have to learn to code and make an app that will do this, then so be it. But I can’t believe that ST has been around this long, that no one else has come along to take on that challenge. I had AT&T Digital Life before (still do, but didn’t want to pay monthly for the smarthome stuff), and it had these simple features - and that’s AT&T!
tl;dr: Is there a different solution to providing access to my ST without creating an account through Samsung, and also, isn’t IFTTT, ActionTiles and/or Core.