Different things work for different people, so it will help if we know a little bit more about the use cases you are trying to solve. And what country you are in. And what kind of budget you are considering. And your tolerance for devices that may take a lot of work to get set up properly.
For example, just with Multi sensors the price will range anywhere from $10 to $90, but the very cheap ones may require a lot more maintenance overtime. And the very expensive ones may have features that you don’t need.
The device class features FAQ might be of interest (the topic title is a clickable link)
Budget: I’d guess under $100 per item, except for the door lock. Up to $300 on the lock.
Turn on a light automatically (very quickly) without someone having to press the on button (Caseta switches).
Turn on a fan if the humidity is too high.
Turn the light off after x minutes of inactivity.
Automatically unlock when the mode changes to ‘home’.
Automatically lock when the mode changes to ‘away’ or ‘night’.
Different codes for different people.
Turn individual port on/off.
I want to install the strips into a closet, then turn them on when the door is opened.
Just notify me when
I’m all for doing some work to get them working, but I have no experience creating DTH or anything like that. I am not a programmer =)
Unfortunately, smartthings has made the decision that in the new app there will be no way to automatically unlock a lock except by time of day. Or of course open the app and tapping the lock icon.
This is a huge change from the classic app where you could set the lock to unlock for any event that smartthings could recognize, including geopresence or mode. ( I myself am quadriparetic, so a hands-free lock was the very first home automation project I was looking for. )
We’ve been told the classic app will be removed eventually, but no timeline has been given.
We’ve also been told that the lock decision is intentional for “security” reasons and they want people to use the new “access key” fob instead. But that doesn’t solve my own issues.
You can do that with the classic app. But once we are all forced to the new app, you will no longer be able to do that. So since locks are expensive, that’s why I mentioned you might want to choose a multi platform lock so you could continue to do that in the future even if smartthings removes that feature. As they currently plan to do.