So I signed on today because I’ve started integrating HomeKit with my SmartThings system, and I’m curious whether anyone knows if the iDevices Socket works with SmartThings as well as all the others?
We’re starting to see a number of devices that can bridge between ST and HK, like Belkins’ Wemo devices. Now that Apple has provided software APIs that let IoT mfgs implement Apple-level security without a physical chip, more HK devices are entering the market.
I’ve started deploying the Wemo Mini Switches around my home, replacing the old GE Z-Wave swithches. HomeKit can control the Wemos, as can ST, even though it’s not listed as a compatible system. This lets me use the Wemos as trigger devices in ST routines, and then initiate automation through Siri. I can do a lot with Alexa, but I’ve always been concerned about security with Alexa, so I really limit its access to our IoT network. With Siri on my Apple devices, I have far fewer security concerns, and I find that Siri is generally more useful and “smarter” than Alexa.
I’m also finding that the Wemos are a lot more responsive and stable than the Z-Wave switches (smaller too). Plus, Costco is selling Wemo two-packs for $30, so I was able to by 8 new devices for what a couple of Z-Waves would cost.
So far the only problem I’m having with HK is that it’s not correctly updating presence when my wife and I both leave home. It seems to be registering our presence by WiFi/cellular connection instead of counting us outside the geo-fence.
I’m going into the Apple Store to ream their “geniuses” about this, but if anyone here knows a solution, please let me know. Also if anyone knows whether the iDevices Socket works with ST. Thanks.