I have been lurking around SmartThings for a while waiting for hub v2. I have been using HomeGenie software on my PC the past year (also runs on RPi). I have a few old X10 devices that got me by the past year (mainly just setting up some cron-based light timers when we were away from the house more than a day). I don’t want to spend $40-60 per light switch for z-wave (which HG supports via USB Z-stick). Was hoping to find a way for HG to control $15 Zigbee bulbs but it doesn’t support Zigbee. I tried OepnHAB a couple times and it was a pain in the neck I thought. HG is much easier and allows writing plugins with a point&click script, or C# or Python or Ruby.
I’ve got a couple arduinos (actually one is Adafruit Huzzah ESP8266 running arduino). Its in my garage with 2 cheap magnetic door sensors for garage doors, motion, temp and humidity. The other monitors my basement sump pump plus motion/temp/humidity and rear door. HG polls each device via web server and they send simple JSON data to HG, which it parses super-easy. I can’t see spending $30 on one z-wave door sensor that does only that; when one simple arduino can do so much more. Only problem going forward is finding a nice enclosure/box for all these arduinos I’d like to scatter around our house. Ball of wires is okay in garage and basement, but not gonna work in the family room too much longer
My long term plan has been to switch to STv2 so I don’t need PC running all the time plus get all the radios in one box (and hopefully still be able to hack around with code and arduinos). Ditch X10, use the Zigbee bulbs. I might exploe using X10 via an arduino so I can keep ReX-10 the RoboDog at least.
Arduinos will hopefully still serve web JSON data to ST. I played around with the ST IDE and it looks like I can pretty easily replace my HomeGenie C# plugins with ST SmartApps polling each Arduino web server. Only question is if I can have ST recognize my arduino sensors as actual devices so I can use them to control things (arduino motion sensor turns on Zigbee lightbulbs via ST hub, sump pump problem sends SMS to phone, etc). I don’t want to pay for a ST ThingShield for each either when a $10 ESP8266 device has WiFI builtin.
What do you guys think, is STv2 way to go???