Well here is my ten peneth
STT has been a great introduction for me into the world of home automation.
My devices include
10 STT Outlets
1 STT Moisture sensor
23 STT Motion Sensors, mix of v1, v2 and 2x v3
4 STT Multi sensors
3 STT Presence Sensors
6 LIFX Bulbs
3 Fibaro Door/Window Sensors
9 Fibaro Double Switch 2 FGS-223
1 Fibaro Double Switch FGS 222
6 Fibaro Single Switch 2 FGS-213
1 Fibaro Multi-sensor
1 Ring Doorbell Pro
I have adopted a mix of Smart Lighting SmartApps and webCoRE to automate many use cases.
I also use 45 Simulated Switches for various things like simple switch to encapsulate multiple motion sensors in a room, encapsulate real switches to automate room modes, Cleaning, Movie, Guest, Vistors modes etc
Oh yes Alexa, Battery Monitor, Genius Hub, IFTTT, LIFX, Harmony, ring integrations as well.
Overall this has been a relatively painless journey thanks to STTs friendly interface and integrations and with CoRE and then webCoRE providing a very reliable platform to develop the use cases to automate.
Now I am at a crossroads, and questioning the fundamental dependency of STT on cloud/ internet.
Also more recently this decision has been highlighted even more by the recent poor firmware updates pushed by the STT team and the train crash of the SmartThings Connect app.
A member of the support team even suggested turning on OTA to ‘improve’ the STT motion sensors I have. Little did I know the device firmware ‘upgrades’ would involve so many replacement batteries.
I am rambling now but to conclude thanks to STT for the introduction to Home automation. It has been amazing but I am now gravitating away. As someone here stated earlier Home Automation should indeed be that, local, secure and safe and not totally dependent on the cloud.
Can someone more eloquent than me kindly explain why the STT hub has to utilise the cloud to turn a local zwave switch on when a motion event is generated from a zigbee motion sensor? Isnt that the responsibility of the hub?
Anycase I am ‘tinkering’ with a Raspberry Pi and hass.io and MQTT to explore an alternative perception on Home Automation. This will provide access to the devices I have on STT before considering my next steps. Has anyone else here done this? Experiences? Advice?
Oh I am awaiting a Hubitat hub to be delivered. Then I will remove a few of the various devices from STT and move across to the Hubitat to run some initial tests and automations.
Has anyone done this as well? Suggestions? Pointers? Advice is always welcomed.
So thank you STT but I feel now I am moving away…
Happy New Year to you all