Well - as of last night I am. Received my kit yesterday and plugged it in.
I have an existing Z-Wave network of about 30 devices, so the first thing I wanted to do is setup the Smartthings Hub as a secondary controller. The Z-Wave documentation pointed mt to menus I could not find in the Smartthings app. Support told me it was because I am an Android user (this should be made clear in the Z-Wave docs). Anyways … they pointed me to the Z-Wave tools in the Smartthings Hub web interface (once again - not mentioned in any docs I could find).
I’m using the Open Z-Wave tools with a compatible USB stick. For whatever reason I could not get the Smartthings Hub set up as a secondary controller. (I’m not sure it was the Hub’s fault). So I ended up transferring the role of Primary Controller from USB to Hub and now all of my Z-Wave devices show up in Smartthings! Woooohoooo!
So now that I have my devices - here are my initial findings. I am using the Android app since I’m quite allergic to anything Apple-related…
- Need the Z-Wave tools in the Android app (obviously).
- You really need to add the device name to each of the circles in the UI. I now have 30 something devices and I have to click on the little gear to figure out what they are (and rename them).
- Often trying to change the Icon for a device does not stick - I change it and it just reverts back to default.
- I’ve created a few groups, which is easy and intuitive. What would be really great is an ability to add one device to multiple groups!
- I’ve found a few useful apps that enable me to turn specific devices on at Sunrise/Sunset etc. I need to determine whether there are apps that let me select GROUPS instead of individual devices.
- Lights turn on much faster and seem more responsive than my old Open Z-Wave setup (using the ZVirtualscenes open source server on a PC)
- The App has crashed on me a few times.
- I will keep using my existing setup (ZVirtualscenes) and Android app (Lightswitch) for the time being since the Wife Acceptance Factor is not there yet with Smartthings. I’m hoping the WAF is improved to the point where I can retire my old setup in future.
QUESTION: Why has the development of the iOS app had a higher priority than Android? I understand the business case etc for most apps, but given the development nature of Smartthings (it really is not just a simple, polished, plug and play solution yet), I thought the Android community would be a better place to start.