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introductions

(April Wong) #10

:smiley: Hey! Welcome to the community.

Did you meet @Jim at the IoT seminar? He’s my favorite! :smiley:


(Chuckles) #11


(Jody) #12

Hello Everyone,

Through a series of (un)fortunate events, my dad bought me a TRS-80 instead of a Nintendo Entertainment System. My dad had no clue what a video game was, and he did the best he could. What I ended up with was a system that let me create my own video games. Ever since I have wanted to hack things. I was connecting to Bulletin Board Sytems (bbs) when I was 12. I have been involved with or infatuated with technology and connecting to others via technology for over twenty years now. Today, I am walking around trying to figure out how to shoehorn the internet into every object I come across. I am addicted to data and an avid Quantified Selfer.


(Blake s) #13

Hi All!

Blake here, out of Raleigh NC. Currently treat ST as a way to control a DIY alarm system, and lights. I live in a 100 year old home with original wiring >yikes<. ST allows me to teach my old house new tricks. I work at Red Hat, I love Open Source, I love community projects… and i’m also an Apple Fanboy. Which makes my co-workers angry.

I have been lurking on this forum since November, and really appreciate how involved the community is. I see some people getting “fed-up”, and taking digs at ST out of frustration. I get it, this stuff is not cheap. I try and remind myself that it is NEW and exciting. We all want everything to work. I’m okay with the hiccups, and look forward to whats next with Hub2.

Nice to meet ya!

My life is: #music #apple #redhat #oldhouse #bluejays #nomeat #raleigh


#14

Well after staring at all the reviews about hubs till my eyeballs dried out I decided to try out ST. I just ordered stuff for my windows, doors, and lights plus a drop camera to try out. (We have issues with critters breaking into cars) im a jack of all trades kind of guy so I’m not as tech savvy as most here I imagine, since one of the pros to this system seems to be its openess to 3rd parties and such. I’m very excited to see how this works out and to see what else I can do with my house. hopefully I think I can wire some of the in wall stuff A without zapping myself and B have it work correctly. Well just wanted to say howdy.


(Dick) #15

Hello,
I’m just an old F___ (ST newbie) trying to keep up with the kids.
So far my sensors, light controls, and alarm seem to be working fine.
I have a Foscam F19821W camera on a Linear015Z outlet, so I can control the camera ON/OFF.
Camera records to my router NAS drive (SSD Samsung T1).
So far so good. My GE45631 keypad gives me device control at the entryway.
Currently my concerns are:

  1. Can I use the keypad to control MODES (to arm/disarm)?
  2. My wife does not have a smartphone…the keychain presence detectors seem to get bad reviews.
  3. How can my adult kids use the house when we are away?

Looking forward to expanding my knowledge & system.


SmartThings Presence Sensor Device--Working Well for Anyone?
(Devesh Batra) #16

Hi Smarthings Community,

i have been dabling with Home Automation for over 15 years, starting with X10 and have recently moved into a new home (nothing like starting fresh with lessons learned over the years)

My Setup consists of

  1. SmartThings Hub (died…waiting on v2 to buy new)
  2. 2Gig Panel (setup a secondary ZWAVE hub)
  3. Phillips Hue lighting (4 Color bulbs)
  4. 12 Zwave in wall switches
  5. 3 ZWave in wall dimmers
  6. 4 Lamp Modules for our Fish tank, Christmas tree and outdoor lighting
  7. 2 X10 lamp Modules (wife likes the old remote and ease of use - surrvied the 3 house moves)
  8. MyQ Garage door openers (2 gateways, one paired to 2Gig/ADC and the second was paired to the MyQ website)
  9. Nest thermostat (Zone 1)
  10. Trane ZWave thermostat (Zone 2)

Currently in the process of the following projects

  1. adding 4 Somfy motors to our Roman Shades with the ZWAVE to RTS gateway
  2. Installing 4 Aeotec Micro switches for our outdoor lights
  3. Korner door/window sensors (ETA May 2015)
  4. 10 Bright (getbrightswitch.com) ZWAVE switches to act as intercom and control lights in room (ETA June)
  5. Zigbee to RGB LED strip lighting in the kitchen or get the Hue Light strips
  6. IP cameras (still need to decide which ones and how to tie them into the system), may end up getting Blue Iris and a dedicated PC
  7. EcoVent install (ETA Sept 2015)
  8. Need to install 2 Touch pannels for easy management…
  9. Some system like mysmartblinds for the existing 2" wood blinds to automate them (waiting for them to open the ordering system)
  10. Automate our Cellular shade (15 ft high window) with a solar panel or get a replacement (its a cheap blinds2go unit)
  11. new automated blinds and curtains for the family room (18 ft long shades…), needing heavy motors

Hope i can complete everything this year as it would be perfect before the getting the house painted (already have a few holes in the wall from all the cable runs)


(Jlkamp) #17

Hello ST community,
My name is Joe and I have to confess I have never posted to any board, which for me sounds weird, because I am a tech geek. So onto my ST intro. After reading what seemed like a million reviews and articles. I decide ST was right for me. I have 18 things connected. I for the most part love it. I realize we are all on the ground floor of home automation, so I find myself more patient than I normally would be. Seems the last week or so there has been alot of issues. Not sure I should post them on this thread.


(Chuck Pearce) #18

Hi SmartPeople™,

My name is Chuck and I am a serial code committer. I have contributed, and continue to contribute to many open source projects including Asterisk, OpenPilot, ArduPilot, and many smaller projects (Sonarr, Jasagar). My profession is in computer programming and I own a software development company based in Jacksonville, FL focusing on workflow related business software. I got into home automation about 8 years ago with HomeSeer but that was always a struggle and more of a passive system in my life as it never passed the Wife Acceptance threshold. I have found SmartThings a great community and product and look forward to working on community enhancements.


(Bill) #19

Hello All!
I am Bill. I am retired military living in Colorado. We had bored teenagers breaking into cars in the area so we decided to add some security. The wife wanted surveillance cameras and I wanted alarms. I did a little research and decided on Foscam cameras inside and ST for the alarms. My Foscam cameras are wirelessly connected to a Synology box while my alarms sensors are connected to my ST hub. All is right with the world! I will look into eventually controlling my Foscam cameras through my ST hub, but I have not figured out the advantage of that yet. I am a system engineer by trade/ computer scientist by education. When I decide to retire, I hope to start to contribute here for the coding stuff. Until then, I will rely on you smarter people to do that for me!


(Andy Miller) #20

Hello All!

I am a user of the technology, definitely not an innovator/coder. I have purchased the Smartthings hub and currently have 17 “things” connected, mostly lighting. I am a heavy IFTTTT user and have a few recipes that are working nicely for my needs.

I have a couple issues that I am trying to make work and really don’t know if this is the place to ask for help. If someone would be willing to steer me in the right direction for that, it would certainly be appreciated.

I’ve had the hub for about a month now and have been adding new “things” on a steady basis. I am a committed Smartthings user and am looking forward to automating as much of my life as possible. Two Roomba 770s and a Litter Robot got me started down this path of putting as much workload on technology as I can.


(Dave B) #21

Hello all-

Wow… Just WOW… got my first SmarrThings kit after following many reviews over the past year. I did not want to get stuck in something that would be limited to one protocol and specific to one manufacturer. The only thing that threw me off was there not being some direct guidance on setting it all up. The hub et al but under the product itself there was nothing and finally I found some short videos. “There is no way it can be that easy” I thought. Well holy cow - it IS that easy to pair a device.

I got the kit with the presence detector and had no clue that I would need it. In fact, I did not want it. I figured I would put in on the kid’s book bag. Then I realized the thing beeps via the app. Sweet… I lose my keys all the time.

I’ve got a bunch of stuff I want to do and look forward to making my home smarter than me.


(Ron S) #22

Enjoy your kit and welcome to this madhouse! :wink: Typically a newcomer here has to buy us all beer.


(Erik) #23

Hi,

I’ve been into automation for around 15-20 years now, ever since dad picked up some of the first x10 stuff at CES back in the day for use in studios. Family home was x10, my first house after moving out was x10/insteon, current home is all Z-wave. In college I used to install Elk, Elan, Crestron, Control4, ect, whatever the client wanted so I’m pretty familiar with most variations of HA. Currently my day gig is a database admin at a local medical center and transplant preservationist.

Current house so far has an eclectic assortment of gear.
Elk M1g- alarm /access control
Abloy locks- physical security
Synology NAS- security cam / Plex storage.
Nests- thermostats
Sonos- whole house audio
AppleTVs- front end for video via Plex, HBOnow, Netflix, MLB.tv
Ubiquity router- internet
Smartthings- soon to automate the pool, theater, drapes, ect and hopefully eventually tie the rest of it all together.

Glad to be here,
Erik


(Cosmo) #24

Hello,

I have had my ST Hub up and running for about 5 days now. I have come from other automation protocols and control software, such as X10, in the past and moved into Z-Wave when I got a 2GIG alarm system about a year ago. I was finding the Z-Wave functionality of the 2GIG controller limiting and wanted more. Please excuse me if I mix old terms in here as I am not yet used to all of the ST lingo.

I am a technical person that installs enterprise level computer solutions. I generally stay in the virtualization realm, focused on server, desktop and application virtualization. I generally install and configure any of the supporting hardware that goes along with the environment. I do not have a background in programming but I have always been intrigued by it. I have written a few little things in Java, but only when I was forced to.

I am currently controlling different lights around the house, managing my Ecobee thermostat and trying to have it manage the Sonos system throughout the house. I have started playing with IFTTT integration and I am finding it to be a little more limited than I had hoped. I am used to the 2GIG panel having a rule that will turn on the porch light randomly within a 45 minute window of sunset. I have yet been able to duplicate that rule outside of the 2GIG controller. I suppose I can use the 2GIG controller to continue with that rule, but I would like to consolidate and not have rules spread out everywhere if possible. I am experiencing an issue with Sonos playlists and Sonos Mood Music. One example of this is I would like the lullaby playlist to start in the kids rooms when my wife pushes the “Kids to bed” button on the minimote. Currently I can only get it to work if it is already queued for that zone.

After seeing how the ST can be more pro-active than anything I have used, I don’t think I will ever be able to go back. I really like that my wife doesn’t have to remember to push any buttons or change a setting when she leaves to “shutdown” the house. I now need to become more proficient in ST.

I have been searching the Community for posts and finding all sorts of information that has helped. I am still looking for something that can maybe act as a quick start guide for someone that is used to home automation. In the past I had some very elaborate IF THEN statements created. I would like to recreate some of those, but I am a bit lost. I am also used to having software create virtual switches that could be used as a sort of variable that could be queried for actions.

Any direction is greatly appreciated. I am excited to see how technology continues to mature and the home is getting smarter.


#25

Try this: :blush:


(Cosmo) #27

Thank you for directing me to your post. I am finding it to be a great help in the couple of minutes I looked at it. Just the idea of shaking the device while on the tile screen for labels is wonderful. It is disappointing that it is not easier to find these things out. Maybe again, I am missing something…

Is there anyway to get your intro post stickied for a newb like me trying to drink from fire hose?


(Bill) #28

@kaminskico. I am also a newbie drinking from the fire hose with a “learn from mistakes” attitude. It would be good to have a Newbie section somewhere so we can read up and learn from those more experienced ones!


(April Wong) #29

Each section’s faq is a great place to start!


(April Wong) #30

Also : This is one of my all time favorite links :