I’m looking to get more into home automation past google home, hue and a few custom embedded devices I have lying around the house. I’m looking for a central device to manage all this and to allow me to buy cheap generic sensors that’ll all play nicely together.
It seems I can either use something like home assistant with a zigbee controller but I’d rather not spend the time required in upkeep and configuration of the software (I’ve tried it a fair bit but just don’t like it) or I can buy something like SmartThings which from what I’ve understood will do what I want.
I think SmartThings will do everything below based on my research but if someone could just confirm I’m correct in thinking all this that would be great!
Can I just buy any generic ZigBee device and pair it? For example could I get a cheap door sensor from AliExpress and have the same functionality as the much more expensive Samsung door sensor? From what I understand it needs a handler but there seems to be plenty out there for cheaper devices?
Is it possible to link up something like the ikea Tradfri dimmer switch to trigger a local API call easily enough from SmartThings? I have my blinds connected to a micro-controller that’s running a small API. It would be good to send commands to that via a cheap remote.
Can you use Google home to trigger internal automations? For example could I ask google to trigger an automation that will call a local API on my network? At the moment I have IFTTT doing it but it does mean I need to open a port on my router to the device as google/ifttt can’t resolve it locally after google has processed the command in the cloud. It also means I’m unable to chain together a few actions from the one command easily.
Sorry if these are obvious but I don’t want to end up with another device in the draw! Thanks.