Lots of new folks coming in, and I wrote this post about a month ago as a welcome to someone new who was interested in finding multiple resources. Since it should also be of interest to other new folks who like to read a lot, here it is.
As far as resources, there are two FAQs you might find helpful.
This one is the intro to scheduling:
And this one explains how custom code is used in SmartThings. You don’t need to use custom code, but there’s a lot of it available, and it can add many features to the base system.
In addition, check out the quick browse lists for Project Reports in the community – created wiki, in particular the “get started” list. It has things like “the top 10 things to do with home automation” and “what device should I get next?” Which should be helpful.
There’s also a list of “impress your friends” projects with everything from a magic wand to a secret bookcase room. You probably know all of these in general terms, but these will discuss them in a SmartThings context.
You’ll also find list of smartapps organized by function, which are considerably easier to review then just Using the forum search here.
Since someone’s bound to bring it up in the first post or two in this thread, if you’re technical, check out CORE. But if it seems too complicated, don’t worry about it to begin with, you can add it or not later if you find that you want that degree of complexity in your home automation rules.
And for the sake of balance, I should probably include the FAQ for people who want to keep everything simple.
As far as device selection, it sounds like you may already know all of this, but the following thread has lots of details on why you might select one particular model over another:
When you’re ready to start shopping, it’s helpful to know the Amazon is not always the lowest price on these kinds of devices. Sometimes Lowe’s and Home Depot are better, especially if you have a coupon, for the brands they carry. Beyond that, shop around:
And there is an FAQ section in the Device category of the forums for common device – related questions like “what switches can you use with Hue bulbs?,” “Do I Have To Replace All the Switches in a 3 Way Setup?” and “How do you set up a WD and a WT GoControl switch together?” ( yes, that’s a common question, mostly because it’s done differently in SmartThings than in some other home automation systems), which is worth knowing about although you probably don’t need it right now. But if you do have a specific device question that you think has probably been asked before, that’s a good place to look.
Well, that should be more than enough to start with! But you did ask for resources… SmartThings is very powerful and versatile , but not always intuitive, so there are a lot of community-contributed resources available.