Just getting my feet wet

Welcome! :sunglasses: That’s definitely a good start.

As far as device selection, the device class features FAQ should give you some guidance on on that (this is a clickable link).

If you get the devices that say “no hub needed” many of those will work with your echo devices but will not work with SmartThings. So if you just want to use them with voice control, no problem, but if you also want to set them up to work on a time – based schedule or with sensors or based on someone coming or going from the house, then you may want to look at other options. But it really Depends on the exact details of how the device does the integration. So if it doesn’t say that it works with SmartThings, then you have to start looking at the protocol. The following will help a little bit with that, and you can always come back to the forum and ask.

Finally, there is a ton of information in the forums, but unfortunately, the search sucks. :disappointed_relieved: To help you find things, the community – created wiki has quick browse lists by category. And one of those categories is project reports, where you can find all kinds of interesting conversations and suggestions. In particular, you might want to take a look at the “get started” list, which has everything from “top 10 things to do with SmartThings” to “what device should I get next?” Lots of good stuff there. :tada: