I am looking to get into the home automation and have been holding off because it seems really hard to break into it. So much information and options, that it seems overwhelming.
Anyway, I was thinking I wanted to start with Thermostat and Front Door lock.
My main concerns are:
One phone app that runs everything. I guess its ok if not every feature is available for every device, but I dont want 4 different apps on my phone. I just want one. This is what brought be to SmartThings is the app. So I need confirmation that one app can do it all.
I have amazon alexa and it would be nice if all the capability was available via Alexa. This means I can tell Alexa to turn up the heat or lock the door. Shouldnt matter if I am standing in kitchen or using my alexa mobile app.
Be able to add things as I go. I already use ADT for security, but willing to move away from it as this grows. SmartThings seems to have a great array of items available, so this also seems like a plus.
Now… as I have read, it seems the ecobee 3 lite is good thermostat choice, and I have yet to research door locks. Any insight to any of this would be helpful.
PS. I am guessing the "latest’ hub is also needed?