First off sorry if this is not quite the right place to ask this its just the most appropriate I could find.
Short version: I am trying to get my brother/his family a “smart home” starter pack of sorts for christmas. The main point I am worried about is google home not being able to control a fire tv stick. Is this possible? if there were an echo dot in the system? etc etc. I know it cannot control it “directly” but I was hoping that was something that the smartthings hub could do.
Long version: Where do I even start in this… there is so much stuff!!! At this moment the plan is:
2x Google Home
1x Fire tv stick
1x SmartThings Hub
1x ecobee thermo (bit of a budget breaker)
4x Bulbs (what brand for general lighting is best? leaning towards philips just out of name recog)
2x GE smart dimmer z-wave
Goal being to get them started and give them something to tinker with. Am I even going down the right path? Is there anything in that list that is a definite mistake? I would just go with it and iron things out later if I knew that google home could infact control the fire tv stick via smartthings hub.
Also he and his wife are new parents is there anything that you folks ran into that you would have absolutely loved in this area when you were a new parent?
Its very hard to know if you are on the right path looking at this stuff from the outside… Everything I see “works together” but not really if once you start reading.