Ok so this is going to sound like a complete moan session and in a way it is but I still love the ST platform and the promise it has. However some things just don’t seem to want to work on a consistent and reliable basis and some features lately seem to be slow in coming but I wanted to share my experiences incase I am missing some simple fixes that will make ST better in my setup! I have listed the issues under each ‘Device Type’ for clarity.
Hue Bulbs -
These just don’t work reliably. The status is very slow to update
and sometimes the tile will stick on switching on or off until I go
into the individual bulb and refresh the status.
Adding new bulbs is a complete pain in the ass. I still have to
remove all of the bulbs and the associated smart apps then add them
again. Not good when I add them in now and then as budget and wife
allows. Its actually stopped me buying them.
Wemo Devices -
Slow to update device status and regularly refuses to run commands.
Insight Switches still not supported even for basic on and off
- Sometimes there is a fair bit of lag in receiving these.
Camera Types -
- Very keen to get some officially supported camera types. Don’t get
me wrong I love the community generated solutions but something
official other than Dropcam would be great.
Overall UI and usability -
I have posted some issues I am having with the Android App in another thread for thoughts and feedback but these are my overall thoughts on the App itself…
User Control -
For this system to work really well in my environment (and I suspect many many users environments) we have to have a different way to allow non ‘super/admin’ users to control devices and get alerts/notifications. I just don’t want my son or my wife or anyone other than me to have access to the configuration of ST. All I want them to do is have control of the devices that I dictate and to be able to have the ability to receive the notifications they want to be able to receive in app or via text. Long term this could well be a deal breaker for me on this system which would be a real shame and personally I feel this is a feature set that if added would set ST further apart from the competition. There are work arounds such as using iRoomie or similar but I really want everything controlled from one system and would prefer not to have to setup lots of http requests which break if I change anything in ST.
Shake to see names - Please please can someone in the UI design team come up with a way to label over the icons the device name instead of having to shake to see them. Sorry but it doesn’t seem like a big deal to change that or at least give an in app option to have labels/icons or both…
Ok so thats what some people will probably see as a moan/rant but it truly isn’t. I just think there are some features and fixes that could be worked on now (such as sorting out Hue bulbs that have been part of the system for a while now) to make the overall system and experience more solid before the ST team start heading off onto adding in other bits and pieces.