After a number of post-Groovy frustrations, my smart home is back in order. And in a few ways, better than before. I can largely control my older Alexa-incompatible Bravia with my voice. Same with my audio system. Alexa announces when the laundry wash or dry is done, and asks that you clear the lint screen. She also warns someone opening the dishwasher if the dishes are clean (so they don’t put dirty dishes in with a clean load). My automated locks work correctly, as does the presence sensor to unlock them when I walk up to the house.
She lets me know which garbage/refuse goes out on which day. She knows to not tell me to take out the garbage on holiday mornings (still in progress, but mostly working). The 40 year old doorbell triggers the announcement “there’s someone at the front door”. I tell her to put something on the shopping list, and there’s the list on my phone when I go to the store.
My Hue (and zigbee) lights work as desired. I tell Alexa to “turn on Christmas”, and the outdoor lights go on. The indoor tree goes on. The color-capable Hue bulbs and strips go on as programmed.
My two thermostat zones (upstairs and downstairs) never end up having AC on in one zone while heat is on in the other. ST coordinates that. The temp sensors in the window and door contact sensors contribute to thermostat function.
The fire/CO detectors are linked in, and send alerts. Alexa announces when the two-person whirlpool tub is full. Motion sensors provide security and trigger lighting schemes (such as Midnight Snack lol).
While some things are no longer integrated (Chamberlain garage opener), they are still smarter than before; in this instance I use a cheap Android ‘burner’ phone to, among other things, display the Chamberlain app to tell me whether the garage is open or closed and to control it.
Thanks to the Edge developers whose interest and work have facilitated so much of this, in particular @TAustin. Thanks as well to the rest of the Community. It’s very functional… and very cool.