Many years ago the Air Force decided I should teach Avionics. One of the first things I picked up from that school was the biggest impediment to learning as adults is adults absolutely HATE to look ignorant. I know I can follow directions pretty well but I often get lost in the process, especially if I don’t know where to start. So here I am.
I have a little cabin we use as a vacation spot. I want to control the HVAC, door locks, some exterior and interior lighting and some security cameras. I know that all of these components do not typically speak the same language. SmartThings looks like a great place to get those items working together. I purchased the SmartThings Smart Home Starter Kit from Amazon and installed the hub, motion detector and the door sensor. They all appear to work very well. I am so impressed with the simplicity of the installation I have now ordered a few more items.
I ordered a Kwikset 910 Z-Wave Deadbolt and if it works well for me I will purchase another, later on.
I ordered a 2Gig CT100 Thermostat.
I ordered two addition door sensors.
I plan to select and add at least three security cameras.
I would like to eventually control a water valve.
I would like to eventually control two circuit breakers (One 30amp and One 50amp).
So, here is where I expose my ignorance. Where do I go to set up processes to make these work together, notify me at appropriate times and keep records in a chronological order? I have read people talk about different patches, codes and hacks but really don’t know what is already there and how do I employ these patches, codes and hacks?
In other words, where do I go now that I’ve opened the box?