New Member - Device Purchase help


(Rajan Kannan) #1

Hello everyone ,

I’m a new member to this community. I have read good things about smart things. I have decided to buy my device today and also take advantage of the 20% sale going on now.

I mainly getting the ST device to use it as my Home security and also integration with my existing lights and other devices. I have the below devices setup and running at my home.

  1. Nest Thermostat
  2. Nest Cam
  3. 6 Philips Hue lights
  4. 6 LIFX white bulb
  5. 1 LIFX color bulb
  6. wifi enabled chamberlain garage door.

My questions:

  1. Is the Smart things Home monitor kit a good kit for me ?
  2. Should I buy ST bridge alone and buy the door & motions sensors from other company ?
  3. Are there any recommended sirens to use with ST ?

Thanks in advance for your time.


(Sean) #2

All i can say is stay clear of monprice and gocontrol motion sensors. They will work fine for security but they have a few seconds delay if using them to turn on a light.
Both there door and window sensors work fine though.

Also the smartthings motion works well.

Haven’t tried any others


#4

As far as specific sirens, both the fortrezz and the Aeotec sirens work well with SmartThings. ( sometimes a little too well. :wink: )

Both are listed on the official US compatibility list.

The fortrezz is a little louder and has a nice strobe light feature. But they’re both good devices.


#5

As far as your current devices…

.1. Nest thermostat There is no official integration with nest thermostat. There is an unofficial integration which is quite popular but is actually a violation of the terms of service of your nest account. So the official support article says you’re choosing to use it at your own risk.

.2. I don’t think there’s any integration with nest cam except through IFTTT, Which is one way only, but hopefully others will know. You wouldn’t be able to view video in Smart Home Monitor because that is limited to a few specific cameras, but you might be able to get stills. @smart or @pstuart might be able to say more.

.3. Phillips Hues have been working pretty well, but the integration broke for some members last week. Engineering is working on getting it fixed again. It does still work for some other members so I’m not sure what the difference is.

.4. I believe the LIFX integration is working. You will need to use custom code to get Group control.

.5. Chamberlain is complicated. There is no official integration at this time. There was an unofficial integration which, like nest, violated the terms of service of those accounts and Chamberlain eventually shut that down about two months ago. There is currently an alternative unofficial method. It doesn’t have as many features as the old version, and you will have to buy an additional tilt sensor device to make it work. It also cannot control the lights on the Chamberlain. So it meet the needs of some people and not others.


(Rajan Kannan) #6

Thank you JDRoberts for your detail explanations. I really appreciate for sharing the information.