I am new to Home Automation and SmartThings. For the past several days I have been doing a lot of research and asking a lot of questions to people that seem to know. Although I do not know HA, I am a techie so I think I can catch on pretty fast. I am even hoping to be able to do some customization and/or development before its over.
I want to get started and try some HA. I have decided to buy the SmartThings hub any day now. I am going this route so I can get my feet wet with it and see how much I can do with it or use it. If it works out well, I may end up getting something like myServer in the long run. For now, I am going to tryout ST.
I think I know the basics of what the ST hub is meant to do. What I want to learn more about is how ST works more specifically and how to implement things. For example, I hear a lot about this “Core” model and about the user ability to “customize” the use of ST with any devices. What do I need to know?
I have learned the basics of communication methods, like Z-Wave, ZigBee, etc. I am sure I will have lots of questions along the way, but I’d like to hit the ground running. I am hoping to buy the hub tomorrow and hopefully I can find at least 1 device to buy ASAP so I can work with it.
I think my first devices will start with: garage door opener, Door Lock, Light(maybe), proximity/presence sensor. I would also like to ad things like cameras and door sensors later. Like I said, I want to start to get experience and run a couple devices.