SmartThings Community

New user looking for assistance to start


(Gyslain Hamel) #1

So let<s start with this simple question

How do i know if a device needs a hub to connect to smartthings.

Exemple some people say that Philips hue need the Hue hub, others says it doesnt

thanks


(Robin) #2

Hue devices work with or without the hue hub, but they work better (and officially) with the hue hub.

Most other Zwave and Zigbee devices don’t need a hub, just pick a product and search on here to see how it intergrates.


(Gyslain Hamel) #3

But i heard that alot of products works with Smarththings and arent necessarly listed here


(Robin) #4

They are not listed as officially supported on the ST websites… but on this forum there will nearly always be a discussion about the unofficial integrations for various ‘other’ devices that ST dont automatically support.


#5

Welcome! :sunglasses:

Start with the following community FAQ (this is a clickable link) and see if that helps answer the question.

Otherwise, you can always come back to the forum and ask about any specific device and someone will probably know.


#6

Also, no one cares about this but me, but just so you know there is no device called a “hue hub.” So I’m assuming you meant the “Hue bridge.” Again, no one cares about this but me, so feel free to ignore this post. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:


(ActionTiles.com co-founder Terry @ActionTiles; GitHub: @cosmicpuppy) #7

I care, JD, I care. :hugs:


(Gyslain Hamel) #8

Yeah in resume needs LOTS of reserach before starting

Also how do you deicde if a device should be integrated in Alexa routine or Smarthtings routine (if the question makes any sense)


#9

Amazon routines can only control what events that will occur after you give a vocal command to Echo. Or based on a specific time of day.

Smartthings routines can use many other kinds of "triggers. Common triggers are:

Someone arrives home

Everyone leaves home

A sensor detects movement

A sensor detects open/close

Only within a specific time range (such as between sunset at 11 PM)

And a number of other conditions and combinations.

You can also optionally receive a notification when a routine has run.

So Echo routines are fine for simple things that you want to have happen with the single voice command. Smartthings routines lets you set up a lot of things to happen automatically based on various rules that you define.

A lot of people end up using both. :sunglasses:


(Gyslain Hamel) #10

makes sense ")