I got my v2 hub yesterday and so far have paired my existing bulbs and the motion sensor with Smartthings. I don’t have many devices, just playing around till I figure out what my goals are for my home. I had used Wink for short time recently when I got my bulbs, but decided to wait for the Smartthings v2 hub after reading up on all of the HA options. Now it’s here!
My first impressions are only so so. I need the community’s help because I am just not getting the philosophy of organization in the app. Wink handles setup and getting basic functionality running a lot better. In the end Wink is not as flexible, but it nails usability and getting automations up and running easily. Sorry in advance if my issues are easy to answer, like I said, I am just not getting it.
What’s the dashboard for? It has one item, the Smart Home Monitor and that’s it. I can’t see how to get anything else on it. It’s the main screen so I presume it’s supposed to be more useful than this. I see screenshots from the old app and it had a lot more available.
Is grouping lights not part of the basic functionality? Browsing the forum makes it seem like this was removed from the new app in favor of Smart Lights, but I don’t want to automate the lights. I want to group bulbs by fixture and control them all with one easily accessible software switch. I must be confused here, please help! Without this basic functionality bulbs are a PITA!
On the Home screen my mode is Away. I don’t see anywhere to change this or even what that setting is based on/used for.
I had trouble controlling a GE dimmer switch until I moved my hub out a bit. I guess it was a reception issue but it is only in the next room with one wall in between (20’ to 25’ away). Is that about the range for Zwave?
I think the main disconnect I have is between SmartApps and Routines. I put an automation into Smart Lighting to turn all my outdoor lighting on at sunset. So far so good. But if I want to turn on those same lights at a different time manually, I have to do all the same setup in a routine instead? That would be OK if I could then run the routine from Smart Lighting, but they can’t leverage each other.
There are a lot of missing options from Smart Lighting. If i turn my lights on at sunset the only option I have to turn them off is sunrise. I had to create a separate Smart Lighting automation to turn them off at a set time.
Bonus question: What are the best smoke detectors to pair with Smartthings?
I have really enjoyed browsing this community for the past month or so and I’m excited to finally be getting my feet wet. Thanks!