I purchased a Wink hub, and then after reviewing this forum, decided that this was a better route
for me. One thing I liked about the Wink is that it seemed to be easier for a non-code person to set up “scenes” and other actions, but I do think I am savvy enough to at least copy and paste what is being provided in here. Plus after seeing a few “Rule engines”, I feel much more comfortable.
Is there anything I can get started with now while waiting for my hub in the mail! Can I access anything online yet or do I need to wait for the unit? I can’t wait!
I have purchased my first home and there are some changes (small remodels) I am doing to the house. I am wondering if anyone has any general comments on things I should consider while making changes as they
relate to a smart home. Furthermore, I have some generic questions below regarding the items I will be looking to
control the following and have some basic questions about some of them:
Fireplace - I simply want this to turn on/off when the temperature gets too cold upstairs. I plan to determine this with a temp sensor and using mode (home/away/sleep, etc.) to determine on/off. If I have a switch to turn it on/off, which I will, is it as simple as having a z-wave switch in it’s place? All fireplace topics here seemed they were more advanced, but that could be my lack of knowledge leading to me oversimplifying it.
Outdoor Heaters - I plan to get mounted electric heaters outside (Infratech). Potentially driving this off a scene that combines a mode (outdoor entertainment) that combines temp and maybe motion with a switch off after “x” minutes without motion. Is this also as simple as replacing the light switches with Z-Wave switches that turn them on/off?
Motorized Blinds - The original draw to Wink and one of the more important items in my house (changing blinds in a high visibility area of my home). I am still a little unsure on how to accomplish this with what I have seen but I will continue to look, so I will ask the simple question, is there a works with Smart Things blinds company?
Thermostat - One thing I have learned on this site is an acronym, WAF. And this is very important. Frankly, the Honeywell Wink WF thermostat is the look my wife wants, the Z-Wave thermostats aren’t as attractive. Can I also connect the honeywell WF thermostat to Smart Things? I assume some how I can but will it have all the same functionality as the honeywell app.
Camera - Is there fully integrated camera solution where I can watch live? Or do I need to use a different app. I have seen on the “Dashboard” type threads that people appear to have live feeds but don’t really understand what cameras I can/should buy to accomplish this. The Arlo cameras are appealing to me, but not sure if I can do anything with them.
Voice - Most of the focus on these threads appear to be voice command. My biggest concern (WAF driven) is the opposite. Her sister has ADT pulse and the unit “announces” what door/window opened anytime those sensors are triggered. How do I accomplish this? I see there may be a Sonos solution, but wonder if there is a cheaper solution (too many other things to spend money on and I’m not fully sold on Sonos ex/ smart home).
I need to look more into Sensors/Lights/Switches/Outlets/Smoke/co2 for anything complicated but I think I get all the basics on these. I will eventually move to locks and need to do some research there.
While I’m mainly excited about my new house, Smart Things is making me even more excited!