Opinion: Views of Smartthings From a Newcomer
I only became an anointed member a few months ago when I simply wanted to add a few leak detectors here and there. Needless to say, I now own 2 Caseta devices, 5 motion sensors, and 3 Cree bulbs. Not to mention 2 hubs.
I can see where one can be enticed by the control over your domain. In your fingers, you can code up something quickly that your home never had to add that special touch. Smartthings can become a hobby very quickly.
Is it stable, no. It is built upon the internet; a platform never meant to handle such traffic and security issues. Everything we place upon or ask the internet to do is a patch, a hack, a tweak that burdens a system already overloaded.
For stability, I believe I will only use my Smartthings hub to monitor the leak sensors and run one ‘ambiance’ lighting effect. For the bulk of the heavy light lifting, I will rely solely on Lutron Caseta and their bridge and scheduling.
It’s a wonderful community to be a part of, but I thought I was buying a toaster. You simply plug in, set the darkness knob, and push go. IoT and Smartthings is far from this. It’s fun, don’t get me wrong. I have fun trying to ‘beat the system’ by writing code. But it is a hobby. I’m thankful to have this community as a way of answering questions nobody else would have the answers to. That is a tall order on a connected planet.
In my opinion, don’t think first of yourself when wanting to install a ‘system’. Look at it from the point of view as if you are a guest in your home. Does it add value and beauty to both the eye and the visual palette? Will I as a guest have to figure something out? If so, you have already failed. You’re guest just wants to turn on a light switch and have it work. Not have to deal with latency periods or outages. Think stability first, fancy later.
It is fun to play with, but just how much toast do I need? I’ll continue to play as a hobbyist, but once my ‘system’ settles into place, it’s set in stone and I move on. I then have to play the battery monitoring game…
I’d like to amend this by saying many people in the ST community rely on this technology to help them with very basic human needs. It is wonderful we have this new technology to assist those who need it and we should encourage and contribute assistance when possible to making ST more stable for all users.