Hi, new to the forum, I have just started to dabble in smart devices - first of which is a smart wifi switch by Tuya, for which I have been controlling with SmartLife app & timer control.
I guess from the googling I have done I do not fully understand how it seems to work… I presume that the information I have put in my phone sits on a cloud somewhere and activates the switch accordingly.
I would like to move onto my next project, smart heating. I am not too bothered about having a smart thermostat connected to m boiler. I would just like control of each room using a smart TRV. I do not have a smart hub, and for compatibilities sake I will get a SmartThings Hub with zigbee & z-wave.
To set this up, can I buy any smart TRV with zigbee/z-wave and be able to control this through smartthhings app? If I buy for example a honeywell smart TRV, will this be able to talk to the smartthings hub and run through the smartthigns app, or does this need a separate app on top of this? Must the same brand smart TRV have its own hub, to speak to smartthings hub?
I thought the point in a hub was to bring everything together, so surely having to get a hub of every brand you may want to buy would be awkward.