Ok this has a potential to turn into a super long post unless I make things short and sweet, so i will try my best. Firstly, I am a geek and very much interested interested in smart living. I know the potential but also know we are far from there. I have been patient the last two years as I am in an old house, with no intention to turn it smart, waiting to move to somewhere new where I always planned to get it as smart as possible. Well that time is now, I move there in 2 weeks and unfortunately, things still seem as messy and lacking in standards so need some help with where to begin.
First I should say what I intend to get out of a smart home. Definitely lighting - i want to control how bright, colors, which rooms and scenes. Same with sound… i want to control volume, playlist and which room. I am using philips hue and sonos for these. Other than that, Id love to control a coffee machine (still dont think one exists that just works), thermostat temperature and perhaps a security camera. Thats roughly about it.
I have an iphone, with no interest in leaving, so ideally I’d like a “homekit” enabled house… unfortunately, of all the hubs out there, this is the least compatible with third party devices so I am bypassing them for now.
In came echo, I thought, and still do think this would be a worthy hub. It seems to be able to control philips lights and sonos nicely, so I relaxed in the knowledge that this is what I would get. But just like any geek, I wanted to see other options… smartthings, as far as I know, is the most integrated hub, with the most third party devices for it so I looked it up. It seems good with a great app but voice recognition is a MUST for me.
This is where I learned that people connected Echo with smartthings. Which leads me to my first major question. Whats the point in smartthings if you have Echo?
My assumption is smartthings has access to way more devices than echo… but needs echo purely for voice recognition.
Presuming that I am correct, I can wrap my head around that… but then I saw that its a common thing to connect echo, smartthings AND LOGITECH HARMONY! Ok, so now Im bloody confused. My brain can’t handle the thought of three hubs. Why is that needed?
Fundamentally, i just want to be able to say things (to which ever voice enabled device i decide on) such as…
“Good morning” - and have coffee started and light dim up
“play my dinner playlist” - and have sonos play the playlist in the dinner room only
“good night” - and have all lights turn off in the bedroom and check all other lights in the house are off.
and I am hoping you guys can help me get there.