I’m really close to pulling the trigger on a SmartThings setup, but have a couple of questions:
Is it possible for Smartthings to trigger a PC program to run? i.e. When I trigger a particular sensor, it will run an app on the PC to speak something or run a program I’ve written.
How much bandwidth does Smartthings need? How much data does it use? My only internet connection is a cellular modem hooked to a wi-fi router. I’m considering one of the satellite internet services - does the latency on them cause issues?
I’ve got an Insteon setup now that is slowly dying - I’m not replacing modules when they kick the bucket, but I have a couple of Wemo switches (which work great). My main wants are to monitor 3 doors, indoor and outdoor temperatures (and trigger conditions based on temps), monitor for fire/smoke, and I’d really like to have a driveway sensor and a couple of outdoor motion detectors.
My biggest source of nervousness about Smartthings is that it lives in the cloud. My internet connection via cellular is as reliable as cable/DSL when I’ve had them, but I’m afraid Smartthings (and me) would go flying out the door the first time my wife tried to turn something on and it didn’t work because the net was down.
Thanks for any info - Bruce