Is anyone in the community using SmartThings with If This Then That, and if so, how are you (and side question: does anyone in the community use If This Then That in general for anything)? I haven’t tried the service and and am wondering if I’m missing out on anything.
I started using IFTTT when I first got ST, but most of the things I tried to do with IFTTT could be done natively in the app, though I do have the Amazon Echo and I ordered the Harmony Hub and have plans to use IFTTT to integrate the two (instructions posted somewhere on this board)
EDIT: By “somewhere on this board” I apparently mean “in the link JD posted just above me while I typed this”
Echo is great, and SmartThings makes it 100 times better!
IFTTT allows you to create integrations between Smartthings and anything else that has a IFTTT channel, but what’s even more significant in some ways is that because SmartThings can use virtual switches you now have the option to add switch control to anything that has an IFTTT channel. So you can trigger things with a button controller like the Aeon Minimote, by a SmartThings mode, in response to a sensor, or now with voice control through Echo.
And you can do it all without having to write code or create a new device type.
Direct integrations are better when they exist, but when they don’t exist, you can do a lot with IFTTT.
It used to be kind of slow but now it’s fast enough for my needs. I use it to integrate my Wemo switches as I have a terrible time with the official integration. I used it for my particle photons for a time but swapped to direct integration now. Its powerful, but could use some more customizable recipes with some Boolean operators.