This may be the wrong place to post this, if so, my apologies in advance.
I’m brand new to SmartThings, currently waiting for my Hub and first set of devices to be delivered. In my winter home in Florida, I have a Piper Classic system with a very simple setup consisting of a pair of GE switches and an Ecolink Door Sensor.
I’m pretty satisfied with the Piper’s basic functionality but frustrated with the range of devices that I can add to my system. Last winter my Northern home, in Maine, was broken in to and a number of my gadgets were stolen. The Piper in FL was intended for the Maine house but I didn’t receive it until December when I was already in Florida. So I ended up protected down south but not in Maine where, it turns out, I needed it.
So my project for this summer is to equip this house with what it needs for basic security and maybe a little home automation in the process. I could go with just another Piper, but the SmartThings ecosystem appears to be so well developed that I’d be crazy not to explore it.
But there is one big hole in ST’s offering: video. ST can provide everything that I’m planning for but currently there doesn’t appear to be any device available that will provide a video feed of my home thru the ST Hub. So the solution I’m contemplating is installing both an ST Hub and a Piper NV.
My plan is to use ST for all of the device connections I’m planning with the Piper running in parallel and with each providing backup for the other. It’s hard to imagine both SmartThings’ servers and Piper’s servers going down at the same time, so if one vendor has an outage, I’ll still have the other to provide a level of protection.
Of course the hole in this strategy is if my ISP goes down, but I can only provide so much redundancy.
So my question to the ST Community: does anyone out there have any experience in running a ST hub along side of some other zwave controller in the same (small) building? Or to put it another way, can two, non-compatible zwave controllers coexist in the same space without interfering with each other?
I don’t anticipate paring any external devices to the Piper, only to the ST Hub. But Piper does have a number of internal sensors and there is always the possibility that I might find the need to connect some device to the Piper.
I’d like to hear from anyone with any experience or thoughts in this area. Thanks for your input and help.