SmartThings API Browser+ ... Now Available to All

Let me know if you need me to test anything out based on my devices/configuration.

By the way, I have 2 locations each with their own hub, and that error appears on my wife’s cell in either location.

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not really inherent exclusively to the topic, but it has something to do with it:
I happen to see offline devices and the status tells me it’s been offline for half an hour .I check from the app and I see that the device is actually offline. I trigger a routine, and the offline device turns on. So I wonder, was it really offline?

It rather depends on what you consider ‘offline’ means.

My Edge driver based motion sensors are frequently reported as offline but will immediately return online with active motion. This is because ST is expecting a pattern of activity from the devices that the devices can’t be or haven’t been configured to provide. So offline for those devices as currently installed is really ST saying it doesn’t know if they are online or not. There may or may not be an issue.

On the other hand, if my smart plugs show as offline I can be pretty sure that something probably isn’t as it should be.


Just to add to @orangebucket’s response: online/offline status is indeed determined by SmartThings for zigbee and zwave devices, whereas LAN devices’ online/offline status is controlled by the driver.

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So the example @orangebucket made for Zigbee motion sensors, it’s the same thing for zigbee switch. I thought this was not the case on devices running on constant current, but I was probably wrong. This makes me think it was related to this thing, the big problem we had since August with many Zigbee switches going offline repeatedly. Then with the latest firmware update this was fixed at least for me. Thank you for the explanation

I write here even if it doesn’t exactly have to do with this Browser+ but I can only see this app from here, I can’t see it anywhere in the IDE.

How can I know where on smartthings this app comes from? Let me explain better, I know where it comes from, this is the link where this app is talked about

You will also find them in my last post where I was talking about the smartapp.

The app was abandoned by the developer, it no longer works, and I can’t find a way to delete it, it always appears among the custom smartapps that I can add, but then it doesn’t work so I would like to delete it completely but I don’t understand where it is undermined

@SmartThings I am reporting this community thread. It links to a site and from there to another site. When trying to open the site #2 both virus scanners kicked in as the 2nd. site has a bot net.

Hi - I wish you had contacted me directly about this, but since you posted here I’ll answer here, since this is going to cause concern for a lot of people.

First, I appreciate that any warnings you see from virus scanners are something to be taken seriously. I don’t know what exactly is triggering your scanner, but I can assure you that there is no “bot net” here. This app is being served behind an ngrok secure tunnel on a Raspberry Pi!

The reason there is a ‘link-to-a-link’ is because my secure tunnel IP address can occasionally change, so I wanted to post a link to my github page that would never change.

The good news is that one of our community members has volunteered to help me move this to a proper AWS-based webserver, so we’ll be able to get beyond these issues.

Please don’t use the app if you continue to have concerns, but there are quite a number of people that have been happily using it for the passed few months and I don’t want to raise alarm bells with them or anyone else considering using it.


Can you find it in the IDE under My SmartApps? I would think it must be listed there somewhere and you could delete it.

Thank you for the detailed response. Unfortunately I don’t know how to contact someone directly.

Below is the default screen it initially takes me to:

Then when I click the << Latest Link >> I get this from Avast Premium. I tried in a different computer which has Norton. That had also blocked this. Unfortunately, right now can’t give you that screen shot.
I also went to my Cisco Umbrella (Enterprise) router. It had a warning but allowed the traffic. The warning said “Known botnet detected moving to Honeypot. Potential zero day - submit for further analysis. Cease traffic with the URL”


Thanks - I probably need to report this to the ngrok folks.

Just FYI, a quick Google search and I found this, so it’s happened before…


Yep - I saw this too. I’m a developer so understand. I reported it both to Avast and Norton already. As for Cisco - I give up. Too freaking complex.

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QQ: Does this portal you developed show the list of channels the unit subscribed to? (Enrolled). I did a bunch but time for me to clean up.

no, that’s the strange thing, in the smartapps of the ide it doesn’t appear, and not even in my wife’s phone, only on your Browser+ and in the Smartapps that can be added from the SmartThings app :face_with_monocle::thinking::person_shrugging:

eset also blocks it from time to time. I wait a bit and eset lets me go again. I am too lazy to white list it.

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Yes, you can view channels for a driver.

Weird - it may take someone in the SmartThings team to clean it up.

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How? I go to “Drivers” in drop down and see nothing. I go to “Channels” and see nothing. Only Devices are populated.

Why would it be in the IDE? I can’t imagine that it would be a legacy SmartApp, it will be a modern integration of some sort. They can be created via the API though I’ve never figured out how they are then ‘published’ (to use the legacy term) to your Location. It could even be an OAUTH2 client of some sort, in which case it is outside my experience.

I take it you’ve removed the associated mobile app and any permissions it has for your Samsung account?

Can’t speak to Norton or Cisco but Avast was nothing but problems for me on my Windows systems. I ditched Avast several years ago because of all the issues. I currently run a firewall on my router and use the Windows 10 built in Security. But then I also have a multilayered backup and imaging strategy both local, remote, and periodic air gaped imaging on multiple devices.