I´ve been interested in home automation for a couple of years and have tested a variety of controllers, including Fibaro Home Center 2, Micasa Verde Vera Edge, OpenHab, Domoticz.
They all work pretty well, but I haven´t found anyone that feels complete.
Smart things looks interesting since it has a nice layout and good support for devices and the community. I´m interested in buying either a Amazon Echo or Google Home and they seem to play along nice with Smart things as far as I´ve read.
What I feel is vague about smartthings (or perhaps it is due to lacking google skills), is how to write scenes / scenarios.
Basically, I want to be able to do things like this. Is it possible with smartthings without the need for additional servers or similar?
- Get a notification via telegram when the dishwasher is done (the consumption is below for instance 4W for at least 3 minutes)
- Start playing a Spotify playlist on my Sonos system in the bathroom as long as there is motion in there (+ ~10min) and as long as the hose isn´t in “we´re sleeping” mode
- Start the heater for the car in the appropriate amount of time before leaving for work based on the outside temperature
- Arm the house using a Zipato Keypad and send camera snapshots through Telegram if there is any motion detected in a selected number of sensors.
Unfortunately the SmartThings-lineup is not available in Sweden, but I can always order from Currys (UK) for example using Borderlinx since we share the same z-wave frequenzy.
Another question I thought of, with regards to that the Smartthings hub is cloud based. If I have a schedule to turn of my lights at sunset for example, will that work even if internet access is lost or is it completely dependent on a connection to aws?