I feel like I dropped this thread and then disappeared into the night, been busy all weekend.
Anyway, I just wanted to say, I WISH I was one of those people who could go out and buy smart appliances and they work without any special code and it just plain works. Even if that is samsung’s target audience, I believe they’re failing.
I HATE having to selectively shop for things that work with ST. I HATE buying an expensive item bringing it home and realizing I have to spend 45 minutes fiddling with it, downloading a 3rd party app, registering into THAT ecosystem, remembering a new username and password, going to ST, linking the 2 apps together and praying to God the fragile link and business relationship between these 2 companies doesn’t crumble or go obsolete. I HATE having to search for custom handlers.
I just bought 3 Aeotec Smart Switch 7’s on ebay for a specific project. They are Z-wave, which means they should work flawlessly. Well…sorta. In the end, they worked out fine, but Fk did they take forever to set up. I found them in the ST app, followed the pairing sequence, and scanned the QR code. Each one took a solid 10-15 minutes of hourglass, only to return a security error, ignore the error, find that they are not talking to each other, and then 30 minutes later, return to ST to find they suddenly work fine (now I can rename and create automations).
I mean, great, it works, but for something so simple, it took me about an hour to set up.
My Honeywell 9000 thermostat is the new issue. I have to say, I love the interface of this thermostat, even tells me the weather. But what once was supported is no longer part of the ST universe. I installed it back in the classic app a few years ago. Worked great, and lots of functionality, straight from the ST interface. I recently noticed reduced functionality, so I unpaired it…big mistake. It can no longer be re-integrated with ST. Now, I’m playing with the idea of dropping another several hundred bucks on a new smart thermostat, just to replace a perfectly fine working thermostat that I really like, just because my hub no longer wants to play nice.
This is another reason I’m sticking with z-wave. If it is a Wi-Fi controlled device, it’s bad news.