I’m surprised there hasn’t been any coverage in the tech press
stick with phones BUT use vanilla Android not your crappy skin
It’s actually passable to be honest. It took them a while but what they delivered is pretty good IMHO.
Today has been horrible, but I haven’t experienced this before. For those complaining and wanting to switch, do these outages happen to you often? I am just wondering if I have been lucky.
I didn’t do enough homework, and I expected it to be a reliable mass-market consumer product. Basically a hue bridge for zigbee sensors and Z wave switches.
It does way more than I thought, but without the MFOP. I saw it had the two certified controllers and I fell for the marketing. My bad. I thought I would have to do my research on individual third-party devices, not on the platform itself. But I learned after that.
Not to this scale but hiccups are fairly common in my experience.
i’ve owned SmartThings for just over a year and I wouldn’t trust this for home security or anything critical (like monitoring elderly parents). At this point, it’s just a hobby for home automation enthusiasts and gadget geeks.
The first bug reports page in the community – created wiki gives a pretty good picture.
But there are a lot of different reasons why some people might be more affected than others.
I spend most of my life in one of two rooms and I rely on the home automation system. So if there’s a glitch affecting my house, it’s very likely that I will notice. A lot of other people might have a much more complex set up, but spend a lot of time away from home and just might not notice some of the glitches.
Of course a situation like today, pretty much everyone is going to notice.
Especially those of us in the Northeast who are homebound in the middle of a blizzard.
First big one I have experienced in a year. There has been some minor idiosyncracies and for some, they have removed functional elements that JD mentioned earlier like voiceover and television integration that are a pretty big thing. But this is on the biggest scale I have witnessed.
They definitely have some major flaws as you have seen everyone discussing here, but I guess after my initial jerk into reality early on, the way I have my system / home setup, I don’t have near the expectations that others have trying to rely on it as a security hub or the sole source of functionality for how lights and power to things are turned on and off. As I stated above, I paid $99 for the central intelligence of the entire system and have countless $1000s of dollars invested in devices and integrations, but I expect this to happen. Hope for the best but always plan for the worst. They and others in this industry have a long way to go to reach the expectations of the general population, but until that happens, you have to take this with a grain of salt and expect that it’s going to happen, or find another alternative solution that better suits your needs. It’s pretty simple really.
The tech reporters are all busy covering Spectre and meltdown.
In our current house I only have about 20 device, and I haven’t noticed many outages in the past year or so, I also don’t have many automations. But we are currently renovating a house that already has over 100 devices and a ton of pistons, I guess I am going to be noticing much more outages now.
Are we back in business?
Still messed up here…
Smart Lighting still doesn’t work for me. Unable to trigger lights based on motion. I went into Smart Lighting and re-configured everything, still no go. My hallway is always dark now and I have to use the manual switch. Unacceptable.