I first found out about Smartthings this past February on one of the TWIT podcasts. I did a little research, watching as many reviews and project videos as possible and I quickly fell in love with the idea of Smartthings without ever owning the product. I knew then and still know now that I do want to delve into home automation but I think my due diligence on taking the time to research various products has caused me to hesitate more and more as time goes on. I have read so many posts on issue after issue that I honestly am afraid to pull the trigger. But at the $142 price and willingness to reset my expectations of how i will use the product I don’t think I can pass the offer up. Initially I dreamed of automating every aspect of my home. But at this point, I have decided i will only include the following in my single family 2 story home
-Smartthings home sitter kit
-All GE GE link bulbs (30 total - I purchased these 2 months ago at home depot when they were a $24 special for 2 bulbs)
-4 additional motion sensors (brand/model tbd)
-1 wireless camera (brand/model tbd)
I wanted to but will not set up the following (yet)
-No entry via door or garage using presence sensors (this one will always be a NO actually).
-No sunrise/sunset or time activated on/off for lights
-No smartphones as presence sensors
-No smoke/fire alarm integration
My new expectations are that all bulbs will be set on/off via motion sensor in key rooms (kitchen, living room, hallways and garage or with manually triggering the wall switch The camera will also be initiated on/off wth motion sensorl. I know that smartthings can do more but what i really really need to do is sell this to my family first in as basic a format as possible. And if the basic works and remains stable then i can move on to more complex items.I believe this set up should be solid and stable, am I wrong? Does any one have this exact setup and is still experiencing issues?
Hopefully in 5-6 months I will reach out for tips/help as I move into the “now lets tackle the previous No items”
Wish me luck,