The TKBHome dimmers (light switches) seem to all require three-wire installations (ie a neutral) … not a very common setup around here for lighting circuits.
I thought TCP Connected lights were supported (although not showing in the list above) - as there are instructions on how to add them.
However, when I go to Marketplace -> Lighting (cant remember the exact menu options); but I only see
In the UK can I not add TCP Connected lighting?
There is a SmartApp for TCP connected lighting that you need to install manually through the IDE. I have a TCP kit but haven’t gotten around to installing the SmartApp yet.
I’d really hoped for more official support for things but it almost feels like nothing is being done (I’m sure it is). It’s jaded me a bit towards SmartThings as it’s not nearly as useful yet as was advertised.
The lack of devices in the UK is a bit depressing, not to mention the cost of some of them.
Thanks Chris - most helpful. Will check this out tonight! Yeah - I am early stages with this - I only bought the kit over the weekend. Can I ask - when you say IDE. Is that what you say when you refer to the Apple/Android app? Or is there another way to connect/control the ST Hub?
What do you want to see supported?
Models of devices sold in different countries can vary in some subtle but important differences even if they look the same on the outside.
The obvious one of course is the Z wave frequency. But power levels are often different, in some cases mandated by law at different ceilings.
My understanding is that the only devices that are on the official compatibility lists are ones that have actually been tested by SmartThings staff for compatibility with the hub for that region and the other certified compatible devices. This can take some time.
So in some cases it may be that they haven’t yet done the certification testing. But in other cases it may actually be that the device from one region is not compatible due to engineering differences in the models.
As far as harmony goes, I don’t know of any specific differences between the European and the US models, but there is a bug right now preventing authorisation of many third-party services with Smartthings UK accounts. that one is definitely affecting harmony use. You can track that issue in the IFTTT topic in the UK category.
Once the authorisation issue is fixed, it’s probably best to go either to the knowledgebase articles or to the FAQ topic. The Harmony integration was very popular and went through many different versions and states before final official release, which is why just searching the forums can be confusing. But the FAQ topic is short and succinct on the current official easy method.
I am more referring to what is available to purchase. Light switches don’t seem particularly well covered for instance.
One thing I would like to see if actual wall sockets which only seem to be available with LightwaveRF. Some Z-wave/zigbee versions would be great but the relative cost would be quite high in comparison.
Excellent, thanks, that gives me a good base understanding of the region challenges. Maybe one day in the utopian future there’ll be global standards to make everyone’s lives easier…
Thanks for the FAQ link too. I’ve been keeping my eye on the OAuth issue, hopefully that fix will have UK Harmony and UK Smartthings working in wondrous… harmony?
Any plans for Tado thermostat integration Tyler? I can get to it via IFTTT, but might be nice to have a more direct approach. Thanks
Yes. That’s all I can say right now.
One obvious difference is the standard mains voltage and frequency - 110-120v @ 60 Hz in the USA, 220 - 240V @ 50Hz in the UK.
How about support for the Cosy smart thermostat - see website here - a bunch of these were recently given away free by first:utility as an incentive to sign up to one of their fixed-term gas and electricity supply deals, so there must be quite a few out there - I’ve got one of them, and it would be nice to be able to control it from the SmartThings hub eventually.
@Kriskit as far as switches… I picked on of these up this week in Germany…
support for it might be patchy from the looks of things but from a quality point of view it looks/ feels pretty decent.
@Tyler… these pretty please…
Unfortunately, we have no idea as yet whether the Devolo actually works with SmartThings. Because it’s a two paddle model, it may require custom code. (As I recall, you have bought the light switch in advance, but you do not have a SmartThings hub yet.) I look forward to hearing of any progress.
In the meantime, the following post details the light control options that are currently confirmed to work with SmartThings in the UK. ( this is a clickable link):
Nod… .that’s true…
Also I believe that Devolo and Hauppauge both seem to offer the same devices… so I assume they are both just brand engineering of Chinese/other product (I understand Hauppauge’s hub is actually a Zipato knock off)…
Hopefully getting my next small plastic box that could be a z-wave device but wont connect to my hub of choice in a month when I’m back out there (if the hub is here by then!).
Again worth a gamble as it entirely fulfils a major use case of mine.
Could to share how you got the POPP dimmer working? I presume this is the mains socket dimmer.
Can anyone tell me if smart things are working on any new devices which they fully support, as there isn’t many current ones and most of the ones they do support are stupid prices for what they do.
Which devices would you like us to add support for?
Anything and everything you can buy home automation wise in the UK. Shouldn’t be a hard job as the UK shelves are quiet limited for choice on HA.