Unofficial integrations work with multiple devices using the same DTH?

blink
nest

(A Non) #1

I’m not a programmer / Developer by any stretch of the imagination, so forgive my ignorance.

Ideally i’d like multiple nest alarms and thermostats connected as well as my blink cameras.

Can you load multiple device handlers? Or will they cause any known reliability issues due to having conflicting devices handlers? or will it just work?

Anyone give advice, experience with this? Would be much appreciated.


(Ray) #2

It will just work. The beauty of open platform.


(A Non) #3

Ok cool, can i also use the native app if needed?

for example if my fire alarm went off would i get notifications through smartthings and nest native app?


#4

You’ll only need one device type handler for each model. Then you assign each individual device of that model to that DTH. So if there’s a DTH that works with nest and you have 4 nest thermostats, you still only have one copy of that DTH in your account. The DTH is essentially a translator between the SmartThings hub and the device. So it’s like loading a French translator into your word processing program. You only need one French translator even if you write seven different documents.

That said… With regard to the specific devices you mentioned, nest and blink, the best that can be said is that they work today. Whether they will work tomorrow, there’s no guarantee. A DTH for a proprietary API, such as those have, is a very different situation than a DTH for a third-party certified device, like a Zwave switch.

The blink integration, for example, stopped working briefly earlier this year, and then was brought back by customer demand (to blink). There used to be a MyQ integration, and then Chamberlain shut that down from their side and it never came back. Netatmo used to have a semi official integration, but that has now gone away. I don’t recall whether the unofficial integration still works with that one or not. IHome has an official integration that stopped working for some devices last month, and SmartThings is working on trying to get it going again.

So the short answer is that at present, what you described will work through unofficial integrations. It occasionally happens that an integration will stop working or will drop some features. It’s not common, but it can happen.


(Robin) #5

In regards to Nest, look at the NST Manager smart app.

Once installed it links to your Nest account and creates a child device for each item in the account. So if you have 4 Nest protects an 2 thermostats, 6 new devices will appear in your things list.


(www.rboyapps.com - Make your home your butler!) #6

Slight correction, Blink never stopped working. They just shutdown the non approved/non official integrations to prevent disruption/damage to their servers. However, customer demand helped them decide to continue long term with ST and moved them closer towards a native integration which has provided for a much more stable environment.

Even with MyQ it’s currently working, they (Chamberlain) never actually shutdown access. They sent a note to ST to shutdown so ST blocked access to the DH/SA which was causing the server overload. Subsequently a modified version of the app was released which addressed those issues of server overload / polling and is still working fine.

Point though I agree with, custom code or not, it’s always better to have the manufacturers support the integration as it’s allows for a more reliable and smoother integration preserving the interest of all parties.