Internet Rant Warning!
I am alway amazed at those individuals who have invested in high end Home Automation (HA) like SmartThings or equivalent HA vendors and only use the basic capabilities of that investment to perhaps turn on/off a light or an appliance like a coffee maker. Of course those will work 99% of the time and are not critical since you can just walk over and perform the same functions.
Since the 90’s, I have invested in low cost and plug n’ play digital timers, device activated motion detectors and X10 for switches to perform those same basic functions flawlessly. These functions do not really need the internet or an inconsistent HA cloud platform to operate. For example, our Vista 20 alarm system performs 100% perfectly using a in-house proprietary wireless frequency and 4 pair wire system to monitor entrances, windows and motion.
Where Home Automation like SmartThings takes off is implementing “IF THIS THAN THAT (IFTT)” complex multi-device rules, schedules, presence sensing, Geo Fence, automating door lock codes, HVAC (Ecobee), Garage Door Control, Harmony remotes, etc… And this is where being on the bleeding edge with SmartThings is so frustrating, since one comes to expect that the vendor’s HA cloud platform is is STABLE and not the crux of the troubleshooting FALSE POSITIVES (ghosts setting off critical routines, alarms and modes) or FALSE NEGATIVES (ex. The door closes with an Z-Wave open/close detector and the Z-Wave enabled door lock never gets a hub command to lock it).
I am willing to wait out some of ST’s “growing pains” per their current list of major issues (eg. cloud platform instability, non existent chat or email help desk, lack of native support for so many Z-Wave devices, flaky integration with API’s, etc), but I will continue to eliminate my dependance on them as soon as I can find a local means of processing Z-Wave devices, like my other flawless home technologies…
Internet Rant Over!