Do you want to use VLC Thing for notifications and chime sounds? If so, then it might be easier to use LANnouncer apk on an Android device running OS 5.1 or better. Use it with a smart app called BigTalker or CoRE.
As announced previously in the
LANNouncer Announcement Thread, LANNouncer is a combination Device Handler, SmartApp and Android app bringing text-to-speech to SmartThings through Android devices.
A few months ago I added GCM (Google Messaging) support, allowing IFTTT to interact with LANNouncer directly also.
This month I've added:
Custom audio files - select your own sounds
Stop command - because you may only want that sound until it is acknowledged via Aeon Remote (e.g.)
WAN support - because GCM is, it turns out, often slow and unreliable. And you might not want Google knowing everything about you
There are some other goodies and stability fixes also.
Head over to the main discussion page for more. As always, you can get everything from the LANnouncer web page, and the app…
Version 1.1.12 release announcement (updated post 3/12/2017 with 1.1.11 release) (updated post 3/13/2017 with 1.1.12 release)
Have you ever wanted a talking house? Now you can! With the Big Talker SmartApp (
When SmartThings is paired with a compatible audio device (such as a Sonos, Ubi, LANnouncer, VLCThing, AskAlexa, etc) and Big Talker SmartApp, your house can say what you want it to say when events occur.
Currently supported events:
Time, Time of Day + Day(s) of Week
Mode, Change (Home, Away, etc)
Thermostat, Cooling/Heating/Fan/Idle(not running)