I recently started on home automation. This is an addictive hobby. I have hue lights, Harmony hub, several echo dots and smarthings hub with few motion and contact sensors. I read on the smarthings community we can do voice notifications from smarthings and regular weather alerts.
I did a lot of reading and became confused :). Apparently, the potential is huge and there are so many things to try like CoRE (which I recently installed), echosistant, ask Alexa etc. So I am working my way backward according to my needs, few questions (please be patient :):
What is the additional use of voice notification from smart things besides door open/close and similar and weather alerts. Is the effort setting it up worth the gain in productivity?
On implementing the voice notifications I see several ways are possible: (a) use lannouncer+bigtalker coupled with an old android phone and pair it with echo dot; (b) buy a speaker Sonos or Samsung radiant series to pair directly with smarthings. Now I wish if I go by method (a) can I stream notification to all my echo dots (i.e. multi-room notifications?) I do not want to dedicate a tablet for each room Or the other way around is to buy a Sonos (I am not very impressed by reviews of Samsung radiant as sound quality is also a plus point for me) but close system of Sonos is prohibiting as I have several good speakers coupled through chrome cast audio. Unless I spend 500$ to get something like play 5 which has 3.5 mm jack, I cannot really include it in my other speaker selection. So that’s a dilemma.
The presence sensor has been driving me nuts with Smarthings I tried mobile phone [android] as presence sensor and then tried life 360. Still unreliable. I read arrival sensor have high battery drain so don’t want to go that way. Now I want to trigger lights inside my house whenever I open the door (contact sensor) and then motion detected inside the house (motion sensor right next to the door inside house), does CoRe [smarthings app, or any other app] has such capability to sequence these sensor events and trigger actions accordingly ? I guess sequencing should be a reliable way of knowing whether someone is entering the house or leaving the house and trigger lights accordingly.
I wish to play a welcome greeting (weather updates etc will be a bonus) and some music on my speakers when I enter the home. In terms of speakers, I have chromecast audio hooked to Bose sound link mini (also has Bluetooth), Yamaha receiver which again has chromecast audio and Bluetooth both, and few echo dots. Right now I use Tasker on Android combined with auto input to turn on wifi, cast screen to chrome cast audio and turn on the music app. This set-up works 60% of the time, not always reliable and takes ~ 30seconds. Is there a more efficient solution?
Apologies for multiple queries and if I have posted in the wrong section. Any help or pointers will be a big help.