So I am a newbie here. I have an Echo Dot and a Google Home Mini, as well as one WiFI controlled smart bulb.
I would eventually like to expand to things like a Ring doorbell, a Nest thermostat, and a smart lock.
Do I need a hub as well as the Home and/or Dot? Are those, in fact hubs, or are they just ways to access my devices?
One of the things I was looking to do was to set it up to turn on a couple of lights when the door was unlocked(When I get a smart lock, of course), and if it was after a certain time of day. Is this possible?
Last for now:
If the answer to the second question is ‘Yes’, what are the triggers? Do I have to pick a time, or is the system able to poll things online, like the time of sunset, and adjust accordingly, so that the thing doesn’t come on while the sun is still up? Here, we will have it get dark around 5 or so in the winter, but it will still be daylight past 9 in the summer. A further expansion on this would to be to set up a notification when the temp drops below a certain point. Once it gets below 80 outside, the A/C goes off and the windows get opened. It would need to poll the internet for this info as well, so it kind of goes with the one about sunset…
Anyway, help and advice is greatly appreciated. This seems like I can have a lot of fun with it.