The thing that appealed to me about ST was the idea that I could buy one, all encompassing hub, and then without additional platform costs just add all the smart things that I wanted.
Lately I’ve come to the conclusion that to get the best experience I want, I seem to have no choice but to spend large amounts of unnecessary money, adding more and more hubs, which is exactly the opposite to the simple clean solution I was looking for and probably duplicates a load of hardware for this cost.
To get the power,proximity and some motion sensors set up I want, I simply need to install the ST Hub and get started
I can have the lighting functions and experience I want, but in order to do so I will need to spend money adding a Hue Bridge
I can integrate the heating and water experience I want, but I’ll need to add Hive Bridge (I’m in the UK)
Now after sometime I can finally have the camera experience I want integrated into ST, but guess what? I’ll need to add a Arlo bridge…
So I’m now at 4! Bridges to get the clean and simple automation experience I was looking for.
I can’t help but think that all these capabilities that are being added, might appear to add benefit to the ST Ecosystem, but in doing so undermines the exact value proposition that ST is meant to represent, and as well as being somewhat frustrating, could ultimately end up being ST undoing?