What is happening to smartthings? The app has lost so many functionalities compared to the classic:
The classic allows you to choose what sensors the home security uses, now it either all or none. I had to delete my garage door opener simply because it doubles as a contact sensor.
The device presence of location literally do not work. Both mine and my wife’s phone are home and none could be detected. This previously worked flawlessly.
The confusing security.home/location.home difference that makes setting up home security so much harder. Why in the world would someone want a location scene of home mode that independently functions with exactly the same name as home security system’s home mode.
I just advised someone else to use smartthings, he couldn’t even buy the hub, now I’m wondering if openhab is a better option.
So does the new app. It just isn’t always obvious how to do it.
My experience is the opposite to yours. The Classic app was so unreliable that it was unusable for presence, but the latest version works beautifully.
I don’t suppose they would. However the Security modes are Armed (Away), Armed (Stay) and Disarmed and the Location modes default to Away, Night and Home, which is pretty much the same as with the Classic app.
There I agree with you. The transition to third party hubs hasn’t been particularly well communicated.
Different systems work work for different people. You can find a lot of discussions in the forum about what alternatives might be.
As far as your specific questions:
As @jkp said, you can still do this, it’s just really hard to find it in the app until somebody has shown you the examples. So see the link he gave.
Many people have reported that presence is not working well for them in the current version of the app. There are lots of threads about it. It’s not clear why it does work for some people and not for others, it may depend on the specific phone, the OS, something else we’re not aware of. But you’re not alone in this and it’s not clear what the workarounds are.
This issue, of having “home“ be a value for two different variables (Security and Geopresence) was actually introduced before the new V3 app was. And it’s been confusing people for a long time. It was part of the old smart home monitor, and then it was part of the new SmartThings home monitor for the first two years.
There’s a community FAQ about this which is from the old version of the app. You’ll see the question was first asked back in 2016, so it’s not a new issue.
However, as @orangebucket mentioned, sometime in the last six months they actually improved this in some languages, although I don’t think it’s been fully globalized yet. But at least now in the US version and the UK version of the app, the values for smartthings home Monitor have been changed to be “Disarmed” instead of “Home.”
As far as suggestions, there are a lot of home automation systems out there, each has pluses and minuses, and, again, different things work for different people. Openhab is a good choice for a lot of people with a strong technical background. Xioami Aqara might be a better choice for someone just looking for a simple system with a nice app. And smart things (with the new Aeotec hub) might still be the best choice for a lot of people. There’s good discussion in the following section of the forum:
I do -I use the built in HOME location mode as a default ‘landing’ mode when other things change modes from ‘away’ to ‘home’ so the other logic doesn’t have to determine exactly which of my 8 location modes the system should actually be in. When the system switches to the ‘home’ location mode, (usually triggered by security being disarmed) another automation kicks in and changes the mode to what it ACTUALLY should be (based on a complex set of rules and a few lookup tables) and changes it.