Well just won a v2 auction on eBay for $30 new. First off, is there any benefit of selling and getting v3? Secondly, where do I start? I have an ecobee that I will connect, but that is it
The consensus seems to be “no”, as long as connecting via wifi isn’t critical for you to put it in a central location.
What do you want to do?
- If your space is bigger than an apartment and you want to control anything more than a room or two away from the hub, you’ll need to build up a mesh. Plan to build a “backbone” of repeaters (wired devices like switches or smart plugs) that your battery powered sensors can use to communicate back to the hub.
- Keep in mind that the devices you connect can communicate via Zigbee or Z-wave (or WiFi via cloud-to-cloud connections); consider which protocol your sensors will use and build your mesh appropriately.
- Consider how reliable your internet connection (and SmartThings operation) is and plan for outages.
How to: Planning for Outages
- Follow the Deals category on here to maximize your budget.
- If you’re interested in a smart lock without changing keys, you can get Kwikset Convert “used” (damaged box) from Amazon Warehouse for ~$50.
- Ikea has started selling cheap Tradfri outlets and bulbs that are natively compatible.
FAQ: Best smart light bulbs to use
Inexpensive smart plug (US) and other device recommendations needed for newbie
I’m very satisfied with with Ecobee Suite. It lets me link the comfort settings to my ST mode (home / away / sleep), and shuts off the AC if I leave a door/window open.
Am I able to place it close to the router?
Here’s another good place to start which organizes SmartApps and Devices that can be integrated with your hub: