My Smart Home gear is kind of a mixed bag, since I acquired it little by little. I’ve got an Echo Dot, a bunch of WeMo outlets, an Ecobee 4, a Google Home Mini, a couple of double smart outlets that use the Smart Life App, a SmartThings Hub, and a couple of Smartthings Buttons for controlling lights. All of this stuff mostly works together, but it’s also a little redundant. The voice assistants can turn things on and off, but you’ve got to set everything up in all of them individually. Their apps are nicer than the Smartthings app, but not as powerful. So I’m wondering how people use these pieces together? Do you pick one and ignore others or use it all in different scenarios? Or is it less about app control and more about scheduling and automation for many of you?
As an example in my home, I’ve got a two lamps on smart outlets in my Master Bedroom. One outlet is a WeMo, the other is one of the double one. I’ve got the buttons in a couple of places in the room to turn them on and off. In both the Alexa App and the Google Home app, I can configure them to be part of a group called “Master Bedroom”. Google Home can turn them all on at one or individually. Alexa only seems to allow turning them on as a group. Smartthings can only turn them on individually, which seems odd - there’s no simple way to just say “turn on all of these devices at once.”