I asked this once but never got any satisfactory answers. For a developer, it would be much more convenient to be able to click a button on a Dashboard or web interface to allow a new device to join a network. I’ve seen one of the ST engineers use an iOS emulator to join a network. But I’ve never understood why you can’t get an interface to allow joining, instead of requiring that you use the mobile app.
It’s designed by millennials for millennials.
Sorry, that’s not a good answer. Maybe this should be a feature request, I don’t know where to post a feature request though.
ST seems like it was specifically designed for a tablet or smartphone and simplicity. You typically have to press a button or touch the device that you are joining. However, I appreciate people you like you who makes the platform so much better!
I wonder how many people or percentage of people who actually use the dashboard?
I wish I could change the device handlers from the smart app!
I was thinking the same thing the other day. SmartThings would be greatly enhanced by the addition of a native web interface/dashboard for all aspects of SmartThings operation. I know there are some community solutions, but it’s high time there was a native SmartThings-supported option.
Proving that you have physical access to the device that is joining (typically by pressing a button on it) is a requirement of the third party protocols that SmartThings uses, zigbee and zwave. It’s considered a security feature, since it limits the ability of a hacker to remotely hack your network.
Imagine if someone could remotely change the ownership of the contact and motion sensors guarding the perimeter of a building, thus ensuring that no physical breech was reported. Not good.
There are other ways to handle this, but they all cost more money, so requiring a handshake involving physical access to the device was the method of choice for lowcost protocols.
You are not the only one wishing. I personally hate IDE on phone/tablet.