I get really frustrated with the endless trawl through message boards and conversation threads while I try to discover reasonably priced devices for sale that have suitable drivers available for use with Smartthings.
I spend hours trawling and end up with very little certainty regarding what device to buy.
The Smarthings website could do this but actually displays a very small selection of products that either don’t fit the need are hugely costly or can’t be found for sale.
So, I would like to see a ‘go to’ place, maybe a wiki page on this community site, where I can see a simple table of the ‘best’ devices currently available and supported.
Now I understand that ‘best’ is subjective and that this may be problematic. But as we stand the lack of clarity I think seriously dampens the adoption of open home automation and pushes people into propriety closed solutions with device tie-in.
I would like to look up IKEA Tradfri devices or Xiaomi devices for example , with a link to the current most suitable driver or message threads. If I have a need for UK compatible power relay devices for example then I would like to find proven possible devices in a table without having to search the web and then search the forums to see if it is supported - by the community.
Maybe this already exists. If so please put me out of my misery and let me know where to look.
If this does not exist then do people feel this would be useful and would this communities wiki be a suitable location? It would be necessary for the community to update the page to keep it current.
( I have an industrial automation background, live in the UK and prefer Zigbee. I am also frustrated by the lack of a suitable function block programming interface for home automation)