With Christmas being pretty close, I was just wondering what some of you guys are putting on your list of amazing devices you are asking for for Christmas? These typically include devices you wouldn’t normally justify wasting the money and buying for yourself!
Update 1: I included a section for “Front Door” which I forgot in my original post!
Update 2: Updated the OP to be based on device categories and not by company
I personally am looking at the following devices and wondering opinions also if anyone has ever used them and their experiences with them…
The top of the list!!! I heard that you can setup the SONOS speakers with SmartThings to say a custom message when something happens such as if at sunset the hub calls the “Night” routine I would imagine it is possible for the Sonos speaker to state out loud “Activating Night mode” or so as that’s what I’m really looking for. Another example would be putting motion sensors on the washer and dryer and when done, the Sonos speakers state “Your clothes are now done”. Plus the link above you get 2 speakers which is nice so one of each floor sending that message out! However what I’m looking for might not be possible with these speakers (although I do have Alexa if she’s even helpful with custom messages), so just thinking.
The mysterious area that everyone seems to be interested in currently haha! But I see the 2 biggest winners that I’m interested in are the following. Kuna seems to be the best path forward and just looks cool haha! There is also Skybell but from another SmartThings thread I’ve been following, there seems more complaints than likes so I didn’t want to pursue it!
In terms of the Aeon Labs doorbell, I’ve heard some issues out there in a SmartThings thread as it’s a slightly new device. Many issues seem to be that pressing the button doesn’t always trigger the siren but it uses a short frequency I guess. My main concern is that it seems to require an outlet where I was looking to replace my hardwired existing doorbell alarm and push button but I don’t think this device can be hardwired?
I have used the Fibaro version of the motion sensor and it’s great, very fast response to turn on lights so I highly recommend it and looking to pick another one up!
I should receive the smart switch in the mail tomorrow although I have heard rumors regarding it must be located close to the hub or it drops off but I planning on using it for the Christmas tree!
I was looking at other flood sensors and even got a cheap one (due to the price) but this guy looks amazing, just put it on the ground and it also floats on the water so no sticking it to the wall then hanging the sensor down!
This Remotec module isn’t pretty but I have a fireplace that is operated by a lightswitch connected directly to the fireplace meaning it’s not connected to the circuit board (if that makes sense) so I heard to automate my fireplace I could place one of these guys in between that switch and it will allow me to control the fireplace (noting of course huge safety concerns perhaps)!