I’m new to the forums but have been eyeing them for quite a while. I currently own a Wink Hub which works very well for me, but I’ve been itching to try SmartThings out because of its community, more powerful app, presence sensors, etc., etc. Mainly what held me back was the official Nest integration, which I’m sure should be around the corner.
Anyhow, my question is: which protocol to fancy over the other for the mesh network? Most of the connected devices out there are Z-wave, and now that the new Hub comes with Z-Wave Plus the quality of the network should be better (given my basic understanding).
But… all of the SmartThings devices are Zigbee, and some of the devices I own right now (Quirky Tripper, for example). I’m at the verge of changing my light switches for smart ones, and I’m at a crossroads to which to choose. I love the Lutron Caseta switches, but they don’t provide Z-Wave or Zigbee, and they don’t have ST support. I’ve been eyeing the Leviton and Linear Z-Wave light switches, given that they’re both compatible with Wink and ST, but there’s also the Quirky Tapt and GE Zigbee light switches. I guess my true question for the comunnity is, how do each of you find a balance in between protocols for the devices you own, or do you just go with one of the protocols ignoring the other one?
Just as an example, I’d like to use the ST multi to monitor the vibration of my washer and dryer in the basement to know when laundry’s done, and at on the second floor to get temperature readings to communicate with my Nest Thermostat. But that’s most likely out of the hub’s range. The ST multi is Zigbee, but I’d like to use some Z-wave locks and other Z-wave sutff, as well.
Sorry for the long post and thanks for the replies in advance!