I am a newbie here and will be migrating over from SmartThings having ordered my UK Hubitat hub just a few days ago. I am based here in Birmingham UK.
STT has been a great introduction for me into the world of home automation but enough is enough now....the journey has been relatively painless thanks to STTs friendly interface and integrations and with CoRE and then webCoRE providing a very good platform to develop the use cases to automate.
But now I am at a crossroads, and have like many of you I am sure questioned the fundamental dependency of STT on cloud/ internet. I have moved the home broadband to Vodafone and have encountered a few outages which has annoyed us all.
Also more recently this decision has been highlighted even more by the recent poor firmware updates pushed by the STT team and the train crash of the SmartThings Connect app.
A member of the support team even suggested turning on OTA to ‘improve’ the STT motion sensors I have. Little did I know the device firmware ‘upgrades’ would involve so many replacement batteries.
So in summary my current platform includes
10 STT Outlets
1 STT Moisture sensor
23 STT Motion Sensors, 17x v1, 4x v2 and 2x v3
4 STT Multi sensors
3 STT Presence Sensors
6 LIFX Bulbs
3 Fibaro Door/Window Sensors
9 Fibaro Double Switch 2 FGS-223
1 Fibaro Double Switch FGS 222
6 Fibaro Single Switch 2 FGS-213
1 Fibaro Multi-sensor
1 Ring Doorbell Pro
2 Foscam FI9900Ps
I have adopted a mix of Smart Lighting SmartApps and webCoRE to automate many use cases.
I also use 45 Simulated Switches for various things like a simple switch to encapsulate multiple motion sensors in a room, encapsulating real switches to automate room modes, Cleaning, Movie, Guest, Vistors modes etc
Oh yes Alexa, Battery Monitor, Genius Hub, IFTTT, LIFX, Harmony, ring integrations as well.
I am rambling now but to conclude thanks to STT for the introduction to Home automation. It has been a good trip thus far but I am now gravitating away. Home Automation should be local, secure and safe and not totally dependent on the cloud.
I am awaiting my Hubitat hub to be delivered. Then I will remove a few of the various devices from STT and move across to the Hubitat to run some initial tests and automations.
I have been told to consider STT Outlets to start and help build the zigbee mesh as they act as repeaters.
Has anyone done this as well? Suggestions? Pointers? Advice based on my network of devices is always welcomed. What about firmware for the STT devices moving forward?
So thank you STT but saying hi to all the Hubitat community…
Happy New Year to you all