Long time, or even those that have been here more than a month have seen me. This post welcomes you, but you are not the intended audience.
I am writing this as information for those that are still in panic mode after Samsung announced they were shutting down certain Smartthings hardware, including barely broken in ADT Smartthings systems.
If you are on Smartthings, you probably know me from my Iris to Smartthings migration stories. Well Smartthings did it to me too. Yay...
When I moved to Smartthings Hubitat existed, but I recall there not yet being support for my carried over Iris V1 devices. No keypad, everyone was depending on dashboards and a tablet for controlling the system, particularly home monitoring / alarm function.
Those were absolute deal breakers for me at that time...
Those items were on the quick to do list, but just weren't ready yet.
I should have waited.
Seriously, I made a massive mistake not coming directly to Hubitat...
With one massive exception, and I don't blame HE for it, I blame the devices for the problem, and they are problematic on EVERY system they are compatible with, more detail later. But aside from those pain in the tail devices, getting set up was massively easier than ADT Smartthings.
Pairing devices. With the above noted exception, all devices, no matter Zigbee or Zwave, even the funny Iris V1 Zigbee implementation, was almost hands free.
No joke. Follow the MFGs factory reset and join instructions, replacing Hubitat for whatever the target system was.
Pairing in ADT Smartthings for me was painful, devices simply took forever to identify and initialize on ST, like a minimum of 5 minutes per the dual branded sensors. Just basically super slow.
Hubitat Elevation however. Click on Zigbee pairing, select the specific type and go. For example the Iris V1 contact sensors took a grand total of 10 seconds each. The V2 motion sensors were roughly the same... Nothing except for the upcoming complaint devices paired within 30 seconds.
Setting up automations, and predefined automations were every bit as easy as ST, and WAY more powerful / flexible. Now some things like my Iris V2 keypad integration wasn't super straight forward because I honeslty misread the screen, but once I reread it and allowed it to make sense I was done configuring...
Now the devices that caused me problems.
Hampton Bay Universal Wink Enabled Ceiling Fan Controller. These are Zigbee devices that were marketed for the Wink platform, and they are flaky. Factory resets on them are VERY difficult, and they flat out will make you lose your sanity trying to get them onto the network. I had trouble with them on Smartthings, I have problems with them on Hubitat Elevation. Sorry I didn't have them on Iris...
Unlike Smartthings, Hubitat had the drivers already there. No custom code required. And they MUCH more frequently went offline.
My fix was dumb but it worked and that was simply to power the hub off, bring it back up and let it rediscover the Zigbee mesh .
Mind you, rebooting the Smartthings hub was not an unheard of procedure.
So far though, no loss of service because the cloud junk went offline for maintenance. I get offered updates and I can accept, postpone, or decline. Nothing is forced on me.
So if you are like me, and have gotten booted off of Smartthings as Samsung pulls support for their hardware, but you want to be able to use your hardware, you want a platform that operates locally? You want a platform with a fantastic community that will help you over the rough spots. Well...
Come on in, the water's fine.