First thanks in advance for your thoughts and advice. Taking my first dive into unifying my devices and looking for some opinions on Hubitat and SmartThings. Yes, I have read many of the reviews and forum posts on the topic already (hence my self-aware if sarcastic topic title) - so hopefully, by putting in writing my current understanding I can save folks that are willing to help me out some time by just telling me where I'm wrong. Other Disclaimers: I like the idea of being ABLE to run local and being able to migrate to that over time - I understand I still have a couple of unnecessary cloud-based integrations listed below, but for now, that's where I am. Also, I understand that any stability and speed questions are impacted by my local mesh and having an appropriate number of repeaters, etc... so obviously, assuming apples-to-apples for both hub solutions on that question.
General Usability: Before everyone immediately warns me that Hubitat is for experienced users and if I'm a newbie I should go with something simpler... Thank you for your concern... I'm an engineer with a fair amount of scripting and programming experience, so I'm not scared yet from what I've read. And if I'm wrong, for $70-$80 each, I'll just buy both hubs... So let's put that aside for now....
Ring: I've got 2 floodlight cameras, a doorbell and the alarm already. My understanding from reading past forum posts is that my best bet is to integrate that all via Alexa? Once I do that do I have access to all the same triggers and controls that I have in Alexa? (motion detection on the cameras, contact sensor states for the alarm, alarm armed/disarmed state, door lock events for the door lock that I plan to leave on the Ring ZWave network not the Hubitat or ST)
Thermostat: I have a LUX Kono (Wifi, not the z version). It's currently integrated with Alexa via the cloud interface. My understanding is that the z version can be locally integrated with Hubitat but that there is no cloud based integration for the wifi ones? Assuming an Alexa integration would expose simple thermostat controls to Hubitat as well? If I upgrade, I'm eyeballing the Ecobee - looks like that cloud integration is natively supported?
*Light Switches: Don't have any yet, but eyeballing the HomeSeer dimmers. Reason being, they are the only ones I can find (so far) that are both a hard physical switch (i.e.- will still turn on the light it's hard-wired to if my hub is turned off or crashed or whatever) but can also send custom triggers (i.e.-double tap, long tap, etc...) that can control OTHER devices or switches via the network. Anyone have experience with these switches plus Hubitat? Or ST for that matter? Do those features all work in either or both eco-systems?
*Lag Time: From reading posts, it sounds like I can count on ST giving me an additional ~second or so of lag time for anything that has to hit the controller and come back (i.e.- a zwave trigger tuning on a light that isn't hard-wired to the same switch) due to the cloud? Anything beyond that sounds like it's more likely caused by delays in the local mesh network (not enough repeaters, wifi stepping on it, etc...)?
Thanks again for the advice!