[Amazon.ca] 20% off sale Samsung Smartthings sensors and hub
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- 20% off
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Hub on sale too: https://www.amazon.ca/Samsung-SmartThin ... GGWJL?th=1
Reason: updated retailer name
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If you're really interested in tweaking stuff you could get a Raspberry Pi and run OpenHab. I was considering SmartThings until a coworker of mine steered me towards OpenHab. Now I just need a good sale on a Raspberry Pi.
Jul 10th, 2019 1:45 pm
Yeah, local processing is the way to go.
Jul 10th, 2019 1:50 pm
SmartThings will do that right out of the box, with no programming required. ie Turn on (lights 1,2,3) at sunset ONLY when in mode (home/away/night/etc).
Jul 10th, 2019 1:51 pm
you can do multi conditional programming with IFTT too, and most others with embedded IFs within IFs.
Jul 10th, 2019 1:53 pm
I have a ton of Orvibo (from primecables) and Xiaomi "things" in my house, and usually what I do before buying is check the smarththings forums, see if someone has already made a custom handler for that device and how well it works, then buy for cheap when on sale. For example primecables was clearing out the "Living Smart/Orvibo" door/window sensors and using a DTH from github they all instantly connected and have been rock solid ever since.Scote64 wrote: ↑ It's amazing what a difference proper support makes in the home automation field.
The SmartThings hub is the most popular, and it is well supported. Their sensors and software work, and there is good connectivity to a host of other services. There is strong community support.
Primecables sells equipment of similar capability for 1/4 of the price, and it also works - but it has terrible support. It's an awful pain to get it working without support, and the connectivity to other services is much worse.
Given the vast difference in what you can sell it for, you have to ask why manufacturers wouldn't invest a little in documentation, support, and building community and connections. They could triple their price and still be competitive!
Jul 10th, 2019 2:01 pm
If you meant IFTTT, I've never seen that handle more than a single IF statement. Stringify could, but then that got shut down.
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They probably mean it doesn't work in countries south of the equator, because as you know water circles the drain in the opposite direction south of the equator, and the detector has to be manufactured with an opposite-curl water inlet because of that.