I wanted to start a thread for the increasing amount of new users coming over from Smartthings to discuss their projects, and share my own experience with moving over. I came to Home-assistant a year ago, and for awhile ran a dual Smartthings/Home-assistant setup using the Smartthings integration
About four months ago I switched everything over fully to Home-assistant and haven’t looked back. It’s much faster, more reliable, and the phone app works much better and is way more customizable.
The best part is I dont have to constantly worry about what is going on with the “future” of Smartthings anymore. Although there’s more of a learning curve, Everything just works in Home Assistant, and my biggest issue might be a minor inconvenience from not paying enough attention to a breaking change before updating. Even then I can simply role back to give me time to figure things out. Home Assistant continues to get easier with each update, with more UI programming and less yaml. Smartthings just kept pulling the rug out with no clear plan for the future. First they get rid of the classic app, popular Alexa integration was next, now their entire Groovy custom code platform is slated for the the dumpster. I tried hanging on, and a a former wink user my bar was low, but enough was enough
My setup is a little complex and I’m using an old Mac mini I installed Ubuntu on, and run home assistant container/docker on it. The computer was just lying around collecting dust so there were minimal startup costs. It wasn’t the ideal way to start, but I learned more about docker and Linux this way so probably worth it in the end. Coming from Smartthings,
most devices I have are zwave and zigbee I have an aetotec zstick with zwavejs2mqtt, and a zzh stick with zigbee2mqtt . The devices all just worked, no complex Groovy device handler needed. I have some tuya devices that also nicely integrate, and Alexa, blink cameras and Ring that even though are cloud integrations, they work extremely well.
I would recommend home assistant os for anyone starting from Smartthings since it will be easier with access to all the add ons. The most confusing thing starting was install methods, but the documentation about the methods has improved a lot.
This video, and other videos from Everything Smarthome have been a huge help in explaining install methods
If you like videos, Keypeyanski, Dr zzzs, and “The Hookup” are also great resources on YouTube
I use Node Red as a replacement for webcore, which was a little rough to get going at first, but can do so much more and runs locally.
I was real involved with the Smartthings community, but based on this post
Many long time users are jumping ship now. I’d love to here former Smartthings users on their setup and how the move is going.