Smart Home Q&A - August 2018

Smart Home Q&A - August 2018

For the August Q&A, there's questions if TP-Link works with SmartThings, the range of Z-Wave sensors, wireless interference, and what's this Crestron thing? All of this and a little more on this month's smart home questions and answers session!

(Some questions edited / re-worded for content and length)


From Andrea: (starts at 1:23)

What's the difference between a Crestron system and HomeKit?


From Trevor: (starts at 8:06)

I currently have a Nest thermostat and several LIFX lights along with an Echo Dot, Show and Spot. Currently we are having a dining room built at the rear of our house and I want it to be smart. I am currently considering the Mi Home hub to control smart wall sockets and light switches via Alexa. Are you aware of any gateway problems or conflicts with other systems like TADO smart radiator valves that will be fitted at the same time? Are the frequencies the same, and will Wi-Fi boosters be able to increase these signals?

Thanks for a great channel I’ve learnt so much.


From Bienvenido: (starts at 13:21)

I really like your Youtube Channel. Always extremely helpful content.

I started my home automation project last May. So far I have installed Amazon Echo Alexa, Philips Hue Bulbs & Led Strip, Leviton Wifi Switches & dimmers, TP Link Wifi Switches & dimmers, Litake Led Strips and more recently I added a couple of Sonoff switches as well. 

I have being able to control everything using Alexa just fine but now I want to go to the next step and use a SmartThings Hub and add some sensors to integrate and control all my devices. I read that the SmartThings Hub is compatible with Philips Hue and Leviton Wifi Switches but Im not sure about the TP Link Wifi dimmers and switches.

My question is Am I on the right track by choosing the SmartThings hub? Will I be able to control my TP Link switches with it?

I live in a condo in Panama which is made with all blocks and concrete, it is around 6400 square feet so I have to be mindful of the SmartThings Hub coverage. I understand that if I have sensors around they will help cover all the areas. Is this correct?


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