The Ultimate Guide to Smart Home CompatibilityBy - 03/01/2018
When building a smart home, figuring out what works with what is one of the most confusing parts. Another confusing part? Figuring out how connecting to one hub differs from connecting to another. Philips Hue being a great example. You can connect the bulbs to SmartThings directly or to a Hue hub. But as a member of the SmartThings Staff shares,
There’s a lot of cool stuff you can do with the Hue App that you can’t do via SmartThings.
So, when building your smart home, how do you know what’s best? A great first step is to learn from the experience of others. Below you will find information on device compatibility, and I invite you to share your experience in the comment section below.
|Not Certified, Not Supported|
|Wink Relay, Shortcuts, Spotter, Nimbus, Aros|
|Works with Nest*||Not Certified, Not Supported|
|Read Review||Echo/Dot Review||Google Home Review||SmartThings Review||WeMo Insight Review||Wink Lookout Review|
|Lights||Brilliant Smart Switch/Hub, C by GE Lamp, Ikea Trådfri (Coming Soon), iDevices Instinct, LIGHTIFY, LIFX, Lutron Caseta, OSRAM, Philips Hue, Nanoleaf, Switchmate, TP-Link Smart Plugs, WeMo||Deako, D-Link, Emberlight, Geeni, Hive Home, iDevices, iHome Control, Ikea Trådfri (Coming Soon), Insignia, Kuna, LeGrand, Leviton, LIFX, Lutron Caseta, Nanoleaf, OSRAM, Philips Hue, Plum, Switchmate Bright Smart Switch, TP-Link, WeMo Plugs||Aeotec, Cree, Enerwave, GE, Honeywell, Leviton, LiFi Labs, LIFX, Lutron, OSRAM LIGHTIFY, Philips Hue, Sengled, SmartThings Smart Plugs||Cree, OSRAM LIGHTIFY, TCP, WeMo Plugs, Bulbs, and Switches||GE Link, OSRAM LIGHTIFY, Philips Hue, Cree, Hampton Bay Smart LED, Leviton, Lutron Caseta, iHome, Sengled, SmartThings Smart Outlet, Sylvania|
|Thermostats||Bosch BCC100, Carrier Cor, Ecobee3, Ecobee4, First Alert Onelink, Honeywell Lyric, Honeywell Total Connect, LUX KONO, Nest Thermostat, Sensi, Sensibo, Tado, Venstar Colortouch||ecobee, First Alert Onelink, Nest Thermostat, Honeywell Lyric Round, LUX KONO, Lyric T5 and Lyric T6 Pro, Honeywell Total Connect Comfort, Sensibo (AC)||ecobee, Honeywell Lyric, Honeywell Total Connect, Honeywell Z-Wave,||Nest||Carrier® Côr™, ecobee, Honeywell, Sensi, Nest|
|Cameras||Amazon Cloud Cam, Blink, Butterfleye, Chk-In Cam, Canary, Cloud Cam, D-Link, EZVIZ Lookout, Homeboy, Honeywell Smart Home Security System, iCamera KEEP Pro, Kuna, SkyBell, Somfy One [Echo Screened Devices Only: Amcrest, Arlo, August Doorbell, Canary, EZVIZ, Honeywell Lyric C1 and C2, Logi Circle, Nest Cam, Ring, TP-Link Kasa Cam, Wisenet SmartCam N1/SmartCam N2]||abode iota, Arlo, Chk-In Cam, Kuna, Nest Cam, Nest Hello, Ring, Skybell||Arlo Pro, Arlo Q, Arlo Q Plus, Arlo Wire-Free, Samsung SmartCam HD Pro, Skybell HD, Ring Pro, Ring Video Doorbell, (D-Link via SmartThings Lab)||Belkin NetCam HD+, NetCam Wi-Fi||Canary, Ring Video Doorbell, Ring Cameras, Nest Cam, Select Arlo Cameras|
|Locks||August, Dwelo, Kevo||August||Kwikset, Schlage Century, Schlage Connected, Yale B1L, Yale Key Free, Yale Push Button, Yale T1L, Yale Touchscreen,||August, VeriLock® Security Sensors, Kwikset 910, Schlage Connect, Schlage Keypad, Yale Key Free|
|Monitored Security||Abode, ADT Canopy, ADT Pulse, Alarm.com, Alarm Relay, CPI, Frontpoint, Iris, iSmartAlarm, Korner, MONI, Myfox, Protect America, Protection 1, Scout, SimpliSafe 3 (Coming Soon), Vector Security, Vivint||abode, ADT Pulse (Coming Soon), Alarm.com, AlarmForce, Frontpoint, Iris, Nest Secure, Scout Alarms, Vivint||SmartThings-ADT Security Monitoring (ADT Security Hub Required), ADT Connect Coming Soon, Scout Alarm Services, (Honeywell Total Connect via SmartThings Lab)|
|Other Hubs||Almond by Securifi, Control4, D-Link Connected Home, Dwelo, Echo Plus, FIBARO, Harmony Hub, Insteon, Interlogix, Iris, LG SmartThinQ, nCube, Oomi, SmartThings, Toshiba Symbio, WeMo, Wink||Control4, Crestron, FIBARO, HomeSeer, iDevices, Iris, LightWave, Logitech, Harmony Hub, Oomi, SmartThings, Wink||ADT Security Hub, Harmony Hub, Samsung Connect Home, Samsung Connect Home Pro, SmartThings Link for NVIDIA Shield TV||Wemo Bridge Works With HomeKit||Harmony Hub|
|Buy Now||Buy Now||Buy Now||Buy Now||Buy Now|
*See below for more details on which Nest device works with which smart home devices.
Works with Nest
Saying something Works with Nest doesn’t necessarily mean it works with all Nest products. “Works with Nest” might mean that a product works with the camera, Nest Protect, Nest Thermostat, or the app.
Saying that it works with the app is also a little misleading. In some cases, this doesn’t mean that you can use the Nest app to control both products. Philips Hue is once again a good example. Though Hue “works with the Nest app”, you can’t control your lights from the Nest app. Instead, you can use the web portal to set some rules and Nest can tell Hue when your home is set to Away
|Nest Cam||Nest Secure||Nest App*|
|Nest x Yale Lock|
|Nest Cam||Nest Secure||Nest App*|
|Amazon Alexa||Echo Show Only|
|MyQ Home Control|
|Nest Cam||Nest Secure||Nest App*|
|GetSafe Home Security|
Ultimate IFTTT Smart Home Guide
With IFTTT you can’t assume that the presence of a channel means you can do anything. I’ve learned this lesson the hard way many times. For example, I bought an OSRAM bulb assuming I could set it to turn a color based on Twitter activity. As IFTTT has both a Twitter and a SmartThings’ channel I assumed this was possible; I was wrong. I’ve also erroneously made the assumption that cameras with IFTTT channels should be able to record to Google Drive, also not always true. Beyond the presence of an IFTTT channel, you need to dig into the possible triggers and actions. And if you want greater flexibility beyond 1+1=2, you might want to ditch IFTTT in favor of Stringify, though the two now technically work together.
So what are triggers and actions? They are the ingredients in a two-part recipe known as an applet. IFTTT glues things together in an If This Then That format. If (Action from Connected Channel) Then (Trigger from Connected Channel). In some cases, you might be asked to take it a step further. For example, with SmartThings’ Switched On trigger, you will need to specify the device you want to use.
|Product||Triggers (Trigger Fields)||Actions|
|iSmartAlarm||Contact Sensor (Open Only), Motion Sensor||Arm iSmart, Disarm, Change Mode to Home, Sound Panic Siren|
|Amazon Echo||Say a Specific Phrase (what phrase), Ask What’s On Your To Do List, Item Added To/Completed On/Edited On, Deleted From Your To Do List, Ask What’s On Your Shopping List, Item Added To/Completed On/Edited On/Deleted From Shopping List, Ask For Sports Team’s Score/Next Game, New Song Played, Alarm Goes Off, Timer Goes Off|
|Google Home (Google Assistant)||Say a Simple Phrase, Say a Phrase With a Number, Phrase With Text Ingredient, Say a Phrase With Both a Number and Text Ingredient. (All triggers have the same trigger field options: what do you want to say, what’s another way to say it, and another way, how should Assistant respond?)|
|SmartThings||Switched On/Off (device), Opened/Closed (device), Locked/Unlocked (device), Motion (device), Presence Detected/No Longer Detected (device), Temperature Rises Above/Drops Below (device, temp value, temp units), Humidity Rises Above/Drops Below (device, humidity value), Moisture Detected (device), Brightness Rises Above/Drops Below (device, brightness value)||Switched On/Off (device), Locked/Unlocked (device), Activate Siren/Strobe (device, alert type), Deactivate Siren/Strobe (device)|
|Wink Relay||Button Press (which button)|
|Scout (Requires Paid Plan)||Mode Armed/Disarmed (mode), Alarm Triggered/Dismissed (mode), Door Panel Opened/Closed (which door panel), Access Sensor Opened/Closed (which access sensor), Motion Detected (which motion sensor)||Arm/Disarm a Mode (mode), Disarm All Modes (which location), Turn On/Off Siren, (which location), Chirp (which location), Enable/Disable Key Fob (which key fob)|
|abode||Alarm Activated, Mode Changed (select mode), Door Opened/Closed (select door), Door Unlocked/Locked (select lock)||Change Mode (which mode), Turn On/Off Switch (which switch), Toggle Switch (which switch), Change Dimmer Level (which dimmer, dimmer level), Lock/Unlock Device (which lock)|
|Myfox||System is Armed/Disarmed (which system), System is Set to Night Mode (which system), Alarm Initiated (which system)||Sound Siren (which system), Security Mode (security mode, which system), Control Camera Shutter (open/close shutter, which camera)|
|Arlo||Motion Detected (which device), Low Battery Reported (which device), Audio Detected (which device)||Arm/Disarm (which device), Start Recording (which device, how long)|
|Blink||Motion Detected (which camera)||Arm/Disarm System (which system)|
|Camio||Motion Detected (which camera), Advanced Motion Detected (choose a camera, color, direction, object, zone), Power Disconnected (which camera)||Start/Stop Recording (which camera), Turn On/Off Motion Notifications for All Cameras|
|D-Link Connected||Motion Detected (which camera), Sound Detected (which camera)||Record Video (which camera), Take Snapshots (which camera)|
|Homeboy||Motion Detected (which location), Video Ready (which location), Location Armed/Disarmed (which location), Camera Armed/Disarmed (which camera), Lost Connection (which location), Low Battery (which location)||Arm/Disarm Location (which location), Arm/Disarm Camera (which camera), Record Video (which camera), Notify Crew (which location, message to send)|
|Nest Cam||New Sound/Motion Events (which device)|
|Netatmo Welcome||Someone Known/Unknown is Seen (which camera), A Specific Person is Seen (which person), Specific Person Arrives Home (which person), Someone Known Arrives Home (which home), Motion Detected (which camera), Welcome Has a Problem (which camera), Welcome Has Been Switched On/Off (which camera)|
|Oco||Motion Detected (which camera), Camera Offline (which camera)||Start Recording (which camera, duration in seconds), Turn Camera On/Off (which camera), Turn Notifications On/Off (which camera)|
|Ring||New Ring Detected (which doorbell), New Motion Detected (which device)|
|Skybell HD||Button Pressed (Skybell HD), Detected Motion (Skybell HD)||Turn Indoor Chime On/Off (which device), Change LED Color (which device, which color), Record Video (which device)|
|ecobee||Indoor/Outdoor Temp Greater Than/Less Than (thermostat name, temp threshold), Indoor/Outdoor Humidity Greater Than/Less Than (thermostat name, humidity threshold), Smart Home/Away (thermostat name), Schedule Override (thermostat name)||Set Indefinite Hold (thermostat name, desired temp), Set Hold Until Next Transition (thermostat name, desired temp), Set Hold for X Hours (thermostat name, desired temp, number of hours), Create Vacation (thermostat name, desired temp, number of days), Set Comfort Profile Until Next Transition (thermostat name, comfort profile), Set Comfort Profile For X Hours, (thermostat name, comfort profile, number of hours), Resume Program (thermostat name)|
|Nest Thermostat||Nest Set to Home/Away (which home), Temp Rises Above/Below (which device, temp threshold, degrees in)||Set Temperature (which device, temp degrees in), Set Temp Range (which device, low/high temp, degrees in), Turn on Fan for 15 Mins (which device)|
|Philips Hue||Turn On/Off (which lights), Toggle On/Off (which lights), Blink Lights (which lights), Dim Lights (which lights, brightness), Change Color (which lights, color value or name), Change to Random Color (which lights), Change Color From Image (color mode, image URL), Turn On Color Loop (which lights)|
|LIFX||Turn Lights On (which lights, fade in duration, color, brightness, advanced options), Turn Lights Off (which lights, fade out duration, advanced options), Toggle Lights On/Off (which lights, advanced options), Activate Scene (scene, transition duration, advanced options), Change Color of Lights (which lights, advanced options, color brightness, turn on first, transition duration), Blink Lights (which lights, advanced options, turn on first, number of blinks, color, brightness), Breathe Lights (which lights, advanced options, turn on first, number of breaths, color, brightness)|
|WeMo Light Switch||Switched On/Off (which light), Long Press (which light)||Turn On/Off (which light), Turn On Then Off or Off Then On (which light), Toggle On/Off (which light)|
|Product||Triggers (Trigger Fields)||Actions|
|WeMo Lighting||Light Switched On/Off (which device), Dimmed to Specific Level (which device, dimmed level)||Turn On/Off (which device), Dim (which device, dimmed level), Turn On/Off Group of Lights (which group), Dim Group of Lights (which group, dimmed level), Start Sleep Fader (which device, fader time in mins), Set Sleep Fader For Group (which group, fader time in mins)|
|TP-Link||Turn On/Off (which device), Toggle (which device), Activate Scene (which scene), Change Brightness (which device), Change Color (which device, color, brightness, transition duration, advanced options), Change Color Temperature (which device, color temperature, kelvin, transition duration, advanced options)|
|August||Lock Unlocked/Locked (which lock), Lock Unlocked/Locked By Specific Person (which lock, which person)|
|Kevo||Lock Unlocked/Locked (which lock, which person)|
|Alexa||Say A Specific Phrase (what phrase), Ask What’s On Your To-Do List, Item Added To Your To-Do List, Item Completed On Your To-Do List, Item Edited On Your To-Do List, Item Deleted On Your To-Do List, Ask What’s On Your Shopping List, Item Added To Your Shopping List, Item Completed On Your Shopping List, Item Edited On Your Shopping List, Item Deleted On Your Shopping List, Ask For A Sports Team’s Score, Ask For a Sports Team’s Next Game, New Song Played, Your Alarm Goes Off, Your Timer Goes Off|
|Google Assistant||Say A Simple Phrase (what do you want to say, what’s another way to say it, and another way, what do you want the Assistant to say in response), Say A Phrase With a Number (what do you want to say, what’s another way to say it, and another way, what do you want the Assistant to say in response), Say A Phrase With a Text Ingredient (what do you want to say, what’s another way to say it, and another way, what do you want the Assistant to say in response), Say a Phrase With Both A Number And a Text Ingredient (what do you want to say, what’s another way to say it, and another way, what do you want the Assistant to say in response)|
|Cortana||Say A Specific Phrase (what do you want to say, what’s another way to say it, and another way, what do you want the Assistant to say in response), Say a Phrase With Number (what do you want to say, what’s another way to say it, and another way, what do you want the Assistant to say in response), Say a Phrase With Text (what do you want to say, what’s another way to say it, and another way, what do you want the Assistant to say in response), Say a Phrase With Number and Text (what do you want to say, what’s another way to say it, and another way, what do you want the Assistant to say in response)|
Works with Amazon Alexa
With Amazon Alexa enabled devices (Amazon Echo, Dot, Tap, Spot, Show, etc.), you can connect to other smart home devices either through a direct integration or by using a skill. Integrating is easy, remembering what to say isn’t always that simple. Regardless, using your voice to control your home is pretty sweet.
A second option is to purchase Echo Plus. Plus offers all of the same features as Amazon Echo but it also has a built-in smart home hub so that you can connect to select devices directly.
What Works With HomeKit?
HomeKit has lagged behind other home automation integrations. Unfortunately, making a device Homekit-compatible isn’t as easy as integrating with IFTTT or Alexa as it requires a tedious certification process. However, Apple is working to make the process easier by scratching the hardware requirement and replacing it with a software certification.
That said, Apple is making progress and now boasts a rather extensive list of HomeKit compatible devices. The major benefit to HomeKit beyond voice control is that it’s hub-less, kind of. First of all, some devices may require their own hub. For example, Philips Hue. Secondly, you’ll need a “hub” if you want to control your HomeKit devices while you’re away from home.
HomeKit doesn’t have a dedicated hub. Instead, you’ll need an Apple TV 4 or 4K running the latest tvOS, an iPad running iOS 10.3 or later (best if kept plugged in), or a HomePod.
Google Assistant arrived at the party a little later than the others, but with lightning speed, they’ve managed to catch up. Google has numerous security and smart home-related integrations. But what makes Google Assistant-enabled options interesting is their ability to distinguish one voice from another and their ability to access different accounts.
For example, if you ask Google Home to call your mom, it will call your mom. If your son asks Google Home to call his mom, it will call his mom. This same level of personalization can be tied to your smart home preferences, making Google Assistant one to watch.
Like Alexa, Google Assistant, Google Home’s AI, is accessible on multiple devices including Google Home, Google Max, Mini, and even Nest Cam IQ. In the future, it will also be available in third-party smart speakers, TVs, and cars.
Harmony Home Hub
Section Contributed by Ander Gimenez
Harmony Home Hub is perhaps the most complicated of all the options on this list due to their vast array of devices, but their lineup can be simplified like this:
- Remote Only: Control Entertainment Devices
- Harmony Home Hub: Control Some Automation Devices
- Home Hub With Extender: Best Smart Home Choice
|Smart Home Device||Works With Harmony Hub||Works With Home Hub Extender|
|Amazon Alexa (Echo Products)|
|August Smart Lock (Requires Connect)|
|Google Assistant (Google Home Products)|
|Honeywell Thermostat (Wi-Fi Thermostat)|
|Hunter Douglas (PowerView)|
|Insteon (Requires Insteon hub)|
|LIFX bulbs & lights|
|Lutron Caseta Lighting System|
|Lutron Serena Remote Window Shades|
|Philips Hue (Requires Hue Bridge)|
|SmartThings (Requires SmartThings Hub)|
|Cree Connected LED Bulb|
|Everspring AN145 Wireless Module|
|GE Link Connected LED Bulbs|
|Nortek Dimmable LED Lights Bulb|
|Nortek Isolated Contact Fixture Module|
|Nortek Wall Dimmer Switch|
|Nortek Wall Switch|
|Nortek Plug-in Appliance Module|
|Nortek Plug-in Dimmer Module|
|Nortek Door/Window Sensor|
|Nortek PIR Motion Detector|
|Sylvania Ultra IQ BR30 LED|
|Kwikset & Yale Smart Locks (Z-Wave & ZigBee Models)|
|Schlage Camelot Style Keypad & Century Style Touchscreen Smart Locks|
|Schlage RS200HC Home Motion Sensor|
|Aeontec Smart Strip, Door/Window Sensor Gen 5, & Water Sensor|
|Dome On/Off Plug-In Switch, Door/Window Sensor, Motion Sensor, Siren, & Leak Sensor|
|Nexia Home Intelligence Bridge|
|ENERWAVE Wall Touch Dimmer|
|Quirky Tapt Smart Switch|
|Jasco In-wall Dimmer (Z-Wave), Plug-in Smart Switch (Z-Wave, Zigbee), & Wireless Smart Dimmer (Z-Wave, Zigbee)|
|Centralite 3-Series Appliance Module & Lamp Module|
|Intermatic HA02 Wireless Heavy-Duty Appliance Module|
|Leviton DZPA1 Appliance Module|
|Ecolink Door/Window Sensor & Motion Detector With Pet Immunity|
|NYCE Ceiling Motion Sensor, Curtain Motion Sensor, Door/Window Sensor, Tilt Sensor, & Motion Sensor|
Harmony, a product of Logitech, does not share the same compatibilities as other Logitech products including Logi Pop and Circle. Dig into the details here.
Cortana is the latest addition to the smart home market. For many years, Microsoft’s AI voice assistant remained exclusive to Windows computers and mobile phones, but in 2017, Harman Kardon launched the Invoke speaker with Cortana built-in and Johnson Controls released the Glas thermostat, also with Cortana.
That’s just the start. Windows also opened up a Cortana Skills (kind of like Alexa Skills and Google Assistant Actions) API to developers, allowing multiple manufacturers to integrate their products and services with Cortana. Currently, there are only a few smart home brands in Cortana’s roster of skills, but we should see this list expand over time. Meanwhile, Cortana now has an IFTTT channel. If your smart home devices aren’t directly supported by Cortana yet, you can create an IFTTT Applet instead. The catch is that you’ll need to memorize the trigger phrase. For example, you can ask Cortana to lock your August lock but you have to say the right trigger phrase to make this happen. The good news is that you can set up to three trigger phrases for each Applet.
|Smart Lights||Geeni, LIFX, TP-Link Kasa, Insteon, Philips Hue, SmartThings, Wink|
|Smart Plugs, Switches, and Dimmers||Geeni, TP-Link Kasa, Insteon, SmartThings, Wink|
|Thermostats||Nest Thermostat, Honeywell Lyric, Honeywell Total Connect, ecobee, SmartThings|
|Others||Samsung Smart Home (appliances), IFTTT|
*This article was originally published October 6, 2016, but is kept updated as new device compatibilities are released.