The Ultimate Guide to Smart Home Compatibility

The Ultimate Guide to Smart Home Compatibility

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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.

  Amazon Alexa Google Home SmartThings WeMo Wink
Price $99.99

$129.99

$96

$30-80

$99

SmartThings Not Certified, Not Supported
Amazon Alexa
Google Home
IFTTT Wink Relay, Shortcuts, Spotter, Nimbus, Aros
Stringify

Works with Nest* Not Certified, Not Supported
amazon echo google home smartthings hub wemo wink hub
Amazon Alexa Google Home SmartThings WeMo Wink
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, 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, Remo+, 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], Wyze Cam 2, Wyze Cam Pan abode iota, Arlo, Chk-In Cam, Kuna, Nest Cam, Nest Hello, Ring, Skybell, Swann, Tend Secure 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
Home Security Systems Abode, ADT Canopy, ADT Pulse, Alarm.com, Alarm Relay, CPI, Frontpoint, Iris, iSmartAlarm, LifeShield, MONI, Myfox, Ooma, Protect America, Protection 1, Scout, SimpliSafe 3, Vector Security, Vivint abode, ADT Pulse (Coming Soon), Alarm.com, AlarmForce, Frontpoint, GetSafe, 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
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*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
Thermostat
Nest
Protect
Nest Cam Nest Secure Nest App*
Wemo Switch

LIFX
Skybell
Rachio
Philips Hue
Nest x Yale Lock
August Doorbell
Haiku
Nest
Thermostat
Nest
Protect
Nest Cam Nest Secure Nest App*
Amazon Alexa

Echo Show Only
MyQ Home Control
Lutron Caséta
Logitech Harmony
Wink
abode

TrackR
Automatic
XFINITY Home

ADT Pulse

SimpliSafe

Scout Alarm

Vivint

Nest
Thermostat
Nest
Protect
Nest Cam Nest Secure Nest App*
IFTTT

Stringify

Zuli
OSRAM LIGHTIFY

Kevo
GetSafe Home Security
Insteon

Stack Lighting
Google Home



*Works with the app may mean different things. In most cases, it simply means that Nest can tell your device when you are home or away.

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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
SECURITY/HUBS
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)
CAMERAS
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)
WyzeCam Motion Detected (which camera), Sound Detected (which camera), CO Alarm Detected (which camera), Smoke Alarm Detected (which camera) Enable/Disable Motion Detection (which camera), Record Short Video Clip (which camera), Turn On/Off Notifications
THERMOSTATS
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)
LIGHTS
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)
LOCKS

August Lock Unlocked/Locked (which lock), Lock Unlocked/Locked By Specific Person (which lock, which person)
Kevo Lock Unlocked/Locked (which lock, which person)
AI ASSISTANTS
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)


This chart would be hella long if we included all channels. We limited it to the most popular security and smart home options. If we missed something you are looking for, you can search the channel directory at IFTTT.com.

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Works with Amazon Alexa

Vivint and Amazon Echo

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.

Type Device
Smart Lights & Plugs 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
Smart Home Systems Almond by Securifi, Control4, D-Link Connected Home, Dwelo, FIBARO, Honeywell Smart Home Security System, Insteon, Interlogix, Iris, LG SmartThinQ, Logitech Harmony, nCube, Oomi, SmartThings, Toshiba Symbio, WeMo, Wink
Smart Thermostats Bosch BCC100, Carrier Cor, Ecobee3, Ecobee4, First Alert Onelink, Honeywell Lyric, Honeywell Total Connect, LUX KONO, Nest Thermostat, Sensi, Sensibo, Tado, Venstar Colortouch
Home Security Systems Abode, ADT Canopy, ADT Pulse, Alarm.com, Alarm Relay, CPI, Frontpoint, Iris, iSmartAlarm, LifeShield, MONI, Myfox, Ooma, Protect America, Protection 1, Scout, SimpliSafe 3, Vector Security, Vivint
Smart Locks August, Dwelo, Kevo
Security 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, Remo+, 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], Wyze Cam 2, Wyze Cam Pan
Smart Smoke/CO Detectors Halo, Onelink
Cars and Car Accessories Anker, Automatic, BMW, Ford, Garmin, Hyundai (Coming Soon), Lexus (Coming Soon), Logitech ZeroTouch, Mercedes, Toyota
Other Ask My Buddy (Safety Skill), Ooma (Telecom Service), IFTTT & Stringify (Rule-Based Internet Services), GE Appliance (Smart Appliances), Haiku Home Wi-Fi Ceiling Fan, Noonlight (Safety App), Sonos
Products With Alexa Voice Services Ecobee4 (Smart Thermostat), LG SmartThinQ Hub (Smart Home Hub)
First Alert Onelink Safe & Sound (Smoke +CO Alarm)
Nucleus Anywhere (Video Intercom)
Lenovo Smart Assistant (Voice Controlled Speaker)
Tribble (Kitchen Speaker)
Kuri (Robot)
HUGO (Robot)
Moorebot (Coming Soon) (Robot)
nCube (Smart Home Hub)
Omate Yumi (Robot)
Sonos One (Smart Speaker)
Honeywell Smart Home Security System (Camera and Smart Hub)
iDevices Instinct (Smart Switch)
Brilliant (Smart Switch/Hub)
ASUS Lyris Voice (Mesh Router)
Anker (Car Accessory)
Garmin (Dashboard Camera)
Harman Kardon Allure Portable (Speaker)
Sandman Doppler (Alarm Clock)
Toshiba Symbio (Smart Home Hub, Camera, Speaker All-In-One)

*Look for Alexa-enabled versions.

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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.

Type Ready Coming Soon Announced
Smart Lights, Outlets, & Plugs ConnectSense, Elgato Eve, Fibaro (Single Switch and Wall Plug), FLEDA, iDevices, iHome, Ikea Trådfri, iLuv Rainbow8, Incipio CommandKit, Insignia Smart In-Wall Switch, Koogeek, Leviton, LIFX, Lutron, Nanoleaf, Opro9, Philips Hue, PureGear PureSwitch, Sylvania, VOCOlinc, Wemo Mini Smart Plug (No Bridge Required) Eton BlackoutBuddy Connect Charge, Keenetic, OSRAM SMART, Powertech Wi-Fi Smart Plug, UCOMEN APISMOON Smart Wall Outlet, C-Sleep & Life by GE, Legrand Celiane with Netatmo, Parce Plus, PROMEMORIA ZIP.ICO
Bridges Caséta by Lutron Smart Bridge, Enno Panno S All-In-One Controller, HomeWorks QS, Hunter Douglas PowerView Hub, IKEA TRÅDFRI Gateway, Insteon Hub Pro, Kidde RemoteLync, Lightwave Link Plus, Myson Touch 2 Hub, Nanoleaf Smarter Hub, Philips Hue Bridge, RadioRA 2 by Lutron Connect Bridge, tado° Bridge, Thinka for KNX, Wemo Bridge, xxter – Pairot KNX Bridge C by GE C-Reach, Wozart Aura Switch, Wozart Aura, Xiaoyan Life Kit Hunter Douglas PowerView® Hub, Somfy TaHoma, VELUX ACTIVE
Smart Thermostats Bryant Housewise, Carrier COR, Continental therM Hub, De’Longhi MDH, ecobee, Elgato Eve, Haier D-air Hanging Smart AC, Heatmiser neoHub, Honeywell Lyric, iDevices, LUX KONO, Myson Touch 2 Hub, Netatmo, Nu-Heat neoHub+, Prowarm IQ HUB, Sensi™, Solfex neoHub, tado°
Home Security Systems Honeywell Lyric™ Controller abode iota, Kopi, SimpliSafe 3
Smart Locks August, Danalock V3, Dorlink Smart Lock, Friday Lock, Koogeek, Kwikset Premis, Schlage Sense™, Weiser Premis, Yale Assure Eve Lock OPSO Smart Lock
Security Cameras Arlo Baby, D-Link Omna 180, Logitech Circle 2 Wired, Netatmo Presence abode iota, August Doorbell, Honeywell Smart Home Security System Camera Base Station, Kidde RemoteLync Camera, KUNA, Netatmo Welcome, Ring Video Doorbell Pro, Somfy
Smart Smoke/CO Detectors Fibaro CO Sensor, Kidde RemoteLync, Onelink Elgato Eve Smoke Netatmo Smart Smoke
Sensors Elgato (Degree, Door, Window, Motion, Room, Weather), Fibaro (Door, Window, Flood, Motion), iHome Smart Sensor, Kaiterra Air Quality, Netatmo Healthy Home ConnectSense Temperature & Humidity Sensor, ConnectSense Water Sensor
Cars and Car Accessories Chamberlain Smart Garage Hub, Chamberlain MyQ, LiftMaster MyQ, Nice IT4WIFI NousLogic Watchman
Other
Airmate Smart Stand Fan, Apple HomePod (Speaker), Logitech POP Smart Button, Serena Motorized Shades, Hunter (Ceiling Fan), Laser Egg Air Quality Sensor Casablanca Aya (Ceiling Fan), Hunter (Motorized Shades) VELUX windows with VELUX ACTIVE, Sonos (Speaker)
Look for HomeKit-enabled versions

Google Assistant

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.

Type Devices
Smart Lights & Plugs Deako, D-Link, Emberlight, Geeni, Hive Home, iDevices, iHome Control, Ikea Trådfri, Insignia, Kuna, LeGrand, Leviton, LIFX, Lutron Caseta, Nanoleaf, OSRAM, Philips Hue, Plum (Coming Soon), Switchmate Bright Smart Switch, TP-Link, WeMo Plugs
Smart Home Systems Control4, Crestron, D-Link Connected Home, FIBARO, HomeSeer, iDevices, Iris, LightWave, Logitech Harmony Hub, Smartika, SmartThings, Wink
Smart Thermostats ecobee, First Alert Onelink, Nest Thermostat, Honeywell Lyric Round, LUX KONO, Lyric T5 and Lyric T6 Pro, Honeywell Total Connect Comfort, Sensibo
Home Security Systems abode, ADT Pulse (Coming Soon), Alarm.com, AlarmForce, Frontpoint, GetSafe, Iris, Nest Secure, Oomi, Scout Alarm, Vivint
Smart Locks August
Security Cameras abode iota, Arlo, Canary, Chk-In Cam, Kuna, Nest Cam, Nest Hello, Ring, Skybell, Swann, Tend Secure
Smart Smoke/CO Detectors First Alert Onelink

Cars and Car Accessories
Hyundai, Chrysler 300, and Mercedes all Free. Chamberlain is $10 per year
Other Ask My Buddy, Artik Cloud, Awair, FireBoard, Frigidaire, IFTTT, iRobot, Nexx Garage, Noonlight, Nubryte, Rachio, Samsung Artik Cloud, Sonos (via Yonomi) Stringify, Voice UPB, Yonomi, Zoma

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:

  1. Remote Only: Control Entertainment Devices
  2. Harmony Home Hub: Control Some Automation Devices
  3. 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)
Ecobee Thermostat
Google Assistant (Google Home Products)
Honeywell Thermostat (Wi-Fi Thermostat)
Hunter Douglas (PowerView)
IFTTT
Insteon (Requires Insteon hub)
LIFX bulbs & lights
Lutron Caseta Lighting System
Lutron Serena Remote Window Shades
Nest Thermostat
Nest Protect
peq Hub
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
Osram LIGHTIFY
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
VeraEdge Hub
Wink Hub
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

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.

Type Devices
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

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*This article was originally published October 6, 2016, but is kept updated as new device compatibilities are released.

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10 Responses to "The Ultimate Guide to Smart Home Compatibility"
  • 03/21/2018
    Hensley

    Great list! It helped summarize things into a nice overview. You should add the HomeKit thermostats since the 3 works and has been out for years. The newer 4 also works with HomeKit. Keep up the great work!

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  • 02/22/2018
    Brad Pardon

    So very useful, I just moved and upgraded my alarm panel to the newest version that is compatible with Alexa. It’s allowing more flexibility for me versus my old house with just z-wave products. Keep up the great work, I am a true fan and will definitely use this as a way to integrate more stuff into my home automation.

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  • 02/09/2018
    Glenda

    This is great info, and I love seeing it laid out in tables like this. However, I’m guessing that it hasn’t been updated with info about the Wink 2, as I know some integrations are missing here (like Wink 2 and Yale locks).

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    • 02/09/2018
      Rose Thibodeaux

      We keep a lot of it updated, but we have not updated Wink in awhile. That’s something I’ll put on my list. Thanks for keeping me on my toes.

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  • 10/31/2017
    Anonymous User

    http://forum.tp-link.com/showthread.php?100377-IFTTT-amp-Stringify-supported-now!

    Looks like TP-Link supports IFTTT and Stringify now fyi.

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    • 10/31/2017
      Rose Thibodeaux

      Thank you! It’s so much easier to keep this thing up-to-date with tips like this. You’re the best.

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  • 07/25/2017
    Benjamin B.

    FYI while it is somewhat unofficial, in the official smartthings app WEMO light switch, motion, and switch are all supported in smartthings under “labs”. I added my devices in and they work very well.

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    • 07/25/2017
      Rose Thibodeaux

      Adding a section for SmartThings labs is a great idea. That’s something I’ll put on my list.

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  • 06/12/2017
    James Grayston

    That is a very useful and detailed table that you have made for many of the biggest smart devices on the market (and how they integrate with IFTTT). It also demonstrates how complicated IFTTT can be!

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