Recently SmartThings and Ecobee users have been experiencing quite a few service interruptions requiring in some cases a reconnect between the two systems. I am happy to say that being a user of both SmartThings and Ecobee I have not had any issues that I have noticed. Now that is not to say that there has not been an outage that affected me but rather that the Device Handler and SmartApp, Resilient – My Ecobee Device & ecosystem by community member yvesracine is smart enough to handle these hiccups for me.
When I first switched to SmartThings from Wink I was immediately not happy with the generic Ecobee Connect integration that SmartThings offered. This was mostly because of things like remote sensors and comfort modes so I set out to find a better way to do things which brought me quickly to the SmartThings Community Forums and yvesracine’s thread. I read just about every post in this thread because for the most part I am a geek and do these sorts of things but more so so that I understood exactly what it was. Now Resilient – My Ecobee Device & ecosystem is a paid SmartApp and Device Handler and at first this kind of put me off. I have no problem with someone who puts time into development charging for that time and work but I thought there had do be something free out available that would get me what I needed. Well I tried a few others and while they did what I needed, I kept what I had learned from reading yvesracine’s thread in the back of my mind and eventually made the switch. Well it was well worth it!
Resilient – My Ecobee Device & ecosystem gives me complete and granular control over my Ecobee Thermostat from inside of SmartThings and also give me all of the same data and more that I can get from the stock Ecobee App. Add to that the fact that it can recover itself from system outages and you have a match made in heaven.
Yvesracine is very active in his thread on the SmartThings Forum and always trying to help others out. He keeps his offering up-to-date more than most other community developers that I have seen in the SmartThings world and at the end of the day everything just works. The list of features available with Resilient – My Ecobee Device & ecosystem seem to be endless and if you want to to read through them all I recommend visiting the forum thread but all you have to remember is that if you can do it in the Ecobee App and ecosystem you can do it in SmartThings, or you can do some of it in one and the rest in the other, that is how well they Resilient – My Ecobee Device & ecosystem will make SmartThings and Ecobee play together.
We all want our Smart Homes to make things simpler for us and using an Ecobee Thermostat, SmartThings and Resilient – My Ecobee Device & ecosystem you can have this simplicity combined with more data points and functionality than you can shake a stick at so if you are using an Ecobee Thermostat with SmartThings stop wasting your time and making your system inefficient by using the stock Ecobee Connect offered by SmartThings and start using Resilient – My Ecobee Device & ecosystem.
I am passionate about the IoT and connected devices. Using connectivity to automate our lives will empower civilization to achieve greatness.