Does This Home Automation Product Work With That?

Picking the Right Products for Home Automation

As you grow your smart home and implement more innovative home automation, you probably want to know what products play together and what products don’t. Keeping up with things can be a rather daunting task. We’ve decided to create a living, breathing document of what we think or know to be compatible. Beyond that, we wanted to create a list of capabilities. Please feel free to comment below to correct me or to add to the list. Together we can build a valuable resource.

 Nest home automationsmartthings home automationIris home automationWeMo home automationInsteon home automationwink home automation
ProductNest ThermostatSmartThings IrisWeMoInsteonWink
Where to Buy
Climate Control
Energy Monitoring
Smart Blinds
Yes but difficult.
On/Off Wall Switch
Dimming Wall Switch
LED Bulbs
On/Off Plug-in Module
IP Cameras
 Nest home automationsmartthings home automationIris home automationBelkin WeMo Home AutomationInsteon home automationwink home automation
iOS App
Android App
Windows Phone App
Web Interface for Control
CommunicationRadioRadioRadioRadioRadio + PowerlineRadio
TechnologyWiFi, Zigbee, ThreadWiFi, Zigbee, Z-Wave, BluetoothWiFi, Zigbee, Z-WaveWiFiINSTEON, X10WiFi, ZigBee, Z-Wave, Bluetooth
Nest Compatibility
IFTTT
IFTTT
IFTTT
Philips Hue Compatibility
IFTTT
Sonos Compatibility
Belkin WeMo CompatibilityIFTTTIFTTT
IFTTT
IFTTT
Dropcam Compatibility
 Nest home automationsmartthings home automationIris home automationBelkin WeMo Home AutomationInsteon home automationwink home automation
Motion Sensors
Water Leak Sensor
Smoke and CO Detection
Lock Automation
Garage Door Automation
Open/Close SensorsIFTTT
Coming Soon
SirenIFTTT
IFTTT Channel
Amazon EchoIFTTT
Where to Buy
 Nest home automationsmartthings home automationIris home automationBelkin WeMo Home AutomationInsteon home automationwink home automation
Nest home automation
Product
Nest Thermostat
Where to Buy
Climate Control
Energy Monitoring
Smart Blinds
On/Off Wall Switch
Dimming Wall Switch
LED Bulbs
On/Off Plug-in Module
IP Cameras
Nest home automation
iOS App
Android App
Windows Phone App
Web Interface for Control
Communication
Radio
Technology
WiFi, Zigbee, Thread
Nest Compatibility
Philips Hue Compatibility
Sonos Compatibility
Belkin WeMo Compatibility
IFTTT
Dropcam Compatibility
Nest home automation
Motion Sensors
Water Leak Sensor
Smoke and CO Detection
Lock Automation
Garage Door Automation
Open/Close Sensors
IFTTT
Siren
IFTTT
IFTTT Channel
Amazon Echo
IFTTT
Where to Buy
Nest home automation
smartthings home automation
Product
SmartThings 
Where to Buy
Climate Control
Energy Monitoring
Smart Blinds
Yes but difficult.
On/Off Wall Switch
Dimming Wall Switch
LED Bulbs
On/Off Plug-in Module
IP Cameras
smartthings home automation
iOS App
Android App
Windows Phone App
Web Interface for Control
Communication
Radio
Technology
WiFi, Zigbee, Z-Wave, Bluetooth
Nest Compatibility
IFTTT
Philips Hue Compatibility
Sonos Compatibility
Belkin WeMo Compatibility
IFTTT
Dropcam Compatibility
smartthings home automation
Motion Sensors
Water Leak Sensor
Smoke and CO Detection
Lock Automation
Garage Door Automation
Open/Close Sensors
Siren
IFTTT Channel
Amazon Echo
Where to Buy
smartthings home automation
Iris home automation
Product
Iris
Where to Buy
Climate Control
Energy Monitoring
Smart Blinds
On/Off Wall Switch
Dimming Wall Switch
LED Bulbs
On/Off Plug-in Module
IP Cameras
Iris home automation
iOS App
Android App
Windows Phone App
Web Interface for Control
Communication
Radio
Technology
WiFi, Zigbee, Z-Wave
Nest Compatibility
Philips Hue Compatibility
Sonos Compatibility
Belkin WeMo Compatibility
Dropcam Compatibility
Iris home automation
Motion Sensors
Water Leak Sensor
Smoke and CO Detection
Lock Automation
Garage Door Automation
Open/Close Sensors
Siren
IFTTT Channel
Amazon Echo
Where to Buy
Iris home automation
WeMo home automation
Product
WeMo
Where to Buy
Climate Control
Energy Monitoring
Smart Blinds
On/Off Wall Switch
Dimming Wall Switch
LED Bulbs
On/Off Plug-in Module
IP Cameras
Belkin WeMo Home Automation
iOS App
Android App
Windows Phone App
Web Interface for Control
Communication
Radio
Technology
WiFi
Nest Compatibility
IFTTT
Philips Hue Compatibility
IFTTT
Sonos Compatibility
Belkin WeMo Compatibility
IFTTT
Dropcam Compatibility
Belkin WeMo Home Automation
Motion Sensors
Water Leak Sensor
Smoke and CO Detection
Lock Automation
Garage Door Automation
Open/Close Sensors
Coming Soon
Siren
IFTTT Channel
Amazon Echo
Where to Buy
Belkin WeMo Home Automation
Insteon home automation
Product
Insteon
Where to Buy
Climate Control
Energy Monitoring
Smart Blinds
On/Off Wall Switch
Dimming Wall Switch
LED Bulbs
On/Off Plug-in Module
IP Cameras
Insteon home automation
iOS App
Android App
Windows Phone App
Web Interface for Control
Communication
Radio + Powerline
Technology
INSTEON, X10
Nest Compatibility
Philips Hue Compatibility
Sonos Compatibility
Belkin WeMo Compatibility
Dropcam Compatibility
Insteon home automation
Motion Sensors
Water Leak Sensor
Smoke and CO Detection
Lock Automation
Garage Door Automation
Open/Close Sensors
Siren
IFTTT Channel
Amazon Echo
Where to Buy
Insteon home automation
wink home automation
Product
Wink
Where to Buy
Climate Control
Energy Monitoring
Smart Blinds
On/Off Wall Switch
Dimming Wall Switch
LED Bulbs
On/Off Plug-in Module
IP Cameras
wink home automation
iOS App
Android App
Windows Phone App
Web Interface for Control
Communication
Radio
Technology
WiFi, ZigBee, Z-Wave, Bluetooth
Nest Compatibility
IFTTT
Philips Hue Compatibility
Sonos Compatibility
Belkin WeMo Compatibility
IFTTT
Dropcam Compatibility
wink home automation
Motion Sensors
Water Leak Sensor
Smoke and CO Detection
Lock Automation
Garage Door Automation
Open/Close Sensors
Siren
IFTTT Channel
Amazon Echo
Where to Buy
wink home automation

Pricing can greatly fluctuate depending on what website you use, sales, and if the product can support 3rd party hardware. Then of course, there are quality differences. For example, an open/close sensor from SmartThings is typically a multi-sensor which can measure movement, vibration, change in orientation, and temperature, while others just detect open/close movement. However, this is my best guess to help you estimate and compare the price of compatible sensors.

 Nest home automationsmartthings home automationIris home automationBelkin WeMo Home AutomationInsteon home automationwink
ProductNest ThermostatSmartThingsIrisWeMoInsteonWink
Where to Buy
Base or Hub Price$249.00$99.00$59.99NA$79.99$89.00
Door/
Window Sensor Price
NAStarting at $36.00$22.99Coming Soon$34.99$50.00*
Garage Door Automation Price$129.99$79.50$99.00$80.00$79.99$100.00
Motion SensorsNA$49.00$29.99$79.95$34.99$50.00*
Water Leak SensorNA$39.99$29.99NA‎$34.99$35.00
Smoke and CO Detection$99 / Nest Thermostat Can Detect Extreme High or Low Temperatures$50.00$39.97NA$34.99$50.00
Siren
$43.99$34.99
$49.38
Siren SoundNA110dB with Strobe85dB with Flash WarningNANA105dB with Strobe
Where to Buy
 Nest home automationsmartthings home automationIris home automationBelkin WeMo Home AutomationInsteon home automationwink
Nest home automation
Product
Nest Thermostat
Where to Buy
Base or Hub Price
$249.00
Door/
Window Sensor Price
NA
Garage Door Automation Price
$129.99
Motion Sensors
NA
Water Leak Sensor
NA
Smoke and CO Detection
$99 / Nest Thermostat Can Detect Extreme High or Low Temperatures
Siren
Siren Sound
NA
Where to Buy
Nest home automation
smartthings home automation
Product
SmartThings
Where to Buy
Base or Hub Price
$99.00
Door/
Window Sensor Price
Starting at $36.00
Garage Door Automation Price
$79.50
Motion Sensors
$49.00
Water Leak Sensor
$39.99
Smoke and CO Detection
$50.00
Siren
$43.99
Siren Sound
110dB with Strobe
Where to Buy
smartthings home automation
Iris home automation
Product
Iris
Where to Buy
Base or Hub Price
$59.99
Door/
Window Sensor Price
$22.99
Garage Door Automation Price
$99.00
Motion Sensors
$29.99
Water Leak Sensor
$29.99
Smoke and CO Detection
$39.97
Siren
$34.99
Siren Sound
85dB with Flash Warning
Where to Buy
Iris home automation
Belkin WeMo Home Automation
Product
WeMo
Where to Buy
Base or Hub Price
NA
Door/
Window Sensor Price
Coming Soon
Garage Door Automation Price
$80.00
Motion Sensors
$79.95
Water Leak Sensor
NA
Smoke and CO Detection
NA
Siren
Siren Sound
NA
Where to Buy
Belkin WeMo Home Automation
Insteon home automation
Product
Insteon
Where to Buy
Base or Hub Price
$79.99
Door/
Window Sensor Price
$34.99
Garage Door Automation Price
$79.99
Motion Sensors
$34.99
Water Leak Sensor
‎$34.99
Smoke and CO Detection
$34.99
Siren
Siren Sound
NA
Where to Buy
Insteon home automation
wink
Product
Wink
Where to Buy
Base or Hub Price
$89.00
Door/
Window Sensor Price
$50.00*
Garage Door Automation Price
$100.00
Motion Sensors
$50.00*
Water Leak Sensor
$35.00
Smoke and CO Detection
$50.00
Siren
$49.38
Siren Sound
105dB with Strobe
Where to Buy
wink

*Comes together in a $50 package: 2 door/window sensors and motion sensor included

Why IFTTT Matters

Most experts would agree that one of the top challenges facing the internet of things is that even common standards can’t necessarily work together. For example, Z-Wave is a fairly common language but Zigbee is not. Just because a device speaks Zigbee does not mean you can run out to the store and buy anything with a Zigbee logo and expect it to work. Think of it like the English dialect. I speak English but there is a good chance that in the countryside of Ireland I might really struggle to understand our English speaking Irish brothers. IFTTT helps to unite multiple languages and hardware platforms. For example, Nest and SmartThings actually work together because of IFTTT. With IFTTT you can create recipes in a format called “If This Then That”. For example, “If Nest temperature reaches 90 degrees, then SmartThings should trigger the alarm.” There are literally thousands of ideas and recipes online. So when I say that Nest doesn’t have an open/close sensor, I mean that if you have a Nest unit it cannot control an open/close sensor directly. If you have a SmartThings hub, you could connect open/close sensors through IFTTT rules that merge an open/close sensor with Nest. Clear as mud?

How Nest Talks to Others

Over the past few months, the Works with Nest program has really grown. Nest has divided compatibility into multiple sections like automotive, lifestyle, safety, and energy. Works with Nest is not a new gadget or sensor. Instead, it is a way for things to work together to make your life easier. For example, it can connect to Jawbones and certain Whirlpool appliances. It also works with newer Mercedes vehicles that can tell Nest when you are home or away. Dropcam integration is also made possible through Works with Nest. While Nest is not really a “hub,” it can work with other devices.

A second way Nest works with others is through the Thread Group. They’ve partnered with other major home automation players like Samsung, owner of SmartThings, to create the Thread Group. The Thread Group aspires to bring organization and greater security to home automation devices as they compete with other protocols like Z-Wave and Zigbee. Finally, Nest can talk to others through IFTTT integration. The primary problem here is that you will still need a hub to be able to control most home security and automation devices.

SmartThings = Big Things

SmartThings is a newer player but a serious contender. They are constantly working to build new products and connect with existing products. The awesome thing about SmartThings is that they don’t try to do it all on their own. They allow owners and developers to help through an open API concept. If there is a hot automation product on the market, you can bet that SmartThings is working to create a way to connect with it.

SmartThings has started pre-selling their new hub on Amazon for $99. The new SmartThings Hub offers even more security than the original hub and addresses several top concerns. The biggest announcement? The new hub will now work in the cloud or locally. This means that you can still control your smart devices even if the internet fails. If the power fails you will be protected by the new battery backup feature. The new hub will add Bluetooth Smart which will expand compatibility to even more products.

Iris by Lowe’s

I finally had a hands-on Iris experience at the Iris Smart Home during CES 2015. One of the biggest complaints I hear concerning Iris is that they use a proprietary form of Zigbee that doesn’t necessarily play with others. At CES they did not announce any major plans to change to the new Zigbee 3.0 or another open standard. However, since then, Iris has released a Second Gen home automation pack. Lowe’s offers users the chance to use a few basic features for free but most of the features that people would want and expect from a Smart Home are attached to a monthly fee via the Lowes Iris system.

Belkin WeMo and Nest

Belkin and Nest are not hubs but they can connect with other devices through the power of IFTTT. Through IFTTT you can create recipes and get things to work together in new ways. As an IFTTT user I can tell you that it is an app worth owning and really simplifies the home automation process. As SONOS and Phillips Hue both have IFTTT “channels”, WeMo and Nest can connect to them. Another thing I really like about WeMo is that it can work on your local network even if your internet fails. Some systems are useless when the power and internet goes out so this is absolutely a feature that sets WeMo apart.

INSTEON

INSTEON can create full home automation, but they are not compatible with many “other” devices yet. They have their own INSTEON line of products like security devices, sensors, dimmers, light bulbs, cameras, various kits and more. INSTEON is also a recent inductee to the Works with Nest program. With the INSTEON Hub and the app, INSTEON owners can now control their Nest Thermostats and INSTEON system through one app.

INSTEON is both a product and a language, so it is possible we will see the language integrated into other hubs or products in the future. The former Revolv hub was capable of speaking INSTEON but the plug was pulled on the device after they were acquired ironically, or perhaps strategically, by Nest, a Google company.

Also, a huge thank you to Insteon. Their site inspired the framework for this resource.

Wink

Wink started as an app to connect Quirky to GE smart home appliances but it has expanded into an app that can play with many. Wink has also included ClearConnect and Bluetooth LE in the hub which sets it apart from other hubs. Wink partners include Quirky, Chamberlian, Rachio, GE, Honeywell, Kidde, Kwikset, Rheem, Dropcam, Bali, Leviton, Philips, Lutron, Schlage, and more.

In addition, despite rumors of bankruptcy, Wink continues to partner with others. Even partnering with the Canary home security camera, which we’ve featured on SecurityGem several times as it is certainly a top contender.

10/6/2015 Updated to Add Amazon Echo

12/16/2015 Updated pricing.