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Integrate Crestron with SmartThings, Including ZigBee, Z-Wave: Free Github Code

Upgrade SmartThings DIY customers to Crestron pro home automation ... or add ZigBee and Z-Wave to existing Crestron smart-home systems with free, updated integration code on github.

Integrate Crestron with SmartThings, Including ZigBee, Z-Wave: Free Github Code
Check out Jay Basen's open-source integration code for Crestron and Samsung SmartThings home automation systems on Github.

Julie Jacobson · September 24, 2018

Software engineer and CE Pro contributor Jay Basen has released an updated driver for integrating Crestron and SmartThings home automation systems. The code is available free of charge on github.

While it might seem odd to meld high-end, pro-installed Crestron smart-home systems with Samsung's DIY hub, Basen points out the compelling benefits of integration:

If the client already has a Crestron system, he notes, "it is a great way for programmers to add inexpensive Z-Wave and ZigBee devices" to expand the system. After all, many third-party device manufacturers offer useful devices in Z-Wave and ZigBee flavors that are not available in Crestron's own Infinet protocol.

Basen also suggests the integration between these two systems could be useful for migrating a homeowner's existing Z-Wave/ZigBee automation system into a Crestron system "without having to go through the added expense of replacing all the smart light switches, dimmers, etc., that are connected to an existing hub."

He says he currently uses the driver for his own home-automation system, "and have found it to be very reliable."

According to Basen, the list of supported devices now includes:

  • Thermostats
  • Switches
  • Dimmers
  • Motion Sensors (bug fix)
  • Occupancy Sensors
  • Locks (new)


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  About the Author

Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at julie.jacobson@emeraldexpo.com

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Control & Automation · Automation · Lighting · Whole House Control · News · Products · Crestron · IoT · SmartThings · Z-Wave · ZigBee · All Topics
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Comments

Posted by adorsett on September 25, 2018

I agree that it’s like putting a Tesla touch-panel in a Honda Civic, however, sometimes we have to drive a Honda Civic because we have no choice.  For instance, my new Samsung Induction Cooktop integrates with Smartthings but doesn’t have it’s own API for Creston to integrate with.  And some homeowner may have invested in half a dozen Z-Wave locks but Creston doesn’t have the ability to integrate cleanly with a Z-Wave Kwikset or Yale lock.  So having integration makes total sense to me.  I wish Crestron would step up and create more drivers to integrate more DIY things to make it easier on their integrators.  Nothing like having a customer go to Bestbuy and see the latest cool widget but not being allowed to install it because it doesn’t integrate with their control system.

Posted by adorsett on September 25, 2018

I agree that it’s like putting a Tesla touch-panel in a Honda Civic, however, sometimes we have to drive a Honda Civic because we have no choice.  For instance, my new Samsung Induction Cooktop integrates with Smartthings but doesn’t have it’s own API for Creston to integrate with.  And some homeowner may have invested in half a dozen Z-Wave locks but Creston doesn’t have the ability to integrate cleanly with a Z-Wave Kwikset or Yale lock.  So having integration makes total sense to me.  I wish Crestron would step up and create more drivers to integrate more DIY things to make it easier on their integrators.  Nothing like having a customer go to Bestbuy and see the latest cool widget but not being allowed to install it because it doesn’t integrate with their control system.