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Samsung’s SmartThings Review. Is It Still Worth It?

Samsung SmartThings 3rd gen hub

$56
8.3

Features

8.0/10

Compatibility

9.0/10

Price

8.0/10

Design

8.0/10

Pros

  • Works Over WiFi
  • Compatibilty With Alot Of Devices
  • Works With Zigbee And Z-wave Devices
  • Allows for More Automation than other hubs

Cons

  • Not Compatible with Nest
  • Hard To Upgrade From Older Hub
  • App Needs Updates

Introduction:

If you have devices like smart lights, smart plugs, vacuum, smart thermostats, and so on. Getting then to work with each other and having a complete smart home can be a hassle.

But thanks to the Samsung SmartThing hub, you can make this set up process more comfortable.The SmartThing Hub has been in the market for a while now. And it’s compatible with almost all smart home devices in the market.

The Samsung SmartThing has been the go-to device for creating automation like, “Mute my TV and speakers when the doorbell rings” or ” turn on all security cameras and outdoor lights at night” and so much more.

The latest version of the SmartThing V3 comes into the market at a price tag of $45.99. Although the price comes with some sacrifices, I don’t think it will be a deal-breaker. The SmartThing V3 Hub also has a slimmer design and can work over WiFi connection this time.

What’s In The Box:

1: SmartThings Hub
2: USB Power Cord
3: Ethernet Cable
4: Warranty
5: User Guide

Design:

At first glance, the Smart Hub looks a bit identical to its previous version. But this time, it has a rounder profile with a clean finish.

At the face of the device is where the SmartThings logo is placed, and I think it looks great. Behind the device is where you have the USB port, the Power port, and ethernet cable.

Thanks to the fact that the Hub can work over WiFi. You can place it in your living room or hang it on a wall without it being an eyesore or having wires everywhere.

Features:

The key stand-out Feature of the SmartThings is the compatibility with a lot of smart home devices. It works with almost all the big names you can mention, such as Arlo, Phillip hue, ring, Lifx, etc.

With nest and few others out of the list. Hopefully, in the future, there become compatible with the Hub.

The new SmartThings hub V3 can be connected either through the ethernet cable or WiFi. Which is great since most people usually place their routers in the basement.

So with SmartThings 3rd gen hub, you can set it at the center of your home to help it communicate with your smart devices better.

Unlike the previous version, which has an inbuilt battery for backup during power outages. The SmartThings 3rd gen decided to ditch the battery this time.

I wish it were included, but still, it is not so much of a deal-breaker anyway. We can also thank the batteries for the lower price tag on this device.

SmartThings V3 hub does not have onboard memory. So all your commands and automation are stored in the cloud. This is good as it offers you more memory for your Smart Home Devices.

Automation and commands will still be fast. Just make sure you don’t place your SmartThing Hub too far from your Router or Your devices.

The part where I encountered the most difficulty was with the app. Although I am sure, future updates will fix it. Some of the issues I encountered were during discovering devices.

Some of my smart home devices were not discovered, even after trying multiple times. I then had to manually type in the device and then link it up with the SmartThings Hub.

Samsung’s SmartThings works with Zigbee and Z-wave devices. Connections to any ZigBee or Z-wave devices 50 – 130 feet away should be strong and fast.

When creating automation and scenes ( which I will get back to later), the app was smooth. Although you might need to watch out for specific automation, that overlay each other. Resulting in some not running.

AUTOMATION:

Samsung SmartThings hub uses the IFTTT- type protocol that assigns certain conditions to trigger specific devices.

You can set the condition to perform different actions based on the time of day, your phone location, or the status of other devices. For example, you can tell SmartThing, “if i am out. Turn of all light or ” if doorbell rings, mute TV and turn on lights” and so much more.

When setting up automation, just make sure that some conditions do not overlay each other, or else it can sometimes be frustrating.

Well, setting up everything correctly, it is more of a trial and error scenario. But once you have gotten all settings right, then your home should be semi-autonomous.

All you need is a couple of mins a week to check the app or change certain scenes.

Scenes:

In the app, you can control multiple devices with one button with a feature called Scene. With this feature, you can create different Scenes at different times, events, moods, etc.

For example, you can create a scene called MOVIE, and give it the command to switch on the “tv and switch to RGB lights.” Or you can create a morning scene that turns on the lights, coffee pot, read your emails and turn on the vacuum cleaner. The options are endless with SmartThing

Just like automation. If you are new to smart home automation, then it might take you some time to optimize it to your preference fully.

But after that, all you need is regular maintenance and battery change for battery-powered devices.

VOICE CONTROL:

The Samsung SmartThing Hub does not have an inbuilt mic or speaker, so you can’t use it for voice command. Instead, you can link it up with Alexa or Google’s assistant to handle that section.

It does not support Apple’s home kit, though. If you are into the Apple ecosystem and you are not looking to switch to another assistant, then I don’t think this Hub is for you.

But I feel the Alexa and Google assistants, among others, are good enough.

INSTALLATION:

Physical installation is as simple as plugging the power cord to the device and switching it on from the wall socket.

Linking the SmartThing Hub with the app was also smooth. You must have a Samsung account to access it. If you don’t have an account, then create one.

After that, connect the Hub to your home WiFi network. Make sure the Hub is not too far from your router. If it’s too far, you may experience periodic disconnections.

You can then go to the device section and scan for available smart home devices around you. If the app does not detect some devices, then you will need to type them in and add them up manually.

WHAT IS A SMART HOME HUB:

With the ever-increasing desire to automate as many devices in your home as possible and having that perfect smart home. Different smart home products are being released every day with different functionality and features.

Most of them come with a dedicated hub or works with either Alexa, Google Assistant, or Apple home kit.

While those hubs should work fine for you. You might still need a dedicated smart hub to help you control all your smart home devices at one central Hub.

You will also need it when creating certain routines and automation, which would be difficult or impossible with a regular assistant. Like building a routine that automatically turns on your lights, coffee pot, and TV.

With your assistant, you would have to do that manually step by step. If you are just starting with the whole smart home project and you only have a few smart devices, then I don’t think you need a smart hub.

But if you have tons of smart devices from different companies and you wish to control them all in one spot. As well as creating certain automation, then you definitely need a smart home hub.

CONCLUSION:

For my final taught. Taking into consideration the easy installation process, advanced automation options, compatible with tons of devices, and the ability to work on both ZigBee and Z-wave devices.

The Samsung SmartThing is still one of the best smart home hubs you can get for your smart home. Although there are still some aspects that need improvements. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to start a smart home project.

If you already own the SmartThings 2nd gen and it is not giving you issues, then I don’t think you need to upgrade to the 3rd gen. At such a low price, the SmartThings 3rd gen is one of the best Smart Hub you can get. And it gets our seal of approval.

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