Smartthings Hub in 2018

Smartthings home automation is one of the best hubs you can buy.  If you are looking to make your home a smart home this is a simple place to start.

In September 2012 SmartThings secured $1.2 million through a Kickstarter campaign.  In August 2014, SmartThings announced that they had reached an agreement to be acquired by Samsung for $200 million dollars and would operate as an independent company within Samsung’s Open Innovation Center.

SmartThings Hub
Your home needs a brain, so get started with a SmartThings Hub. It connects wirelessly with a wide range of smart devices and makes them work together.

SmartThings works with a wide range of connected devices including lights, speakers, locks, thermostats, sensors and more. It does this using a wide range of protocols such as Z-Wave, Zigbee, WiFi, and local network connectivity.

Everything is setup and controlled from the SmartThings App.  Once setup, you can also use the Amazon Alexa to control your smart home. Teach your house new tricks by telling it what to do when you’re asleep, awake, away, and back home.

One example of a SmartThings starter bundle includes “a motion sensor, a moisture sensor, a smart outlet, two fobs with ‘presence’ sensors, and two multi-sensors that can detect movement, vibration, orientation and temperature.  You can add an unlimited number of sensor and IoT devices to the system and it only becomes more robust as you do!

There are also a number of ways to extend the functonality of the SmartThings hub using the develeoper portal and web tools.  These tools are technically provided for developers who want to create ways to interact with the SmartThings hub, but the open source community has embraced this and created many ways to extend the functionallity of the hub to include touch screen remotes such as Action Tiles.

Create custom interfaces to control your smarttings hub.

Since Samsung’s purchase of SmartThings they have started to integrate the technology into other devices such as fridges, TV’s and there new wireless home network called Samsung Connect.

The Samsung Connect Home Smart Wi-Fi System, a Wi-Fi router and a SmartThings Hub, all in one. Not only does it deliver an optimized Wi-Fi signal to every corner of your home, it also works as a SmartThings Hub.

This is a great option for somebody who is looking for new a new WiFi system as it provides amazing coverage for you home, and it has an itegrated SmartThings hub as well.  The WiFi works as a mesh network which has become very popular with even Google a similar system.

Overall, if you are interested in Home Automation and Smart Home Technology, the Samsung system is a great way to get started in 2018!

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