Samsung's next generation of SmartThings gear is here

CNET | 8/13/2018 | Molly Price
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Samsung's latest SmartThings products include a new SmartThings hub, button, sensor and outlet.

It seems, after last week's Galaxy Note 9 Unpacked event, that Samsung is turning its attention to the smart home. Today, Samsung announced a second generation of SmartThings products, including upgrades to the SmartThings hub, a water leak sensor, motion sensor, multipurpose sensor and smart outlet.

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Let's start with the hub. The new SmartThings Hub is smaller. It's upgraded with the most recent Zigbee, Z-Wave and Bluetooth 4.1 protocols.

What's really notable here is that SmartThings finally got wise to the idea that people might want to keep their hub somewhere other than where their router resides. The new SmartThings Hub connects to your Wi-Fi network wirelessly, so you'll no longer have to tether it to your router via an Ethernet cable. That's a great upgrade, but SmartThings isn't first here. The Wink Hub 2 is also wireless.

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While it's nice that Samsung is improving its hub, it's worth nothing that there are now several options for SmartThings hub hardware. The recently announced Galaxy Home smart speaker has a built-in SmartThings Hub, and so does...
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