Samsung SmartThings: The Future of Smart Homes?

MakeUseOf | 3/1/2017 | Gavin Phillips (Posted by) Level 4
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You might be interested in smart home technology, but with so many options, where do you begin? Do you want smart central heating to save on your heating bill? How about smart lights to save on your energy bill? And what about those smart kettles and fridges — are they really necessary in a smart home?

Samsung has supported the idea of the smart home for a long time. They’ve made numerous entries into the smart home market, and have a dedicated smart home line, called SmartThings. But how do you know if Samsung’s SmartThings is right for your smart home? And does this system represent a smart choice for the future? Let’s take a look.

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What Is A Smart Home?

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What’s on Offer?

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Samsung proudly declares that they have “everything you need to create and monitor your own smart home in no time.” To get started, you’ll need the SmartThings app, a SmartThings hub, and some smart devices to connect. Common devices include surveillance cameras, thermostats, motion sensors, multi sensors, door locks, and power outlets, as well as other specific smart gadgets.

The Samsung smart environment begins with the SmartThings hub. The hub works with a massive range of smart home protocols and devices, including: IFTTT, Z-Wave, ZigBee, WiFi, Bluetooth, Nest, and Amazon Echo. The hub currently retails for $100 and is an excellent starting point for any smart home owner, beginner or not.

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How Does It Compare?

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