Frustrated With Samsung SmartThings? Here Are Your Options

MakeUseOf | 2/28/2018 | Dan Price
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Using smart devices around your home should make your life better. Once you spend some time setting them up, they can save you time, energy, and money.

Sadly, technology is rarely so simple. Things are always going wrong. And if it takes you longer to fix your smart home device than it would to perform a given task manually, the device quickly starts to lose its allure.

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If your Samsung SmartThings setup is giving you grief, what are your options? In this article, we’ll offer some common troubleshooting tips and look at alternatives you could use instead.

Here are three of the most common issues you’ll encounter when using SmartThings devices.

Samsung - SmartThings - System - Devices - Time

Samsung SmartThings is a modular system. You can keep adding more devices over time.

A defective Remove to Pair pull-tab is often the cause of the issue.

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It’s easy to know if you can tell if you have a defective pull-tab. Your device’s LED won’t light up and pairing will be impossible. The issue is especially common if the tab ripped when you removed it for the first time.

To fix the problem, you need to remove the device’s cover. Once exposed, remove the battery and blow on both the battery and the device’s battery compartment. Your aim is to remove any remnant parts of the tab.

SmartThings - Devices - Signal

SmartThings devices talk to each other wirelessly. As such, they are often afflicted by a weak signal.

A weak signal could cause a device to unreachable for extended periods. And in the case of a water leak or intruder, a disconnected device could prove to be very costly.

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You can, however, tweak your set up to improve the situation.

Firstly, try to make a device’s line-of-sight as clear as possible. Wireless signals struggle to pass through thick walls.

Socket - Midway - Hub - Device

If that doesn’t help, try adding a socket midway between your hub and the troublesome device....
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