Samsung SmartThings is prepared in a way to make things better, providing a single hub and a single application that can control all the smart gadgets in your home.
With the Samsung SmartThings Hub V3, extensive gadget support and more efficient third-party integration, such as Amazon Alexa, has drastically enhanced SmartThings.
One of the greatest agonies when developing a smart home is that you mostly end up with a collection of various devices. 🙄
Unavoidably, it means installing several different apps to sit side by side an increasing collection of hubs attached to your router.
SmartThings Hub isn’t the first participant to the DIY market of smart gadgets, it’s originated before by the organizations including Home Seer, Insteon, and Vera but this hub has picked up the kind of standard market acceptance that has evaded its seniors.
Samsung SmartThings Hub V3 2020 Review
The Smartthings hub Design
I agree with the fact that the contact sensor is a little smaller than expected, but this device can’t be defined as sleeker.
Additionally, the hub has a bigger boxier shape to oblige the batteries. It’s mains-powered, even though it takes 4 AA batteries (provided) reinforcement.
In case of a power failure, your system will still be able to run some automation including security monitoring. The new Hub supports Z-wave Zigbee and other internet devices.
Features of SmartThings Hub V3
Since the last few years, Samsung is continuously improving the initial design of its SmartThings Hub.
There are three different generations in the market, and it’s easy to choose which one is the best.
Firstly, the V1 is outdated now, and it’s difficult to find in the market.
Also, some features are missing if we compare it with V2, and 3rd Generation such as WIFI and IO connections.
When SmartThings V1 came into the market, the design only contained a simple Ethernet port and power supply.
After some good updates and adding some decent features, SmartThings launched the 2nd Generation which includes 2 USB ports for future enhancement.
The more the USB ports are, the more beneficial it will be in the future. Apart from that, the 2nd Generation also contains power and an Ethernet port, the same as the 1st Generation.
Then came V3 the last edition till now, contains the same features as 2nd Generation. Just the difference is that design is a bit more rounded.
Ports available as same as the 2nd generation but they’re removable. If we talk about connectivity than SmartThings V1, and V2 only has the option via connected ethernet wire to the router whereas, V3 can connect through ethernet wire or wirelessly too.
The Samsung SmartThings hub device is space friendly, and you can easily put it in your cabinet. There is a big size difference between Vi and V2/V3. The 2nd and 3rd Generation SmartThings are smaller and lighter in weight.
Samsung SmartThings V3 Supported Devices
The list of supported devices is long, and it is guaranteed that these will work.
Other devices such as Z-Wave and Zigbee will also work well with Hub, but they’re not part of the official list.
This will let you choose from a long list of accessories including Key free smart door lock, Door sensors, etc.
An additional benefit of these devices is that communication has been easier and is two-way making the information understandable.
For instance, if you set a security alarm, the window sensor will caution you if it’s already open.
This latest third generation Device has 2 USB ports and a built-in LE Bluetooth (though it is not enabled at this moment) for future use.
Furthermore, there are other 3rd party alliances that can control some products directly through the device such as, smart bulbs and smart cameras.
One drawback is that the camera part of SmartThings is paid (not free). If free cloud storage features can be used for free, then cameras with free cloud storage should be allowed to use for free too.
You can even use more devices through IFTT which only takes a few seconds to trigger. For the applications which need some seconds, for instance, if you want to trigger a camera to check if the door sensor is activated, then it’s a cool thing.
But, for the things which need immediate response such as turning on/off the lights then IFTT is a bad option. Luckily SmartThings contain a strong API that gives an option for developers to code their own devices which runs directly on the Hub.
Integrations running on the device gives an immediate response such as Nest Lightwave RF (best smart light switch in the market). There is just one problem, beginning third-party integrations isn’t as simple as it looks because it needs a code to reach in developers’ interface.
Lightwave is one of the best, but the user needs to add some scripts to set it up. Users will prefer direct integration rather than adding scripts, to make the configuration easier.
Manual and Automatic Control / Setup
You can easily install and manually control your devices into rooms. For instance, you can turn on or off the lamps, increase or decrease the brightness of lights or can play music.
The interface of this app is very user-friendly which makes it easy for consumers to use.
While using Samsung’s app on IOS, you’ll realize that it’s so easy and efficient to use.
The application has done an extraordinary job strolling you through exactly the steps you should perform to get SmartThings working in your home.
The app will have a check if your hub is fully updated to the latest version, and it then will find all the other SmartThings Hub versions you’ve ever purchased.
If it has successfully found the hub, then it will automatically link all the gadgets with your app. I didn’t have any issue setting up items I found in the app.
Setting up Home Monitoring Kit was relatively easy to set up than it was in the previous version. The new hub automatically finds the motion sensor and turn on / off without digging deep in the app to connect devices; it can be done by just one general connect button.
With all the advantages of the app, setting up devices in different rooms is a little burden. Once the device has been set in a specific room, you’re taken back the gadget list that’s not the same from the list you’ve already used to demonstrate.
It’s confusing at first, but you’ll get used to it. The people who’re updating from the previous SmartThings’ hub will face some difficulty while using the previous SmartThings device with a new hub.
For the users who’re buying for the first time, they won’t face any difficulty but the one who’s upgrading, won’t enjoy the experience.
The best thing about this SmartThings app is that it is free of cost once you’ve bought the hub. Maybe that’s the reason Samsung doesn’t offer a Web interface to control it.
That is a very little comfort for those who’ve spent just 250 on the hub and a couple of sensors. But, Samsung has announced that in 2016 they’ll charge a 5$ fee for the users who want access or advanced features.
We tried out the auto-sync on both Apple iPhone, and Samsung Galaxy S8, and the outcomes were superb. Setup was quick and easy, smart gadgets near the hub were auto-synced once it was logged in the account.
One major distance we figured it out between Android and Apple is the UI. The iPhone users of the SmartThings app found the interface quite simple; there was a moderate approach with simplified settings and fewer features.
For the Samsung Android users, there were more features and advanced controls.
Should I buy the Samsung SmartThings Hub V3?
SmartThings is a superb creation that should shape the foundation of most smart homes. Its great mechanization, an extensive range of compatible gadgets and Alexa support genuinely make it the most adaptable smart home system that I’ve utilized.
By seeing its abilities, it’s inconceivably well priced, particularly considering that the device supports things like Zigbee, Z-wave and other custom apps.
Zigbee and Z-wave will alone cost a similar amount as SmartThings device. Third-party integrations are just amazing seeing the fact that how well they’re organized.
Samsung’s SmartThings has awesome potential, but some users don’t enjoy the experience with this platform. It can be complicated sometimes, especially at the moment when users get into third-party advancements.
The chances are that if you’re making a smart home, you’re most likely a technically knowledgeable person. We all hope that successive iterations of SmartThings will be more helpful to the automation process.
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