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smartthings starter kit at Currys for £139.99

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Samsung smartthings starter kit £60 off at currys. Read More
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Samsung smartthings starter kit £60 off at currys.
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#1
Been waiting for this to come back down, Was going to post but you beat me to it
#2
best choice out there. works with Google automation so future proof.
#3
jeffjack
best choice out there. works with Google automation so future proof.


It's only the best choice because it's pretty much the only choice in the UK, this however isn't for the faint of heart!

Don't get me wrong I love the platform, but there are some reliability problems with the platform, not to mention nothing works if your internet connection becomes disconnected, which can be a right pain when you walk in to the room and no lights come on!

If anyone's got any questions though happy to answer as I write code for the platform..
#4
I thought it has partial offline support now to still run local routines like lights?

Also there are a lot of other choices but nothing with the same plethora of functions. More limited options are coming out with hive heating, Swann, amazons echo etc
#5
There have been a few problems with SmartThings having stock issues, it's a bit hit or miss whether or not they maintain stock levels for both the hub and 'things'. The reliability is also an ongoing issue.
There is an excellent Community Forum - it's mainly US but there is a well supported UK section.
With regard to 3rd party devices, you have to confirm they are listed on the official compatability list. Although Smart things encourage you to use other manufacturers for devices, unless they are on that list there will be no official support. There are more and more devices becoming available but checking compatability is a must.
It is a very good system overall but has some way to go before I would trust it for security purposes. It is not an install and forget system - it needs monitoring and maintenance.
But once you get the bug you will end up wanting to expand the system and spending a small fortune.
#6
Meluk9
I thought it has partial offline support now to still run local routines like lights?

Also there are a lot of other choices but nothing with the same plethora of functions. More limited options are coming out with hive heating, Swann, amazons echo etc


I think that this is limited to 2 apps currently, one being the Smart Home Monitor (security) and the other being Smart Lighting, both are very limited in functionality and I don't use either for that reason.. the V2 hub promised local execution, and that was over a year ago now and no further developments to be able to include other apps in that time! Apart from community developments the platform has. It progressed at all, the focus appears to have been purely on fixing the current issues, which have seen some improvement and some things getting worse..

In terms of hive and echo I don't think they are similar really, echo being control not automation.. not heard of Swann though.. HomeKit is closer for the UK but nothing really customisable like ST, wink is the closest really but not available in the UK.
#7
Yes hive and echo are not like ST currently, however I can see they are trying to get into the smart home area. I keep seeing new sensors available for hive I think. They may have a good chance if its easy to use and reliable. Something ST fails on slightly.
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#9
purchased, not opened yet, worth keeping?
#10
^ I am also in the same boat. Purchased, but not opened. Not sure if it will be useful. I currently have, hue, hive and alexa.
#11
VBV
^ I am also in the same boat. Purchased, but not opened. Not sure if it will be useful. I currently have, hue, hive and alexa.

rbramhill1
purchased, not opened yet, worth keeping?

I have this kit, I have 2 of each sensor and this is what I use it for:

Door contacts: My porch light and Pantry light turn on and off when I open/Close the door. (and I get a notification)

Motion Sensors: My bedroom lamp turns on as I come up the stairs. My conservatory lights come on as I sit down to watch TV. (Both turn off after 5 minutes if they do not detect motion)

Smart plugs: Currently operates my scented wax melter throughout the day.

I use Philips Hue bulbs paired to this

IN terms of reliability, i've had no issues so far. Always get notifications.

The App itself is excellent and very user friendly to set up with plenty prompts and good flexibility.

of course you can also use with Harmony hub quite effectively, for e.g your TV an turn on when you arrive home.

Hope this helps, happy to answer any questions you may have
#12
XEntity
jeffjack
best choice out there. works with Google automation so future proof.


It's only the best choice because it's pretty much the only choice in the UK, this however isn't for the faint of heart!

Don't get me wrong I love the platform, but there are some reliability problems with the platform, not to mention nothing works if your internet connection becomes disconnected, which can be a right pain when you walk in to the room and no lights come on!

If anyone's got any questions though happy to answer as I write code for the platform..



hi, i have samsung ks8000 tv, trying to figure how this could integrate? don't suppose you know?
#13
If you go to the SmartThings Forum and do a search for the model it should give you some pointers.
Alternatively if you post a question there, someone is sure to help.

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