Samsung SmartThings Starter Kit - £139.99 @ Maplin
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Samsung SmartThings Starter Kit - £139.99 @ Maplin

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Edited by:"Roohul786"Found 11th Oct
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I know its been this price many times.

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this may be a good deal for the product I dont know , but seems expensive to me for what you get, if someone is genuinely interested in this I'd advise doing some research and seeing what else is available - and whether you really need a 'hub' or is that just tying you to one brand ... cause when you look at the other things you get with it they can be bought elsewhere much cheaper.

The 70 quid hub on its own is not bad value, and better to put the extra 70 quid to use buying some Xiaomi Zigbee door sensors and pir sensors from Gearbest (£5/£7 when get good promo price), a realistic number of them to use in the house instead of 1 of each as supplied in this starter kit. A Zigbee button can be used instead of a presence sensor to say you're in/out of the house.

mcek17 h, 33 m ago

The 70 quid hub on its own is not bad value, and better to put the extra …The 70 quid hub on its own is not bad value, and better to put the extra 70 quid to use buying some Xiaomi Zigbee door sensors and pir sensors from Gearbest (£5/£7 when get good promo price), a realistic number of them to use in the house instead of 1 of each as supplied in this starter kit. A Zigbee button can be used instead of a presence sensor to say you're in/out of the house.

Agree...
Although you can setup your phone as a presence sensor which works well (most days )
I have a few Xiaomi sensors now and they really agree great for the price but a pain to pair.

45ure19 h, 23 m ago

this may be a good deal for the product I dont know , but seems expensive …this may be a good deal for the product I dont know , but seems expensive to me for what you get, if someone is genuinely interested in this I'd advise doing some research and seeing what else is available - and whether you really need a 'hub' or is that just tying you to one brand ... cause when you look at the other things you get with it they can be bought elsewhere much cheaper.

I did just that about 6 months ago when I bought mine.
I paid this price for it and thought it was overpriced but I didn't realise you could buy all the third party stuff cheap.
But when you mention about the hub if you're wanting to get into home automation you will need a hub of some sort.
And I found this one to be the most compatible one as you can link nearly all zwave and zigbee products.
There are other hubs you can consider like Vera,hue,Tradfri or even using raspberry pi but that's far more than plug and play.

stefromuk1 h, 21 m ago

I did just that about 6 months ago when I bought mine.I paid this price …I did just that about 6 months ago when I bought mine.I paid this price for it and thought it was overpriced but I didn't realise you could buy all the third party stuff cheap.But when you mention about the hub if you're wanting to get into home automation you will need a hub of some sort.And I found this one to be the most compatible one as you can link nearly all zwave and zigbee products.There are other hubs you can consider like Vera,hue,Tradfri or even using raspberry pi but that's far more than plug and play.


With regards a hub and home automation, it depends on a case by case basis what you wish to achieve and competency levels, on the latter I reckon I am an average guy with an awareness of technologies but without being a coder etc . in terms of home automation I believe I have achieved a lot with IFTTT, various brands of products plus Google Home - is the latter the hub may be, but to be honest I see it purely as the voice interface... and with hindsight I could have used my phone but we all like to buy a toy from time to time

45ure20 h, 48 m ago

With regards a hub and home automation, it depends on a case by case basis …With regards a hub and home automation, it depends on a case by case basis what you wish to achieve and competency levels, on the latter I reckon I am an average guy with an awareness of technologies but without being a coder etc . in terms of home automation I believe I have achieved a lot with IFTTT, various brands of products plus Google Home - is the latter the hub may be, but to be honest I see it purely as the voice interface... and with hindsight I could have used my phone but we all like to buy a toy from time to time

Yeah that's true , but there's only so far you can go with your phone and alexa/google.
I don't know if any contact sensors , motion sensors, light bulbs, smoke alarms , locks etc that will work without a hub and that's what I like so when I wake in the morning the motion sensor picks me up and will disarm the monitoring system in SmartThings , turn on my 2 downstairs lamps and even turn my tv on if I want.
But like you say it's how far into out you want to go.

stefromuk43 m ago

Yeah that's true , but there's only so far you can go with your phone and …Yeah that's true , but there's only so far you can go with your phone and alexa/google.I don't know if any contact sensors , motion sensors, light bulbs, smoke alarms , locks etc that will work without a hub and that's what I like so when I wake in the morning the motion sensor picks me up and will disarm the monitoring system in SmartThings , turn on my 2 downstairs lamps and even turn my tv on if I want.But like you say it's how far into out you want to go.


my house alarm is an old wired one which I have connected up via arduino and when it triggers I get a web event to IFTTT and manage it from there - not thought of disarming it as say I leave the bedroom not sure if that would get too complicated in my situation with kids etc. light bulbs work fine, I use a variety of brands based upon price/function, for plugs they all do the same thing so provided they are IFTTT compatible the cheapest tend to be best, plus with forthcoming google home updates much of IFTTT logic I could move there. A simple voice command to phone or google home turn off everything at night whilst turning on lights on route to stairs etc - could do that with a sensor but voice command works for me - at the end of the day a little of this is convenience based , but most of it is me just playing and having fun
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