Samsung SmartThings Starter Kit Argos half price £99
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Samsung SmartThings Starter Kit Argos half price £99

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Found 16th Nov
The easy way to turn your home into a smart home Contains a SmartThings Hub, a Multi Sensor, a Motion Sensor, a Presence Sensor, and an Outlet Requires an internet-connected Wi-Fi router with an available Ethernet port, plus the free SmartThings app for Android or iPhone.

Add some smart devices and put your home to work. Choose from a wide range of compatible devices, including lights, speakers, locks, thermostats, sensors, and more. Visit SmartThings. Com to learn more about the full range of compatible devices.Use Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa to control your smart home. Teach your house new tricks by telling it what to do when you're asleep, awake, away, and back home.Wireless .Fully expandable system - up to .

Pack includes:

Batteries required: 4 x (included), .Weight 82g

16 Comments

Original Poster

This is a good price, I paid £139 few months ago...

Same deal already being discussed here from Maplin, Argos is probably easier for most.. but just to avoid same questions being asked here (heat added)

hotukdeals.com/dea…148

Would this mean I wouldn't need a Philips Hue Hub? Just the bulbs? I assume there is more control for Philips lighting if you use it's own hub though.
Edited by: "wss" 16th Nov

Original Poster

I use osram lightify works fine with that..

oos everywhere looks like

Better to buy echo with hub

@mcek would you go for this or Xiaomi if this was the deal on the table now, you had neither, and you know what you know?

josh97116 m ago

@mcek would you go for this or Xiaomi if this was the deal on the table …@mcek would you go for this or Xiaomi if this was the deal on the table now, you had neither, and you know what you know?


I'm an advocate for the cheap Xiaomi sensors and bulbs. I started with a Xiaomi hub and a single sensor to test.
I also bought the cheap Zwave usb dongle and Zwave door sensors from Foniacs/ebay a couple of weeks before it was posted on HUKD. The plan was always to integrate the Zigbee Xiaomi with the Zwave using Home Assistant or Domoticz.
This was because I read that Smartthings local network functionaility was poor, and I do not want to rely on a cloud system.

But I've always thought that it's good to go with the Smartthings hub by itself, then add sensors, either Zigbee or Zwave.
The cost of what you get in the starter pack seems poor- and not enough. Get yourself as many door sensors as you need when the promo Xiaomi price is good, 20% of a samsung price. Get a cheap Zwave door sensor for the shed or where you need a longer range. With you Samsung hub you get a warranty, support and some flexibility. And I've read that local network support has improved. And, if they work with Sonoff devices, even better.

mcek24 m ago

I'm an advocate for the cheap Xiaomi sensors and bulbs. I started with a …I'm an advocate for the cheap Xiaomi sensors and bulbs. I started with a Xiaomi hub and a single sensor to test.I also bought the cheap Zwave usb dongle and Zwave door sensors from Foniacs/ebay a couple of weeks before it was posted on HUKD. The plan was always to integrate the Zigbee Xiaomi with the Zwave using Home Assistant or Domoticz.This was because I read that Smartthings local network functionaility was poor, and I do not want to rely on a cloud system.But I've always thought that it's good to go with the Smartthings hub by itself, then add sensors, either Zigbee or Zwave.The cost of what you get in the starter pack seems poor- and not enough. Get yourself as many door sensors as you need when the promo Xiaomi price is good, 20% of a samsung price. Get a cheap Zwave door sensor for the shed or where you need a longer range. With you Samsung hub you get a warranty, support and some flexibility. And I've read that local network support has improved. And, if they work with Sonoff devices, even better.


My plan has always been to hoover up cheap Xiaomi sensors, buttons, yeelights etc and then jump on the best hub deal. The fact that this comes with a smart plug socket (Something i wanted and a Xiaomi one is £20 with the compromise of needing a UK adapter on both front and back of it).

I've got a HASS.io instance but will not get it off the ground for family use as it's (probably) not as polished as the samsung in terms of app interface etc. Plus I could keep the HASS.io for my own tinkering anyway, no harm having that as well, but using Samsung ST as the base for running automation between switches, buttons and lights.

Sonoff works with ST. I have a sonoff relay too but haven't dared flash it's firmware yet

My current feeling is to swoop for the ST hub due to it having extra than the Xiaomi gateway Zwave and the family acceptance factor........btw have you seen this deal <- edit you've posted on there so of course you have
Edited by: "josh971" 16th Nov

josh97114 m ago

My plan has always been to hoover up cheap Xiaomi sensors, buttons, …My plan has always been to hoover up cheap Xiaomi sensors, buttons, yeelights etc and then jump on the best hub deal. The fact that this comes with a smart plug socket (Something i wanted and a Xiaomi one is £20 with the compromise of needing a UK adapter on both front and back of it).I've got a HASS.io instance but will not get it off the ground for family use as it's (probably) not as polished as the samsung in terms of app interface etc. Plus I could keep the HASS.io for my own tinkering anyway, no harm having that as well, but using Samsung ST as the base for running automation between switches, buttons and lights.Sonoff works with ST. I have a sonoff relay too but haven't dared flash it's firmware yet :DMy current feeling is to swoop for the ST hub due to it having extra than the Xiaomi gateway Zwave and the family acceptance factor........btw have you seen this deal


I agree. And it's a good plan.
Not all the Xiaomi devices are sensible for the uk, the plug is a an example, and the wall light switches.
The Sonoff range is better, they have UK type wall switches too, and I bought their wifi relay switches to hardwire into plug extension for power monitoring. Their UK plug looks ok itead.cc/sma…tml, and Banggood had a good promotion a few weeks ago.
I will continue slowly adding to the HASS setup for now only because the cost has been low so far (£15 Xiaomi hub, £6 Zwave dongle, £12 Pi Zero W) and at the time the ST hub was expensive. But I may get a single Samsung hub to try, just not the starter pack.

mcek1 h, 37 m ago

I agree. And it's a good plan.Not all the Xiaomi devices are sensible for …I agree. And it's a good plan.Not all the Xiaomi devices are sensible for the uk, the plug is a an example, and the wall light switches.The Sonoff range is better, they have UK type wall switches too, and I bought their wifi relay switches to hardwire into plug extension for power monitoring. Their UK plug looks ok https://www.itead.cc/smart-home/smart-socket.html, and Banggood had a good promotion a few weeks ago.I will continue slowly adding to the HASS setup for now only because the cost has been low so far (£15 Xiaomi hub, £6 Zwave dongle, £12 Pi Zero W) and at the time the ST hub was expensive. But I may get a single Samsung hub to try, just not the starter pack.


i've gone for this starter kit and some Aqara door sensors, looking forward to trying it out. yea one of the sensors don't look great in the ST kit, but the plug are unfortunately expensive and i want at least one rock solid one before I get my soldering iron out on my sonoffs

sam_of_london3 h, 23 m ago

Better to buy echo with hub


I'm not a developer and have very limited technical knowledge, but this post on the Amazon developer forums - forums.developer.amazon.com/que…tml posted on the 8th Nov, with no response as of now...would suggest it's not better to buy the echo with hub right now.

Please correct me if I'm wrong as I don't own the echo with hub.
Edited by: "xmikebx" 16th Nov

mcek13 h, 14 m ago

I'm an advocate for the cheap Xiaomi sensors and bulbs. I started with a …I'm an advocate for the cheap Xiaomi sensors and bulbs. I started with a Xiaomi hub and a single sensor to test.I also bought the cheap Zwave usb dongle and Zwave door sensors from Foniacs/ebay a couple of weeks before it was posted on HUKD. The plan was always to integrate the Zigbee Xiaomi with the Zwave using Home Assistant or Domoticz.This was because I read that Smartthings local network functionaility was poor, and I do not want to rely on a cloud system.But I've always thought that it's good to go with the Smartthings hub by itself, then add sensors, either Zigbee or Zwave.The cost of what you get in the starter pack seems poor- and not enough. Get yourself as many door sensors as you need when the promo Xiaomi price is good, 20% of a samsung price. Get a cheap Zwave door sensor for the shed or where you need a longer range. With you Samsung hub you get a warranty, support and some flexibility. And I've read that local network support has improved. And, if they work with Sonoff devices, even better.


What would you recommend out of Domoticz or Home Assistant, I found Home Assistant quite complicated to setup and gave up.

i noticed on amazon that there's a ST Hub 2.0, does anyone know if the one in this kit is the 1st or 2nd gen?
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