Samsung Smartthings starter kit only £99.99 Currys
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Samsung Smartthings starter kit only £99.99 Currys

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Found 30th Nov
Looking for a solution to voice automate my Hive active thermostat and came across Samsung Smartthings at Curry's currently on for 99.99, half price

Also available is the hub on its own for 49.99

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Been this price since the beginning of BF week.

It's a hub that talks speaks the two most common smart home languages - Zigbee and Z-Wave. Basically it takes a whole range of different manufacturers products and gets them talking together without each needing it's own hub. So Philips Hue lights need their own hub, as do Hive lights, and several others. The ST hub replaces them.

You can then get everything working together. This kit comes with a motion sensor and a door alert sensor. So you can (quite easily) in the app set it up so that if the front door opens after midnight, your bedroom light flashes. Or if your landing motion sensor detects movement overnight it turns the landing light on, and sets it to 20% (for example.) Some elements of it can take a bit of digging into, like where a manufacturer's products isn't natively supported and the ST community have come up with a workaround. But once you've done the workaround once it's easy - an 90% of the time it's two taps to add a thing.

I think it's brilliant and worth every penny.
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What does this actually do

Been this price for at least a week pretty much everywhere.

I'm thinking of possibly making my home a smart home (just bought a few echos). What do these do and what else would I need?

Been this price since the beginning of BF week.

It's a hub that talks speaks the two most common smart home languages - Zigbee and Z-Wave. Basically it takes a whole range of different manufacturers products and gets them talking together without each needing it's own hub. So Philips Hue lights need their own hub, as do Hive lights, and several others. The ST hub replaces them.

You can then get everything working together. This kit comes with a motion sensor and a door alert sensor. So you can (quite easily) in the app set it up so that if the front door opens after midnight, your bedroom light flashes. Or if your landing motion sensor detects movement overnight it turns the landing light on, and sets it to 20% (for example.) Some elements of it can take a bit of digging into, like where a manufacturer's products isn't natively supported and the ST community have come up with a workaround. But once you've done the workaround once it's easy - an 90% of the time it's two taps to add a thing.

I think it's brilliant and worth every penny.

noisyassassin6 m ago

I'm thinking of possibly making my home a smart home (just bought a few …I'm thinking of possibly making my home a smart home (just bought a few echos). What do these do and what else would I need?


Yes, and what else do you want?
ST and Alexa will play quite happily. As for what else you need it depends what you want. What are you looking to add? Lights/heating/smart locks?

Nest thermostat works well with alexa

If you had one of these, can you easily add those cheap Xiaomi ZigBee sensors to it? I’ve tried researching it and found people talking about it on forums. But not sure if it’s a straightforward thing, or if it needs and coding/hacks.

Yes, you can. And with the ST community coding/hacks is a 2 minute job - either adding something based upon a default device type, or copy/pasting code from a link on the forums. Don't be put off by it, anyone can do it.

Quick heads up - if you get this, add a motion sensor to the bundle - it takes £10 off (overall) so you get an sensor for £8. They're normally £30 (currently on offer at £17.99.) And I can guarantee you'll use them.

tenohfive19 m ago

Yes, you can. And with the ST community coding/hacks is a 2 minute job - …Yes, you can. And with the ST community coding/hacks is a 2 minute job - either adding something based upon a default device type, or copy/pasting code from a link on the forums. Don't be put off by it, anyone can do it.




This as a bundle or buy individual sensors and peripherals from China, buy just the hub for 49 pounds. Would that be good value and sensible

Can you advise me please

Thanks

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rambobambo33 m ago

This as a bundle or buy individual sensors and peripherals from China, buy …This as a bundle or buy individual sensors and peripherals from China, buy just the hub for 49 pounds. Would that be good value and sensibleCan you advise me pleaseThanks


That's what I intend to do. For me, the peripherals that you get with it (though subsidised when compared to the individual prices) are just to entice you to buy more of the same which will cost a lot more individually and lock you into an eco system. After all, a single plug socket is only so useful. The Samsung Smartthings hub comes into its own when it can be paired with a whole host of third party devices, such as the HIVE thermostat, which itself has shockingly poor (for lack of a better word) support for third party hardware. Just be mindful that support for devices such as the HIVE is, currently unofficial and community based, often a single person. Be sure anything you intend to pair with it has active community support.

Wezi10 m ago

That's what I intend to do. For me, the peripherals that you get with it …That's what I intend to do. For me, the peripherals that you get with it (though subsidised when compared to the individual prices) are just to entice you to buy more of the same which will cost a lot more individually and lock you into an eco system. After all, a single plug socket is only so useful. The Samsung Smartthings hub comes into its own when it can be paired with a whole host of third party devices, such as the HIVE thermostat, which itself has shockingly poor (for lack of a better word) support for third party hardware. Just be mindful that support for devices such as the HIVE is, currently unofficial and community based, often a single person. Be sure anything you intend to pair with it has active community support.


so what are your plans, whole pakage OR HUB and peripherals picked as and when required from far and distant land???

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rambobambo5 h, 40 m ago

so what are your plans, whole pakage OR HUB and peripherals picked as and …so what are your plans, whole pakage OR HUB and peripherals picked as and when required from far and distant land???


Yes hub only for now. I like the fact that the smart hub is able to talk to a wide variety of third party devices. I'll be attaching the HIVE thermostat in the first instance, for no other reason than to get it to work with Google Home. Then as you said, I'll pick up other pieces as and when I need them.

Cheers op and other posters for the info. Might consider this. Just got hive heating and lights up and running with Alexa but want more control!!!! So might invest in this so I'm not forced to buy specific (over priced) equipment and just buy the cheaper stuff and have it all work (with a little tinkering of course)
Edited by: "PavB" 2nd Dec

pavthebeast30th Nov

What does this actually do


If you aren't even capable of using Google then this item isn't for you.

Any one using sonoff devices.....

Turret3 h, 34 m ago

If you aren't even capable of using Google then this item isn't for you.


So not a lot then.

Silly question. Can anyone recommend a good smart alarm system that could possibly integrate with this, like door sensors PIR's etc etc ????

gsusx2 h, 25 m ago

Silly question. Can anyone recommend a good smart alarm system that …Silly question. Can anyone recommend a good smart alarm system that could possibly integrate with this, like door sensors PIR's etc etc ????


Yes I am interested in knowing this as well. At the moment I am using ismart alarm but that does not integrate with samsung

rambobambo5 h, 54 m ago

Any one using sonoff devices.....


I have a variety of sonoff devices setup which include:

Sonoff Basic
Sonoff Dual
Sonoff TH (Temp and Humidity)

There isn't any direct SmartThings integration with sonoff.
You first have to flash the Sonoff switch with a custom firmware and then install the relevant device handler and app on SmartThings.
If done correctly these are indeed worth the effort as mine are working flawlessly.
I did have one of the switches unresponsive after an internet disconnection but that can be easily resolved by rediscovering devices. (Partially my fault for not configuring the DHCP server for a static IP )

On the SmartThings side of things, Plenty of help from the community and also for advanced users there is WebCore integration (to write code for Pistons which give more control over devices).

Below is a picture i took while flashing my sonoff device.
If you need any further information just let me know .

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Masoomraza4 h, 43 m ago

I have a variety of sonoff devices setup which include:Sonoff BasicSonoff …I have a variety of sonoff devices setup which include:Sonoff BasicSonoff DualSonoff TH (Temp and Humidity)There isn't any direct SmartThings integration with sonoff.You first have to flash the Sonoff switch with a custom firmware and then install the relevant device handler and app on SmartThings.If done correctly these are indeed worth the effort as mine are working flawlessly.I did have one of the switches unresponsive after an internet disconnection but that can be easily resolved by rediscovering devices. (Partially my fault for not configuring the DHCP server for a static IP ) On the SmartThings side of things, Plenty of help from the community and also for advanced users there is WebCore integration (to write code for Pistons which give more control over devices).Below is a picture i took while flashing my sonoff device.If you need any further information just let me know .[Image]


Hi

Thanks

That's brilliant.

Can you advise on the following

Can these work directly and natively with Alexa without a hub

Where do you buy these from usually

Any go to guides / websites for flashing stuff

Thanks again

rambobambo4 h, 42 m ago

HiThanksThat's brilliant.Can you advise on the followingCan these work …HiThanksThat's brilliant.Can you advise on the followingCan these work directly and natively with Alexa without a hubWhere do you buy these from usuallyAny go to guides / websites for flashing stuffThanks again


These can indeed work directly with Alexa using the ewelink skill on Alexa.
You need to create an account first using the ewelink app I know it's on Android play store but I have no experience with IOS.
Then you discover and configure your sonoff switches.
After that you connect Alexa with the ewelink skill and your login and then discover devices.
Plenty of videos on YouTube that explain the whole process.
I buy mine from gearbest and they usually take 10-15 days to reach.
They go by the name "smart home WiFi remote timing switch"
I got them under 4 quid each using a coupon code that doesn't work anymore. They are 5 ish now.
You only need to flash them if you want to use them with other home automation systems like smartthings or openhab etc...
You can find the flashing instructions easily by searching on the relevant community forums.
As mentioned earlier I use it with smartthings hub so flashed them with a community created firmware.
Edited by: "Masoomraza" 4th Dec

Thanks a ton

Masoomraza44 m ago

These can indeed work directly with Alexa using the ewelink skill on …These can indeed work directly with Alexa using the ewelink skill on Alexa.You need to create an account first using the ewelink app I know it's on Android play store but I have no experience with IOS.Then you discover and configure your sonoff switches.After that you connect Alexa with the ewelink skill and your login and then discover devices.Plenty of videos on YouTube that explain the whole process.I buy mine from gearbest and they usually take 10-15 days to reach.They go by the name "smart home WiFi remote timing switch"I got them under 4 quid each using a coupon code that doesn't work anymore. They are 5 ish now.You only need to flash them if you want to use them with other home automation systems like smartthings or openhab etc...You can find the flashing instructions easily by searching on the relevant community forums.As mentioned earlier I use it with smartthings hub so flashed them with a community created firmware.


One more question, if I had one of the 4 way sonoff switch integrated into mains for lights around living room. Can I use both main switch and Alexa skill.

Or would you suggest buying sonoff touch plate.

Thanks

rambobambo17 h, 51 m ago

One more question, if I had one of the 4 way sonoff switch integrated into …One more question, if I had one of the 4 way sonoff switch integrated into mains for lights around living room. Can I use both main switch and Alexa skill.Or would you suggest buying sonoff touch plate.Thanks


I also have a 4 channel sonoff which i also flashed with a custom firmware for smart things.
but my actuation system is dependent on battery powered zigbee push buttons.
i have configured pistons in smartthings to create the actuation that trigger the 4 channels independently.

Basically i will not be using the mains switches connected to the device as it powers it down and disconnects them from the network and thus cannot be controlled via app. I am in the process of installing blank face plates on my exiting switches and sticking zigbee buttons on them.

However saying that, the sonoff dual has a pin header dedicated to connect wires to which can be used to turn on off the switches. this can be used as a cheaper option to reconnect and reuse the existing wall mounted switch wiring and use either momentary switches or you can use existing regular switches (but will have to rock then on / off every time for state change).

A bit of safety advise here before you follow any of the above ideas... when i say reusing the existing switch wiring in wall i mean to disconnect them from the live feed and hook them to the dedicated sonoff dual pin terminals for switching.

I haven't experimented with the touch panels as i never intended to use sonoff within the ewelink app infrastructure.
Now saying that, if you are happy with the sonoff touchpanels just make sure they are able to run solely on live wires as we do not have a neutral in switch wiring here in UK. they should have that figured out if these touch panels are designed for EU use.

Masoomraza5th Dec

I also have a 4 channel sonoff which i also flashed with a custom firmware …I also have a 4 channel sonoff which i also flashed with a custom firmware for smart things.but my actuation system is dependent on battery powered zigbee push buttons.i have configured pistons in smartthings to create the actuation that trigger the 4 channels independently.Basically i will not be using the mains switches connected to the device as it powers it down and disconnects them from the network and thus cannot be controlled via app. I am in the process of installing blank face plates on my exiting switches and sticking zigbee buttons on them.However saying that, the sonoff dual has a pin header dedicated to connect wires to which can be used to turn on off the switches. this can be used as a cheaper option to reconnect and reuse the existing wall mounted switch wiring and use either momentary switches or you can use existing regular switches (but will have to rock then on / off every time for state change).A bit of safety advise here before you follow any of the above ideas... when i say reusing the existing switch wiring in wall i mean to disconnect them from the live feed and hook them to the dedicated sonoff dual pin terminals for switching.I haven't experimented with the touch panels as i never intended to use sonoff within the ewelink app infrastructure.Now saying that, if you are happy with the sonoff touchpanels just make sure they are able to run solely on live wires as we do not have a neutral in switch wiring here in UK. they should have that figured out if these touch panels are designed for EU use.


Thanks for the reply.

Can you please look at the following item and advise on it's utility. It's being sent from within UK, looks like a good deal.

rover.ebay.com/rov…862


Also one if the diagrams in the picture shows wires beIN connected to plug or main socket. What does that mean, would you know. Does that mean you can operate both via app/Alexa and mains switch.

Thanks
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