SmartThings is Samsung’s solution to turn your home into a smart home. SmartThings is a range of smart products. The hub is the brain of the installation. SmartThings also provides several devices.
SmartThings works with multiple brands such as Google Home, Amazon Echo, Net Gear Arlo, Ecobee or Schlage.
For this product review, we have tested the following products:
It is the brain of the installation. It allows you to monitor and control your smart home.
The sensor controls the movements in your home and can send you alerts if unexpected motion is detected. It also monitors temperature.
This sensor can monitor if doors, windows or cabinets are open or closed. It also monitors temperature.
Place it on keys, in a bag or anywhere else and get notified when people come into your home or leave it.
The water leak sensor monitors moisture and notifies you if there is a leak. It also monitors temperature.
The SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit contains the SmartThings hub, a motion sensor, 2 multipurpose sensors and one outlet. We have also tested the arrival sensor and the water leak sensor.
We were quite impressed by the Apple-esque presentation of SmartThings’ packaging. The minimalist design of the devices is elegant. Unfortunately, when hold in hand the devices’ material don’t seem very resistant. It is understandable for its low price.
The Home Monitoring kit also contains a Quick-Start guide, the power supply, an Ethernet cable to connect the hub to your router and 4 AA batteries.
Download the SmartThings app available on iOS and Android. On the app, Sign up for an account or Log in with your account. Here is an overview of the SmartThings app:
The main screen of the app is the Smart Home Monitor. In the Status Tab, you can see the current status of your home.
In the History Tab, you can see the history of detections.
The second screen is My Home. In the Things Tab, there is the list all your devices and their status. You can turn your lights on from this screen. Add new devices with the button +Add a thing at the bottom of the screen.
In this section, Tap on any device to access its Settings. For example, the motion sensor gives you the temperature, tells you if there is motion or not, gives the battery status.
Manage your rooms in the Rooms Tab.
In the Family Tab, you can see the members of your family detected by their phone or Arrival Sensor.
In the Automation screen, the Routines Tab lets you configure your routines. Good morning, for example, is the routines that activates when you wake up.
Manage the apps of the devices compatible with SmartThings in the SmartApps Tab.
The Marketplace screen lists all the devices and apps compatible with SmartThings.
SmartThings is a great solution if you want to begin with home automation. The app is very user-friendly. The hub and its devices are stable. However, we have seen some limitations:
- When using the hub with other smart products. When used with Amazon Echo or Google Home, for example, you can only use the voice assistant to turn on or off SmartThings outlet (“Ok Google, turn on the Outlet”). We regret that you cannot use Alexa or Google to ask for the room temperature (all SmartThings sensors measure the temperature).
- In the routines. The routines are limited in possibilities. It is not possible to use a timer before performing an action.