SAMSUNG SmartThings Smart Home Hub 2nd Generation

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Your smart home needs a brain, so get started with a SmartThings Hub. It connects wirelessly with a wide range of smart devices and makes them work together

Add smart devices and put your home to work. Choose from a wide range of compatible devices, including lights, speakers, locks, thermostats, sensors, and more

Use the SmartThings app 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

Power: In-wall power adapter with about 10 hours of backup power from 4 AA batteries (included) Communication. Protocol: ZigBee, Z-Wave, IP. Range: 50-130 feet Operating Temperature: 41 to 95°F. Compatible Brands: Honeywell, Philips Hue, Kwikset

Requires an internet-connected Wi-Fi router with an available Ethernet port, plus the free SmartThings app for Android (4.1 or later) or iPhone (iOS 9.0 or later)

Compatible Brands: Honeywell, Philips Hue, Kwikset

A more powerful processor and local app engine means faster performance and enabled offline processing

Hub connects to your Internet router via the included Ethernet cable, the Hub has a ZigBee, Z-Wave, and Bluetooth radio and also supports selected IP-accessible devices

Replaceable batteries provide backup power that keeps the hub operating locally for about 2 hours if there’s a power outage

Please reference User Guide and Specification Sheet below under ‘Technical Specifications’ for instructions on how to add devices and troubleshoot connectivity issues

Kindly refer user manual and instruction video for reference

Hub connects all of the different smart devices around your home so you can remotely control your home’s security, energy usage, lighting, and more, Range: More than 50 to 100-feet, Power Source: In-wall AC (100-240V)

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Your smart home needs a brain, so get started with SmartThings

SmartThings Hub

Your home needs a brain, so get started with a SmartThings Hub. It connects wirelessly with a wide range of smart devices and makes them work together.

Smart Devices

SmartThings works with a wide range of connected devices including lights, speakers, locks, thermostats, sensors and more. Visit the SmartThings website to see the full list of compatible devices.

Amazon Alexa

Use the SmartThings App 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.

Add some smart devices and put your home to work

Connected Lights and Switches

Set connected lights and switches from Philips Hue, Cree, Sylvania, LIFX, Leviton, and GE to turn on and off when you open doors, change brightness at the right moment, and more.

Connected Cameras and Doorbells

Set connected cameras and doorbells from Arlo, Samsung, Ring, and Skybell to send you video notifications, turn on connected lights when there’s a visitor, and much more.

Connected Door Locks

Set connected door locks from Yale, Schlage, and Kwikset to open when you arrive home, lock when you leave the house, and much more.

Connected Thermostats

Set connected thermostats from Ecobee and Honeywell to turn on when you open the front door, turn off when you leave home, and much more.

More from SmartThings

SmartThings Hub

Connect wirelessly with a wide range of smart devices and make them work together.

SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor

Know when doors and windows are opened or closed.

SmartThings Motion Sensor

Know when there’s movement in your home.

SmartThings Outlet

Control lights, electronics, and small appliances.

SmartThings Arrival Sensor

Know when people, pets, and cars arrive or leave home.

SmartThings Water Leak Sensor

Know when there’s a water leak in your home.

Manufacturer

‎Samjin

Part Number

‎STH-ETH-250

Item Weight

‎8 ounces

Product Dimensions

‎4.9 x 4.2 x 1.3 inches

Item model number

‎STH-ETH-250

Batteries

‎4 AA batteries required. (included)

Is Discontinued By Manufacturer

‎No

Color

‎White

Style

‎SmartThings Hub

Power Source

‎Corded-Electric, Battery

Voltage

‎100 Volts

Item Package Quantity

‎1

Included Components

‎Samsung SmartThings Hub, Quick Start Guide

Batteries Included?

‎Yes

Batteries Required?

‎Yes

Battery Cell Type

‎Alkaline

Average Battery Life

‎10 Hours

ASIN

B010NZV0GE

UNSPSC Code

39120000

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Best Sellers Rank

#140,543 in Tools & Home Improvement (See Top 100 in Tools & Home Improvement)#73 in Home Automation Hubs & Controllers

Date First Available

June 30, 2015

10 reviews for SAMSUNG SmartThings Smart Home Hub 2nd Generation

  1. TJ

    This is actually the second smart home hub that I tried. I like the SmartThings hub because it doesn’t care how many diverse owners of devices in a household you might have. You have no limitations to functionality as to what account is what or who is using a device or service. In a large home with a fairly large multi generation family who all have their own tech devices, this hub really shines. It has a huge number of compatible devices and larger still if one is willing to learn how to use device handlers and work with this hub. We use seven Echo Dots (so far) for voice automation, lists, games for the grandkids, and a Hue bridge for lights. I’m looking at Harmony hubs to handle our own entertainment systems because we buy our own content. The single lesson I have learned since starting down the smart home path, is that no one device does it all well. You’re going to wind up with a neat little row of devices next to your router and in my opinion, the SmartThings hub is critical for the basics like motion, temperature, video and security. This hub is a very good starting point.

  2. Anaguma

    After the 3rd water problem in the house, I decided I needed an auto-water shutoff. The type shown on This Old House was exorbitantly expensive so I checked out EcoNet, Dome, and some other valves. It seems all the cheaper valves require a hub. Amazon had the SmartThings hub on sale for $49 so I just went with it and 4 water sensors at $30 each. This hub requires an ethernet cable and an open port on your router or wireless, but is not wireless itself. Plug it into the net, plug in the power, go online to the SmartThings site, set up an account, enter the code that came with the hub, and sit back and wait. I think it took about 15 minutes until it finally said that the hub was installed.After that, the water sensors were brought to about 10′ from the hub and the battery activated. They appeared immediately on the app on your smartphone and there or on the Samsung site you name or rename the hubs. I got a Dome auto shutoff and it was a bit more problematic to link to the hub, but pushing the button on the valve 3x as fast as you can got it linked-3 times slowly didn’t do it. The Dome valve is Z-Wave and the ST water sensors are Zigbee. With this hub you don’t know the difference; your online account site will tell you which is which if you want to know with actual zigbee addresses or the ZWave device number shown in a table.I’ve checked it out a few times by dampening a sensor and it works fine. The sensor under the washing machine got dropped once so I moved it out a bit away from all the metal and it hasn’t dropped since. The metal appliances must have been weakening the signal.I don’t have any plans to use it for lights or doorbells and such. I already have the porch light and front hall light with motion sensors which work well enough.So now, sitting in front of my black wireless router is a white ST hub. I haven’t really touched it since I plugged it in.

  3. Bill in Arizona

    I have been using Vera, or MicasaVerde, to automate clients homes. I even have used it in my own home. I decided to purchase the Sumsung SmartThings after some in depth research. After my first install, I immediately purchased another for my own home.The first install was for a clients home that was up and running on Vera. The home is a beautiful luxury Airbnb rental owed by sophisticated client. When my client advised they never used the Vera System. I felt like someone had gut punched me. After all, I had spent days setting it up, working through macro scenes and settings. Often on the phone with Vera tech support in Romania. When I asked why? The answer was one I had heard before, it’s just too confusing , the app is too cluttered. Reasearch lead me to Samsung SmartThings. I was able to convert 34 nodes to work with the SmartThings Hub in about 2 hours. No Coding, No Complicated formulas. Just a simple set up procedure . I was even able to do everything on my IPad. I could quickly pair the door locks, the three thermostats, the doorbell, exterior lighting control, even the pool heater. The SmartThings Hub works across many platforms. It even has easy to use options for cameras.The most important feature for this system, (based on my years of home improvement) is ease of use. This system is a snap to understand. Walks you through the automation process step by step. Even will direct you from the app to online manuals for individual products! I expect the system will get even better as Samsumg Engineering and Product Development innovates and updates the product. It works with such a wide range of accessories. I just finished installing at my home too. I highly recommend to first time Automators, to Advanced IT Nerds like me. I will have some Vera units to drop off at the goodwill.

  4. MRL

    For me, the Samsung SmartThings Smart Home Hub (hereafter known as the “Hub”) has exceeded my expectations and is working flawlessly with various Z-Wave Plus devices and with Alexa. My wife and I live in a large three-story townhome. I have 2 Wi-Fi (802.11 n/ac) access points – one that came with my Verizon FiOS in the basement and a TP-Link Archer C9 in a bedroom on the top floor. I have an Echo on the middle floor and an Echo Dot in the basement and on the top floor. The “Hub” is connected to a wired Ethernet local area network.I am in the process of replacing an ancient (predates the dinosaurs) homegrown Elk security system that has no chance of incorporating home automation. I decided to dive headlong into security/automation products. I wanted a complete all-in-one answer rather than one system for security and one system for automation. I also wanted Alexa and IFTTT integration. Enter the “Hub”. Perfect.To test the system before replacing all the old security sensors, I purchased several products – all Z-Wave Plus: Leviton Switch DZ15S, Leviton Dimmer DZ6HD, Leviton Plug-In Outlet DZPA1, Ecolink Motion Sensor with Pet Immunity PIR-ZWAVE2.5-ECO, Ecolink Door/Window Sensor DW-ZWAVE2.5. The Ecolink Door/Window sensors are large. I actually tried several other smaller sensors to no avail.Every one of the devices connected with absolutely no issues.The “Hub” software and the integration with Alexa are working perfectly. I have geo-fencing set up so that when either my Android phone or my wife’s iPhone leave the house or return, the system sends both a text and push notification. I can turn on all the lights when I park the car in front of the house. My front porch lights go on at sunset and off at sunrise – simple setup using the Smart Lights capability. When my wife walks upstairs to the bedroom, a simple “Alexa, turn on the bedroom light” and the light is on. I have not yet tried to set up scenes or rooms but I suspect that will be easy.Ready for this? There are two apps on the Windows 10 Store – Home Remote and SmartThings To Start – that give you access to the devices while sitting at a PC. The SmartThings app on Android, the iPhone and iPad is very easy with a simple interface. You can even put your favorites on the lock screen.The SmartThings app development is open-source. That means you can code your own apps if you are so inclined to try it. To code a smart app you use a derivative of the Java programming language name Groovy (and yes, Groovy is groovy, an easier and more concise language than Java but runs in a Java Virtual Machine).There is also IFTTT if you want to code various actions based on events.So, only a month into my testing, no problems. I am constantly opening and closing doors and windows, walking by the motion detector and giving Alexa a workout turning lights on and off or changing the dimming.The Ecolink devices use the CR123A battery and all devices after a month still show 100%. The Ecolink devices report their battery level to the “Hub”.My house is well covered by two Wi-Fi access points. The Z-Wave Plus devices act in a mesh network and so far no problem with devices not being detected. I would strongly recommend going with Z-Wave Plus devices as the coverage is better with less power draw than the original Z-Wave.For those adventurous souls, there are several tutorials online about coding a SmartThings app using Groovy. One sample has you code an app to turn on a light if motion is detected.By the way, some window/door sensors (the Fibaro and Nortek GoControl for example), are not detected as a window/door sensor but rather as a switch. They report an activity when an event happens (open or close) but do not show the current status (open or closed).And now for the security part. SmartThings has paired with Scout Alarm for professional monitoring. This solves my requirement for one system to handle security and home automation. There is no additional hardware nor contract required to utilize Scout. You can pay my month or yearly at a discount.I expect to continue testing for several more months before I undertake a complete removal of the old security hardware. I will update this review as my testing proceeds.All in all, Groovy!

  5. Aaron Turner

    Got this about a month ago and I’ve been “automating all the things” since then.First up was all the lights in our great room with new Leviton dimmers. They’re kinda spendy, but work great and it’s really nice being able to just ask Alexa to turn on or off the lights in the morning when we wake up, go to bed or leave for work. Pairing with the hub was super easy and it works great.Then I added some Visonic MCT-340 door/window sensors to a few doors and our backyard gate and shed. Nice being able to get an alert should someone open a gate/etc while we’re gone. Again, pairing with the SmartThings hub couldn’t be any easier.Next up was a GogoGate2 garage door opener. Turns out the GogoGate2 only support IFTTT integration and nobody has written the necessary code for direct SmartThings integration. I’m going to blame myself for not doing my homework, but kinda makes the point that you really have to do your homework before you buy things and expect them to just work.So I did more research and picked out the Linear GoControl garage door controller. While the GogoGate2 would require a lot of work (writing custom Groovy code) this worked out of the box and was super easy to pair with the SmartThings hub. This is pretty useful in the SmartThings app, but sadly the Alexa integration is basically non-existent which an Amazon imposed issue, not with SmartThings. Apparently, for “security reasons” you can’t use Alexa to open or unlock doors. Oddly, you can’t even ask Alexa if the garage door is open, which seems kinda stupid. Something to keep in mind!I’ve also integrated with our Trane XL1050 thermostat. This was a bit more work as out of the box as Trane/Nexia makes it _really_ hard to integrate with SmartThings. This is because Nexia wants to use the XL1050 as your ‘smart hub’ and pay Nexia a monthly service fee. Samsung on the other hand doesn’t charge a monthly service fee which is why I bought it instead. Anyways, I found the necessary information to connect my XL1050 on this thread:community.smartthings.com/t/how-do-you-control-a-nexia-thermostat-with-a-smartthings-hub/34046/110Last up was our Logitech Harmony remote/hub for our entertainment system. Easy peasy. Just type in your harmony username/password and it discovers all your settings.Anyways, right now I’m reading up on the SmartThings docs to write my own Device Handler and SmartApp for our HTD whole house audio controller. Obviously, this isn’t for everyone, but I love the fact that SmartThings is an open and extensible platform for those of us who aren’t afraid of using Github and writing some code. If you can code, then pretty much your imagination is the limit when it comes to SmartThings, but if the idea of writing code is either scary or a turn off, realize you can still do a lot of things with the SmartThings Hub, just you’ve got to do your homework in advance and make sure the other devices are compatible.

  6. Adidas1976

    I recently purchased this in November 2016 with the soul purpose of integrating my new Amazon Echo with it to voice control my house. My current set includes: Amazon echo in the kitchen, an Amazon dot in the playroom, an Amazon dot in our master bedroom, approaching 30 different GE Zwave and Zwave+ light switches/dimmers and add on switches (more on that later) and 3 HUE colored light bulbs (more on that later, as well).Goods:1. Pretty easy installation of the hub and app2. Easy recognition of newly installed z-wave devices3. Very active community board with multiple “How-To’s” and FAQs on the smartthing website to help with productsBad:1. The Hub is moderately priced, but buying devices to integrate into the hub is dang expensive2. Occasionally, does not always do what it is meant to do3. Hub has to be plugged directly into the routerDownload the app (I have an iPhone 5). Plug in the hub and DIRECTLY CONNECT THE HUB TO THE ROUTER. This means that the hub has to be in close proximity of the router (I have the latest generation of Apple’s AirPort, which hasn’t changed in 5+ years). Follow the instructions on the app and you’re up and running! I had no issues.Integration goes like this: Purchase GE Zwave light switch, which runs between $35 an $40 a pop! There may be cheaper ones, but not by much. (I recommend staying with the same brand throughout your house. It makes it easier to trouble shoot later on.) Multiply that by how many switches you have in your house! But, you can do this one switch at a time. No need to do all of them all at once. Turn off breaker. Pull out old single switch. Connect the black line wire to the LINE connector on the zwave switch (this is the power coming into the switch box). Connect the black load wire to the LOAD connector on the new switch (this is the black wire coming from the light to power it). Now, these switches need to be connected to the white Neutral wire that is crumbled up in the back of the switch box. These switches come with a pliable extra white wire. Wire nut the whites together. Turn on the breaker and the blue LED light comes on that’s on the switch. Test the switch manually to make sure that you can turn on and off the light. If the blue lights not on, you probably have the black wires switched. Open the app, tap on “Add a Thing”, press up on the switch and the hub recognizes the new switch. Rename it and you’re set.Sounds complicated, but the hardwiring the switch is more complicated than integrating the new switch with the Hub. With the app, I have it set so when both my phone and my wife’s phone break connection with our home wi-if, SmartThings turns off everything. (Have to always remember to remind the babysitter!)Amazon Echo has it’s own app that needs to be integrated, but SmartThings has step by step instructions on that. Had no problem. Now I say, “Alexa, turn off living room lights” and all the lights in the living room turn off. Awesome!The only problem I have had is with 3 way switches. This is where there are 2 or more switches doing the same light. When you pull out the switch on these bad boys, you’ll be met with black, white and red wires. These are wired differently than normal 3 way switches. The way it is suppose to work is that there is one main zwave switch and an add on switch (which has no receiver). When you press the add on switch, it’s suppose to turn off the lights AND send a signal to the main switch, to send a signal to the Hub, so that it registers as on/off on the app. I’ve had some of the newer zwave+ switches that do not register on the app. I.e., I turn off the light with the add on switch, but the app still says the light is on. Not a big deal, but it is annoying. This has only happened on the newer GE 14xxx Zwave switches with the older 12xxx add on switches.Besides this issue, everything has worked flawlessly. Other issues that have appeared are due to my figuring out complex 3 way switches that power multiple different lights. Overall, I would recommend this to anyone interested in an easy entry into home automation!

  7. Onepoorguy

    This device is great!! This allows you to automate various things in your home. You must purchase compatible items in addition to this to make it work. You also need a hardwire network outlet to plug into. This connects the hub to your home network (and therefore to your smartphone wherever you are in the world). The hub communicates with the automation devices wirelessly, so should be centrally located in your home.This hub supports several different protocols. I have z-wave. I purchased z-wave outlets and switches, installed those, and then connected the hub using the smartphone app. In addition to being able to control lighting without having to walk to the switch, which can be very convenient when the switch for the floodlights is in the bedroom but you’re outside and it’s getting dark, but you can also program routines where it will turn lights on and off when you’re not there to make it seem someone is there. Very useful if you’re on vacation.A wide range of devices are available, including garage door openers and “smart locks”. Personally I wouldn’t want the ability to open my home remotely, but it does exist for those who do want it. I find controlling lights and the vacation lighting routines to be well worth the cost of this hub and the z-wave outlets and switches.If you have a smart assistant, like the Google Home, you can link that to the hub also so that a simple voice command turns on lights. My favorite is to tell the assistant “activate goodnight” so that it will run the “goodnight” routine that turns everything off. No need to double-check before going to bed, just tell the assistant to run “goodnight”.

  8. Yuri Dogandjiev

    If you are reading this review then you are already on the right track to building your perfect smart home. At this point in time the SmartThings hub has at least three huge advantages over its competitors:1. It has a great out of box experience where it works with a large set of tightly integrated devices with minimal setup involved typically just involving wizard flows. This includes all of the SmartThings branded accessories as well as pretty much anything on this page – https://www.smartthings.com/products.2. It has an amazingly active community of users and developers who build custom Device Handlers and SmartApps to greatly extend the functionality and compatibility of the SmartThings hub. Because of that, the SmartThings hub can stitch together your disparate ZigBee, Z-Wave, and Wi-Fi based devices (e.g. like the ones from TP-Link and WeMo) into a single point of control and automation.3. It has the support of a large company that is unlikely to go bankrupt or give up on smart home automation anytime soon. if anything, Samsung is continuing to heavily invest in smart home automation and I believe standards like ZigBee and Z-Wave have reached a sufficient level of maturity that most smart home components bought today will last for at least another decade of iterative hub controllers and compatible accessories.Overall, I love my SmartThings hub and it has truly become the center of my smart home. My only advice to you – try to purchase Z-Wave or ZigBee (in that order) devices for your home when possible. Wi-Fi based switches and other accessories from companies like TP-Link, WeMo, etc.might occasionally have a shiny feature that your really like or attract you with their “hub-less” advertisements but they will always be dependent on the whims of network quality, unstable services, unsupported device handlers, etc. Nothing beats local execution when it comes to creating a fast and reliable smart home.

  9. David W

    I had iris by Lowe’s.. So they did my home security and my home automation. When they stopped their services I got Simpli Safe for my home security. I was going to get Wink for my home automation. Wink has not had hardware in months. I think they are about to go out of business. I got tired of waiting and decided to get Smarthings. I am not too fond of Samsung so I was leery. It was a good choice. I have a big house and none of my devices go off line. With iris it was a constant battle to keep all my devices online even with several extender. Smartthings reaches to my detachable garage with ease and I don’t have any extenders.The app is great and you can set up custom routines. Download the app that looks like a snow flake. If you download the classic app it does not have all of the cool features. The integration with Alexa is very smooth also. I just wish the device was black to match my other equipment. It is so small the whit is not that noticeable.I was not quite familiar with how to navigate the custom routines. I called Smarthings customer service and the lady was great. She was American and did not have an accent. I could understand her perfectly. If you had iris this is the next best thing. Even iris customer service suggest their customers switch to smart things.

  10. SixtyFour

    I’ve been keeping tabs on home automation since dabbling in X10 many years ago and its seems that both my interest in having some of this functionality and my belief that the market has matured enough have suddenly crossed paths and reached critical mass! I started with just the hub, one switch and an Echo from Prime Day. It all went in easy and worked as expected. One month later I now have about 6 switches including one 3-way switch and all are working fine with or without Alexa. A water sensor, a deadbolt and more lighting are next along with more rules/scenes/smart apps. I believe the reason some people are having issues is because their mesh network device distances are too far.apart so I’ve been growing my network out from where the hub is located and am adding simple plug in outlets as a ‘booster’ to ensure full and consistent coverage to the actual device I want to use. We’ll see if this holds true as my network grows and becomes more complicated. btw: my devices so far are all Linear/GoControl except for the water sensor (not yet added) which is labeled for Iris zwave system from big blue box store. That device is apparently identical to one or two others available here on Amazon under other names but which cost 20% more. I’ll certainly update this review if SmartThings is anything less than stellar but for now… I’m loving it!

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