Samsung SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit review: A solid connected-home foundation

A second-generation hub is the key to this platform's appeal.

SmartThings kit
At a Glance
  • Samsung SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit

    TechHive Rating

    With Samsung’s backing, former startup SmartThings improves on its original connected-home offering, delivering increased power, polish, and reliability for those willing to master the system.

At a Glance
  • TechHive Rating

    With Samsung’s backing, former startup SmartThings improves on its original connected-home offering, delivering increased power, polish, and reliability for those willing to master the system.

    MSRP: $249 (Add $60 for Aeon Labs Siren, and add $40 for SmartThings Water Leak Sensor)

    Pros

    • Broadly extensible ecosystem, with support for Z-Wave, ZigBee, and Internet Protocol
    • Good support for third-party hardware
    • Devices can interact in complex and powerful ways

    Cons

    • Smartphone/tablet app hampered by an unwieldy user interface
    • Fault-tolerance features are not fully baked
    • Can't integrate Lutron Caseta lighting controls

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