So after a few weeks of having the Samsung SmartThings and trying to work out what to do with them, I eventually braved opening the parcel to see what The Insiders had sent me.
Inside the Samsung SmartThings Starter Kit
- SmartThings Hub
- SmartThings Multi-Sensor
- SmartThings Motion Sensor
- SmartThings Presence Sensor
- Smarthings Power Outlet
The Hub itself is a simple design. It connects to your router enabling all your Things to wirelessly connect allowing you to control them via the SmartThings app.
It is easy enough to set up the hub and connecting the SmartThings app to it is done by entering a short code that is supplied in the box.
Once you have connected the hub and set up the SmartThings app
SmartThings Power Outlet
The first thing I tried was the SmartThings Power Outlet to control our table lamp in the living room. To do this I plugged the lamp into the Power outlet which goes into your usual Plug socket.
I then went into the SmartThings app and Added ‘Living Room’ as a room. Then I had the option to turn the outlet on and off.
I was instantly impressed I could just simply use my Smart phone to turn the outlet on or off, set a timer or set it to interact with another product such as the Presence sensor or Motion detector. This means the possibilities are almost endless allowing you to use your imagination to come up with all sorts of useful ideas. After playing around with the app I also discovered you can see what the power usage is of the Power outlet.
I considered testing out all the Things and sharing the results all in one blog post. Instead I thought perhaps I could make this even more fun. Since I will be testing this for a few weeks I’llask my readers for some suggestions! So, What would you do with the Samsung SmartThings? What Should I test next and what should I try to do with them? Leave a comment with your suggestions and ill try them out!