In our roundup of the upcoming IFA 2017 event, we said that we expected to see a range of announcements from Samsung, including some new stuff for their Samsung SmartThings smart home platform.
Before then, we figured that we would round up what we consider to be the best accessories that are compatible with Samsung’s SmartThings platforms.
Here they are:
SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit
Another way to start with SmartThings is by picking up the Home Monitoring Kit, which includes the SmartThings hub, two multipurpose sensors that detect movement, temperature, and vibration, a smart power outlet, and a motion sensor.
Of course, if you already have a hub then you can purchase each of these sensors individually.
Samsung SmartThings Hub
Samsung SmartThings platform is a pretty easy way to get started with setting up a smart home. That’s thanks to Samsung’s integrations and design for the platform which is to launch a number of smart home products that just work.
With the SmartThings hub you can control all of these devices with light, speaker, lock, thermostat, sensor and other integrations.
And it allows you to control all of those over the SmartThings app or via other smart home devices like Amazon Alexa.
Netatmo Weather Station
If you like to check the weather a lot then you might be interested in the Natatmo weather station as it allows you to measure the Temperature, Humidity, Barometric Pressure, indoor CO2 concentration and Sound of your environment with real time notifications and graphs that can be accessed via your smartphone.
It also works with Amazon Alexa and other devices like SmartThings and other smart home hubs.
Ring Video Doorbell Pro
The Ring Video Doorbell Pro is one of the best smart home devices but also one of the best ways to integrate a doorbell in your home.
It allows you to make your doorbell smart and you can even use it to greet visitors even while you are away from home, the Ring Video Doorbell Pro does all of this with interchange face plates, however, it does only work with a hardwired connection.
Honeywell Lyric T6R Smart Thermostat
The Honeywell Lyric T6R is a pretty awesome smart thermostat that looks fantastic and is pretty small, making it great to be placed on a way or sat on a side table.
With support for SmartThings, Amazon Alexa and HomeKit, you can set the temperature from your iPhone or Amazon Echo, get alerts and set up geofencing, allowing you to set up the heating in a smart manner.
It also has scheduling features and it can be used alongside other smart home products for further features.
Ecobee3 lite Smart Thermostat
If you want to make your thermostat smart than the ecobee3 lite smart thermostat is definitely one of the best ways to do that.
As you can see in the image above, it looks really nice with a sleek and modern touchscreen interface that uses a simple and easy to user interface, with local weather integration, and schedules.
It has also been designed to be easy to install, which is pretty awesome.
Philips Hue Starter Kit
Lighting is an obvious thing to make smart, turning lights on/off is annoying and if you make them smart then you can also get extra capabilities like automation, colour changing, and dimming controls.
One of the best ways to do this is with Philips Hue.
You can get a range of starter kits that will allow you to get started with Philips Hue, there are a range of options available for this depending on what you need, including the White Personal kit, and the White and Ambience Kits.
Netgear Arlo Pro HD Home Security Camera System
The Netgear Arlo Pro was one of the first wire free camera systems but it is still one of the best available and for good reason.
Netgear has made this system to be extremely easy to use and install, it is a wire free system that uses a rechargeable battery that can be charged up quickly and allow you to place the cameras pretty much anywhere. They are also completely waterproof and include magnetic mounts that make it easy to place anywhere.
They also feature two-way audio and can be connected to a base station that makes the cameras more secure with its own private network and it also includes an alarm that you can set off that is extremely loud, oh and you can save your recordings to the cloud for free with 7 day access and it the base station also has a couple of USB ports for saving footage to a USB device.
You can pick it up in a kit with 1, 2, 3 or 4 cameras included.
Yale Keyless Connected Smart Door Lock
The Yale Keyless Connected Smart Door Lock is a great way to secure your home and make it smarter with keyless entry.
With the lock, you can enter your home with the smartphone app, the keycard, keytag or a phone tag. It can be retrofitted to your current system and it is compatible with 60mm nightlatches making it easy to install.
To top that off, it is also battery operated with 4x AA batteries, so there’s no need to get electric to it and it is compatible with SmartThings and other devices.