Samsung is back with a new smart home hub almost three years after getting out of the smart home hardware game. Samsung has figured out a way to make you actually want a device hub in your home, by building it into a wireless charging pad. A smart home hub that is easy to use and affordable was released on January 5th by Samsung Electronics. It has also launched its new lineup of smartphones, including the Galaxy S23 Ultra and the Windows-based Galaxy Book 3 Pro, which will integrate seamlessly with the Galaxy S23 Ultra smartphones. With the new, easy-to-use smart home hub, many connected devices can be easily controlled and interoperable. Samsung's SmartThings has a wireless charging feature that can charge your smartphone wirelessly and has a programmable button. Additionally, its iPhone app has been updated to be compatible with iOS 16.
With the growing number of smart home devices, it is imperative that means of connectivity be simple, interoperable, and reliable. It features Samsung's simplest setup and compatibility with a range of smart home products, including Matter devices, making SmartThings Station an ideal device for any smart home. SmartThings Station can be easily configured and used with a range of smart home products, including Matter devices. SmartThing Station provides users with the ability to automate different elements of their home environment, enabling them to set routines that will add convenience to their day and reduce energy waste, such as switching off lights and appliances with the touch of a button.
Samsung's SmartThings Station is easy to set up and is ready to use right out of the box. Despite the fact that the SmartThings Station looks like any other charging pad, it comes with a couple of status lights on the side: one for the hub itself and another for wireless charging. A number of technologies are supported by the Station, including Matter, Thread, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. With this device, you can connect any smart device you choose to connect to it, including bulbs, plugs, thermostats, and TVs. The device also functions as a Zigbee controller in addition to its other functions. Similarly, if you wish to be able to connect to additional Z-Wave devices, you will still have to purchase a separate SmartThings Hub made by Aeotec in order to do so. However, the majority of popular connected gadgets, such as Philips Hue smart bulbs, use Zigbee as their communication protocol, so it is a good idea to have this protocol in your arsenal.
Despite its name, SmartThings Station isn't just a hub for smart home automation. It also works with SmartThings Find to assist in locating any registered Samsung device, including Galaxy Buds and the Galaxy Watch, as well as anything marked with the Samsung SmartTag Bluetooth tracker. There is a maximum power of 15W that can be used for wireless charging. It is important to note that it will only charge properly if you have an adapter with an appropriate wattage attached to it. There will be a yellow blinking light on the charging indicator if the power is below 15W. Samsung has built the SmartThings Station as something you would like to keep within reach of your hands, so there is a button on the device. There are three mapped button actions: pressed, held, and double-pressed. Each can trigger a specific action. You can have it programmed to turn the lights on and off in the office with each press, or you can use it as an alternative to talking to Google.
A There was little over a year ago when Samsung announced that it would release the Home Hub, a tablet-like device that would enable SmartThings to be controlled. There was a year that went by and it never came. This is most likely the alternative solution, and it is more affordable compared to an 8-inch tablet since it doesn't cost as much to produce and maintain as an 8-inch tablet. There has been a lot of speculation about whether Samsung will follow in the footsteps of Google and introduce a Pixel Tablet as part of its ecosystem sometime this year. Jaeyeon Jung, head of Samsung's smart home division SmartThings, stated that the company will keep smart homes simple an interview: Our company has stopped producing SmartThings branded hardware in favor of embedding smart home functionality directly into our products, instead of people having to buy separate devices as part of their smart home setup.
Among the few Matter-compatible devices that sync up with the iPhone, it should be noted that the SmartThings Station is one of those few devices that are compatible with Matter. The Samsung SmartThings app on iOS now supports the protocol, which means your iPhone-using housemates can set up SmartThings routines (but not find their iPhones). The SmartThings experience is different from Apple Home's native integration, but iPhone users will still find it useful. iPhone users do not currently have access to Matter support in the Google Home app on iOS. As long as the device is running Android 8 or higher, the SmartThings Station will work with all Samsung and Android devices. This device is compatible with any Matter, ZigBee, BLE, and iOS device running iOS 14 or higher. There is also the option to connect to both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi networks with it. In both white and black colors, it is available for a price of $80.
By Rashmi Goel