I’ve recently invested in a SmartThings Hub for my home to use for security and safety as well as for general smart home functions. Over the coming months I will be writing a series of articles with some of the technical hurdles I cross along the way.
The SmartThings hub includes support for Zigbee, Z‑Wave, and WiFi products, with Bluetooth support rumoured for the near future. There are lists of compatible products on the SmartThings website, but be warned — the licensed Z‑Wave frequencies are different around the world so versions of the hub are localised, and hence the compatible products vary by region. As I live in the UK I have purchased a UK version of the SmartThings hub which operates on 868.42MHz — the licensed frequency in the UK and Europe.
Sadly the SmartThings hub is currently NOT compatible with “Lightwave RF” products — which is a pity as these are widely available in the UK and are typically lower priced than Zigbee or Z‑Wave alternatives (which are also far more limited in number)
I am currently using the SmartThings hub with a Fibaro motion sensor (EU version 3.2), a FortrezZ “siren strobe alarm” (UK version) and a Belkin WeMo Switch (UK version). I have also experimented with hooking up an old Foscam Fi8918W wireless camera and a Duwi Z‑Wave switch both of which are still a work in progress
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