If you have any interest in a hub to control your smart home you have probably already checked out one of the most popular options available today: the Samsung SmartThings hub. We think that Samsung makes a great hub and it is our Stuff We Love pick for a home automation hub.
The new Samsung Connect Home hub has the same features as the SmartThings hub, will control Bluetooth 4.1, ZigBee and Z-Wave devices, and adds the functionality of a router. The new hub comes in two versions: Samsung Connect Home (AC1300) and Samsung Connect Home Pro (AC2600). The Pro version includes a faster processor to handle the enhanced Wi-Fi that boosts the performance from 866 Mbps on 5GHz and 400 Mbps on 2.4GHz to 1,733 Mbps on 5GHz and 800 Mbps on 2.4 GHz radios. The non-Pro version comes individually or packaged in a set of three while the Pro only ships individually. Both hubs will cover up to 1,500 square feet from a single device. By combining the devices into a mesh (easily done within the app), the pack of three hubs can cover up to 4,500 square feet. The system can be expanded even further adding up to five Samsung Connect Home devices for mesh network coverage of 7,500 square feet.
The Samsung Connect Home will work with a broad and ever increasing range of devices. However, it is designed to work with Samsung smart phones and devices and some functionality may not be available outside of the Samsung ecosystem or even with older Samsung devices and phones. The Samsung Connect app that is used to configure both the Wi-Fi and the SmartThings hub was originally announced for the Galaxy S8 only and still may not run on all systems – make sure to verify before you buy.
If you are looking for a new router AND a new smart home hub, this is a great way to combine multiple services into one solution that includes some of the best home automation control available with cutting edge home wireless technology. If you already have a router and just need a hub, the SmartThings hub will meet your needs.