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Amazon.com has Samsung SmartThings F-MN US-2 Home Monitoring Kit (White) on sale for $79.99. Shipping is free. Thanks kjg291

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  • 1x SmartThings Hub
  • 2x SmartThings Multipurpose Sensors
  • 1x SmartThings Motion Sensor
  • 1x SmartThings Outlet
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It really depends on what is important to you. Samsung is certainly a bigger presence in the market than Hubitat, but I'm not sure that means SmartThings is high on their priority or futures lists. I made the switch to Hubitat primarily to get local execution, but I also was very impressed with the vitality of the Hubitat Community (https://community.hubitat.com/) and that developers participate daily in the discussions there. See also the Hubitat Live series on YouTube. I wasn't seeing that kind of life in SmartThings.

Another thing that I like about Hubitat is that it appeals to the part of me that wants to know what's going on. Every event can be logged so you can troubleshoot. If a light comes on, you can dig into why. And although SmartThings will tell you that a device is in use somewhere, Hubitat back links to where. Much easier to keep up with what's going on.

SmartThings with ActionTiles is superior to Dashboards in Hubitat. But dashboards are getting better, and third party alternatives are available. SmartThings excels in the remote app if the ability to modify your home automation remotely is important to you. Hubitat has a mobile app that serves for presence and notifications, and also has ability to surface your Dashboards there - so you can control stuff. You cannot, however, add/remove devices, change rules, etc. with the mobile app (if you want to, though, you can use VPN to get to your home LAN).

I don't mean to bash SmartThings. I used it for two years. And it may be the best answer for someone who prioritizes simple, clean, and a big corporation behind the solution. If you tend to want to get your hands into the heart of things just a bit more, Hubitat may be for you. This does not imply that you need to be a programmer/hacker to use Hubitat .. that is far from true.

Take a look at the Hubitat community (link above), and also the device compatibility list (https://docs.hubitat.com/index.ph...le_Devices and see how that compares to SmartThings. Also, worth watching https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44olrmMPxw4
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Incorrect. The v3 adds wi-fi adds an option, but wired Ethernet is still there and is the preferred way to connect.
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Should I bite?
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Keep in mind this is the older (2016?) bundle, I think a new one came out in 2018. Check on the hubs too....
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Will buy it just for the V2 hub..Hub is like 90 - 150 everywhere.
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Is this Smartthings?
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Yes, it is.
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Will buy it just for the V2 hub..Hub is like 90 - 150 everywhere.
Is there anything I'm missing? The V3 retails for $69.99, why is V2 so expensive? Also eBay has tons of them like new/open box in the $40 range.
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Is there anything I'm missing? The V3 retails for $69.99, why is V2 so expensive? Also eBay has tons of them like new/open box in the $40 range.
Technically V2 is better than the V3.

V2 - Battery backup.
V3 - No battery backup. Has wi-fi.

https://www.reddit.com/r/SmartThi..._v2_vs_v3/
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The v2 has Ethernet which the v3 doesn't.
Incorrect. The v3 adds wi-fi adds an option, but wired Ethernet is still there and is the preferred way to connect.
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Incorrect. The v3 adds wi-fi adds an option, but wired Ethernet is still there and is the preferred way to connect.
You're correct. My bad
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I've really been considering switching from Wink to Smartthings...

Anyone think this is worth the switch? Considering the hub is all i really need, i have plenty of zwave devices already.
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The biggest difference is runnig events local vs always through cloud in V3
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I have had this kid since we bought our condo two years ago and has been totally trouble free $80 is a steal! Might buy just for more sensors and get rid of the hub
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