An in Depth Look at The Samsung SmartThings Hub and Associated Products

The Samsung SmartThings Hub (3rd generation) is one of the Top Smart Hubs available.  It Connects to a wide range of products including other brands of smart devices (like Amazon) and makes them work together.

Owners are able to control their connected devices using a smart app on either IOS (Apple Products like iPhones) or Andriod devices.  If you’re away from home, you’re able to receive alerts if there is some type of disturbance at the house.  The feature I like the most is it’s versatility to work with other devices like the “Amazon Alexa” or the “Google Assistant”.  In other words, if you already own one of these devices, you can simply purchase the Samsung SmartThings Hub and components that you need to control whatever devices you want to control, and you’re good to go.

Watch this short SmartThings Arival Video  and this short SmartThings Video 2  to learn more about what things a Samsung SmartThings can do:

Just so you know, here are some of the devices that you can control with your Samsung SmartThings:  Voice Assistants, Lights & Switches, Speakers, Cameras & Door Bells, Door Locks, and Thermostats. You can explore these items here:

One Last thing.  If you want to control all of your devices with your voice, (like lights, locks, your tv, music devices, etc) you’re going to need some type of voice assistant like Amazon Echo  or the New Amazon Echo Dot or even the All new Echo Show.  Here are some of the products that you can use to control your devices with your voice.


Home Automation Hubs – Find The Best Hub for You!

My Top 5 Home Automation Hubs

In this article, we are going to take a look at my top 5 most popular home automation hubs and accessories.  The goal of this article is to make it easier for any novice that wants to automate their home to be at ease with selecting the best hub for them  (based on budget and/or capabilities) and knowing that he/she will be able to purchase the hub (and associated components), install it themselves and know, after installation, the Automation Hub will work as advertised.  For this article, we’re just looking at “Do It Yourself” (DIY) HUBs.  For all pratical purposes, you should be able to install and activate these HUBs on your own.  Not only will you be able to install and activate them on your own, they will work as advertised!

Here is the list of hubs we’ll discuss in this article (and not in any specific order):

1.  Habitat Elevation Home Automation Hub

2.  All-New Echo Plus (2nd Generation) with built in Smart Hub

3.  Samsung SmartThings Smart Hub

4.  Google Home Hub

5.  Wink WNKHUB-2US 2 Smart home hub 

Generally speaking, these hubs are designed to assist you with automating your home such that you can speak to your hub and command certain activities to occur.  As an example, you may want to turn a certain light on or off, tune your TV to a certain channel, turn your TV on or off, set a timer, lock the doors, or have certain lights to come on or off at certain times.  These are just a few of the capabilities that are available on these devices.

Habitat Elevation Home Automation Hub

The Habitat Elevation is a robust platform that automates your smart devices and elevates your home. Edge computing for home automation provides reliability, quick responses and data privacy. All automation processing is done in your Habitat Elevation hub, so your personal device data is stored locally (LAN) – not in the cloud. 
You’re able to choose from a wide range of compatible devices, including lights, speakers smoke/water detectors, locks, thermostats, sensors, and more.
Some of the features include:

  • -Compatible with other brands like Samsung SmartThings
  • Supports numerous popular platform integrations Amazon Echo
  • Comes with more than a dozen built-in applications to create and manage automation
  • Hub connects to local area network via the included Ethernet cable
  • The product is for US only.  

All-new Echo Plus (2nd Gen)

Here are some of the features of the All-new Echo Plus (2nd Gen)

  • Echo Plus has a built-in Zigbee hub
  • New premium speakers powered by Dolby play 360° audio
  • Ask Alexa to play music, answer questions, and other features
  • Ask Alexa for a song with a particular title or from a particular Artist
  • Call or message almost anyone hands-free

Samsung SmartThings Smart Home Hub

The Samsung SmartThings connects wirelessly with a wide range of smart devices and makes them work together.  This product gives you quite a bit of versability.  See list of some of the features below:

  • Use the SmartThings app or Amazon Alexa to control your smart home. Teach your house new tricks by telling it what to do when you’re asleep, awake, away, and back home
  • Add smart devices and put your home to work. Choose from a wide range of compatible devices, including lights, speakers, locks, thermostats, sensors, and more
  • Use the SmartThings app or Amazon Alexa to control your smart home
  • Requires an internet-connected Wi-Fi router with an available ethernet port, plus the free SmartThings app for Android (4.1 or later) or iPhone (iOS 9.0 or later)

Google Home Hub 

The Google Home Hub is an awesome Home Hub device.  It seems to have a lot of features and works with other brands as well.  According to what I have read, it appears to be compatible with other brands of smart hubs as well.  Here are some of the features.

  • Gogle Assistant built in
  • Chrome Cast built in
  • Multi-room audio
  • Blue tooth 5
  • Works with Android, iOS, Mac, Windows and Chromebook*

Wink WNKHUB-2US 2 Smart Home Hub

Use the Wink Smart Hub to easily connect and manage your smart home ecosystem.  This device is capable of controlling all major smart home categories, including cameras & doorbells, lighting & locks, thermostats, sensors & alarms, appliances, speakers and more.  You’re able to control all of your home’s smart devices no matter where you might be.  You’re able to control up to 400 devices with one single app!  I haven’t tried it but based on the comments from other users, this product sounds pretty amazing!  The Wink Hub supports Bluetooth LE, ZigBee, Z-Wave, Kidde, and Lutron Clear Connect. Works with more smart home protocols than any other platform.  Again, I haven’t tested this device but it certainly sounds like you will be able use this device for all of your home automation needs.

Anciliary Components

For most of the HUBs mentioned earlier, you will need smart plugs to control the devices that you want to have the Smart Hub control.  Most of the Hubs do come with a few smart plugs.  You can also purchase additional smart plugs on Amazon or your favorite hardware store.

What does these Hubs Cost

The initial cost for the various Hubs range from $69.99 up to $169.99 depending on the brand.  Most of these come with a few Smart Plugs as well.  If you need more Smart Plugs, you can purchase these at various websites (like or sometimes at your hardware store.  Here are the estimated costs for each product on Amazon:

Habitat Elevation – $109.95 (at the time of this blog)

All New Echo Plus – $149.99 (at the time of this blog)

Samsung SmartThings SmartHub – From $64.84 – $79.99

Google Home Hub – From $99 (with discount)

Wink Hub-2US SmartHome- From $109.00


There are a lot of “Automation” devices available for Home Automation.  These are just a few.  You should also be aware that there are Home automation devices to assist you with providing home security as well.  Maybe in another blog, we’ll review some of these products as well.  


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Welcome! Here you can Explore Home Automation Hubs & Devices


I’ve spent most of my life working with computers and automation. As an engineer, I assisted with developing a number of systems and devices that automated a variety of processes to make your life easier.

I am attracted to automation because it is the wave of the future. Automation will allow you to accomplish more of what you want to do and manage your daily home activities more efficiently!


I want to help you make the best decision possible regarding Home Automation Hubs & associated devices. There are a lot of them available so we’ll compare features and prices of most! Also, most of the Home Automation Hubs have accessories so we’ll Identify those as well.

Of course, you will also be able to identify which Home Automation Hub fits within your budget and have the highest ratings.


The goal of this site is to make it easier for you to compare Home Automation Hubs and associated devices. On this site, you’ll be able to quickly compare Hub features, Hub prices, Hub accessories (like Smart Plugs, Smart Home Security Devices, and more).

If you ever need a hand or have a questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,