Review : Samsung Connect Home (and compatible Z-Wave devices in Singapore)
We have been waiting for Samsung to launch its Connect Home and Connect Home Pro in Singapore. In fact we already had one of the first sets of Samsung Connect Home several months ago for testing in our office, courtesy of Samsung.
The Samsung Connect Home uses mesh Wi-Fi technology to eliminating blind spots and to improve wireless coverage. But being a smart home solution company that prides ourselves in our knowledge of Z-Wave, we are more interested in it’s smart home capabilities.
The Samsung Home Connect supports popular smart home standards like Zigbee, Z-Wave and Bluetooth. In the Works with SmartThings section, we noticed the usual brands that works with the Home Connect, mainly Aeotec, Philips Hue, some models of Yale and Samsung digital locks.
What about those Z-Wave devices that do not work with SmartThings? We always knew that SmartThings does exceptionally well for small installation with sensors and single switches (i.e switches or relays that control 1 set of lights). It gets more complicated for end users who want to use it with devices such as MCO 2 or 4 Gang switches or even FIBARO Double Switch as they have to upload custom device handlers to make these devices work.
Since we received the Samsung Connect Home, we have been working with Samsung on supporting some of the commonly used Z-Wave brands in Singapore such as MCO Home and Aeotec Nano range. Here’s a sneak preview of the Samsung Connect Home setup with MCO Home switches.
If you noticed, the Samsung Connect Home works with both original SmartThings app as well. In our opinion, we prefer the original SmartThings app for the setup as it is more intuitive and responsive than the Connect Home app.
In conjunction with SITEX 2017, the Samsung Connect Home is going on sale on Nov 23 at a retail price of $198, while the Connect Home Pro at $298. Other than Singtel that bundles it with their fibre broadband, Automate Asia is also an authorised reseller for the Connect Home. Check out our SITEX promotion now!
Now before you speed off to get some Z-Wave devices and expect it to work with Samsung Connect Home, we’ve got a bad news and good news for you. The Samsung Connect Home in Singapore comes in Z-Wave Korean frequency. Why? Isn’t Singapore using Z-Wave Euro frequency? The reason is IMDA has recently announced that it will take 3-5 years to slowly farm back older 868.42Mhz to use it for longer range IoT protocols and they will only certify Z-Wave gateway that is in Korean frequency. While it is not illegal use Euro 868.42Mhz for short range devices during transition, they would recommend using the new Korean frequency moving forward. Refer to the Z-Wave coverage table for more details.
Here comes the good news. We have already prepared Z-Wave Korean frequency devices, such as MCO Home and Aeotec in stock with several other brands in the pipeline. With our software development background, we also got some of brands/models that are not known to be compatible working and are working with Samsung to get these brands/models certified. So, if you are considering Samsung Connect Home to be your next smart home hub, please contact us to guide you on your Samsung smart home journey!