Apartment with SmartThings devices.

Samsung devices get hub function and Matter

At the CES in Las Vegas, Samsung specified its Matter plans from last year. As the manufacturer announced at the Consumer Electronics Show, selected Samsung products are to be equipped with SmartThings Hub functions during 2022. The hub of the in-house smart home system has so far been available as a separate product. It organizes control and establishes contact with devices that do not use a LAN cable or Wi-Fi for connection. Z-Wave and Zigbee radio protocols are used for this purpose, and Thread is also planned for the future.

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The SmartThings hub is the control center of Samsung’s smart home system. Image: matter-smarthome.de

In the future, the hub functionality is to find its way into other devices. Specifically, we are talking about smart TVs, smart monitors and refrigerators. Samsung does not specify which models are involved – and whether only new releases from 2022 will benefit from the smart home functions. However, it is certain that suitably equipped devices will support the Matter standard. This means that they can be used as controls for the smart home of the future.

They will probably not fully replace a standalone SmartThings hub – unless Samsung integrates alternative wireless standards like Thread, Z-Wave and Zigbee into its home appliances. At least, a USB stick is planned for smart TVs, which will retrofit Zigbee 3.0 to the devices.

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