Help me choose which SmartThings hub to get (Denmark)

Hey I am new here and need your guys and girls help.

The question is most likely asked before and sry for that, unfortunately I have not been able to find the answer I have been looking for and it’s starting to get harder to see difference between hub V3, v3 wifi and WiFi Mesh or what the name is and also confused about what is new and what are old

I need is for
Different smart devices protocol zigbee z-wave and so on to work better together and better WiFi connection for the devices that is using it

So my question is what will you guys recommend?

Which country are you in? The models vary somewhat by region.

If you are in the US, the newest models are the

V3 2018 hub, model IM6001-V3

And the SmartThings WiFi with Plume WiFi Mesh Router, model ET-WV525 (This replaced the “Samsung Connect Home” model in the US. You can tell the difference because the new model has two logos on top, Samsung and SmartThings. The discontinued model just said Samsung.)

They are equal as far as zigbee/zwave but the IM6001-V3 gets more frequent updates because the ET-WV525 has to coordinate its updates with the Plume team, who are a different company.

(There is also an ADT model, but it’s been unofficially discontinued. Very difficult to get devices or support for it.)

My personal recommendation for the US is just to get the IM6001-V3 and get a different brand of WiFi mesh router if you want one. The Samsung model lacks a lot of admin tools and doesn’t have any particular advantages other than one less physical box. It’s not a bad WiFi mesh router, just not quite as good as some of the competition. JMO, obviously. :sunglasses:

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The hub is just the hub. It is used to control your smart home devices.

The Wifi hub is a network router with hub capabilities built in. So it can cool your smart home devices AND network connection.

The wifi mesh is the same as the wifi hub except it comes with additional devices that slow you to build a mesh network. Mesh networks are used to fix issues with wireless not covering your whole house. In the most basic terms they act as repeaters for your wifi.

I am in Europe Denmark and the models I have been looking at are

Samsung SmartThings WiFi ET-WV525BWEGPH
Samsung SmartThings Hub V3 GP-U999SJVLGGA

I forgot to ask If i am losing internet connection will i still be able to turn on and off the light and power running on WiFi signal, like light from lifx?

We would have to go into a lot of details, but the short answer is that it probably does not work the way you want it to. For one thing, you cannot use the phone app at all to control devices if your hub does not have access to the Internet even if the phone is on the same local Wi-Fi. All communications from the app go to the smart things cloud which then uses the Internet to communicate with the smartthings hub. They didn’t have to design it that way, but they did.

Manual, on-demand control of a device or SmartApp through the SmartThings mobile app always requires an internet connection to the cloud and cannot be performed locally.

If you frequently are without Internet, you should look at something which primarily runs locally. Apple’s HomeKit does except for voice control. Insteon, Vera, Homeseer, and Hubitat all run locally after initial set up, again except for third-party cloud cloud integrations. But smartthings is mostly a cloud-based system.

Again, my personal recommendation would be GP-U999SJVLGGA for the home automation hub and choose a different brand if you want a Wi-Fi mesh router.

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Thanks for the recommendation I definitely look at it and probably buy it.

But i have one more question for your recommendation on v3.
My modem’s WiFi is not the best and would just hear if I should buy Wifi mesh now or I can wait, that is why I have looked at the WiFi version.

My Question.
Will Lifx or any smart devices connect to my modem’s WiFi or can i connect it to the Smartthings Hub v3’s WiFi?

The WIFi in the V3 hub is used for connecting the hub to your existing Wi-Fi network. You do not connect it to other Wi-Fi devices directly.

There are a few WiFi devices, like a Phillips hue bridge, which can make a “local“ connection with the hub because they are both on the same Wi-Fi network. But most Wi-Fi devices connect cloud to cloud. I don’t know if LIFX has a local option or not.

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