Hi there - newbie to SmartThings in Australia and have read a few threads on zigbee repeating and infrastructure including the very good ones attached to this thread.
I made the mistake of buying and installing >40 Sengled lights (they were half price on sale) before realising they don’t repeat and hub has limited capacity for them - now having dropout issues.
In Australia, repeater options are limited - Samsung SmartThings plugs are best available option it seems, but for the price of two of these, at the moment I can buy a second SmartThings hub.
So my question : is the investment in multiple plugs better for creating a mesh zigbee network or a second router ?? Obviously you get the additional smart device for the plug but if they can only parent a limited number of non repeater devices, a second hub maybe a better option ? I have a two story house so finding a central location with power and Ethernet is also a challenge.
Aside from the lights I’m looking to add multiple door and movement sensors (battery for now) keeping with SmartThings devices for security etc
Thanks for your help.