I’ve been reading a lot into SmartThings and Connect Home as I find it all interesting.
I noticed in a post above it mentioned ZigBee to only get from US or UK (Depending on the Hub). Note that ZigBee is internationally on the same frequency so your ZigBee devices, that are SmartThings approved, will work on any hub.
The Z-Wave is the big issue. In Australia we use two Z-Wave frequencies. 921.4MHz and 919.8MHz. It is ILLEGAL to use any Z-Wave device that uses frequencies other than those in Australia.
Take the American and UK frequencies as an example. The UK (EU Countries) Use 868.4, 868.42 and 869.85. These are very close to the Telstra 3G frequency of 850MHz and as such could potentially interfere with Mobile Networks and as such are illegal to use in Australia.
The US use 908.4, 908.42 and 916MHz. The lower end of that is very close to the Optus Mobile frequency of 900MHz and as such could interfere with Mobile communications and are illegal to use in Australia.
That is aside to any other devices, such as RADAR, that may operate in the bands, which the devices would have no knowledge of.
This is why the Samsung Connect Home will not activate in Australia without pretending to be in the USA.
If you disable the Z-Wave, then you are legal again. There are a stack of Zigbee and WiFi devices that work with SmartThings and Connect.
It is a pity they do not release an Australian version as there is a very strong community of Home Automation enthusiasts here and the Hue lights have really taken off.
If anyone from SmartThings reads this, maybe they can give us an idea when an official Australian launch may take place.
Note: Australian Launch could also include New Zealand, Malaysia, Hong Kong and a few other places that use the same frequencies.