I’ve got a SmartThings Station, which is supposed to do all the Matter and Threads network things.
My experience with it is quite underwhelming.
Let’s go back to the beginning…
I originally had some basic wi-fi connected smart bulbs called Lumiman. They kind of worked fine with the SmartThings Station. They were a bit slow to react some times and eventually the Station just decided to forget them completely.
So, I figured I had to splash out on some more expensive Matter compatible bulbs. I went for the Nanoleaf Essentials bulbs, as I found reviews saying they’re pretty good value, even though they’re double the price of the ones I had.
First time setup, I made sure to follow everything by the book(s). I factory reset the SmartThings Station and then connected the bulbs to the Nanoleaf app followed by the Station. It worked fine for a week or so. Bixby Routines were turning them on and off as intended. But all of the sudden the Station decided to first forget two of three bulbs and a day later it couldn’t connect to any. The Nanoleaf app kept showing them as working fine.
After a few days, I gave up on waiting for the Station to remember what it was there for, so I decided to factory reset all bulbs and the Station again, to start over. This does however not work any more. The Station, fails to connect the bulbs now. Every time I try, it searches for a Threads network and fails, even though it is supposed to be the one suppling that. Now, it only suggests a network called OpenThreads, which isn’t anything I’ve set up. I’ve even tried disconnecting my Amazon Echo Dot, to make sure it isn’t that one interfering. This doesn’t change a thing.
I am about to give up on this “smart” hub, as it is mostly a nuisance the way it is acting, unless anyone has any suggestions as to why it all of the sudden can’t remember or find its own created Threads network and connect to Matter devices?