Get alerts if you fail to shut your garage, front door or freezer
We all do it – we're busy and dashing about our day and forget to close the back gate before heading out the front; or we misjudge our swing and the freezer door doesn't close completely. Little failures of attention can end up having unfortunate consequences as the dog gets out of the garden or the freezer works overtime, blows a fuse and defrosts all over the kitchen. But, thanks to Samsung SmartThings Hub, the smart home can alert you to these moments quickly, increasing your peace of mind just like that.
We all do it – we're busy and dashing about our day andforget to close the back gate before heading out the front; or we misjudge our swing and the freezer door doesn't close completely. Little failures of attention that can end up having unfortunate consequences as the dog gets out of the garden or the freezer works overtime, blows a fuse and defrosts all over the kitchen. But, thanks to Samsung SmartThings Hub, the smart home can alert you to these moments quickly, increasing your peace of mind just like that.
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The beauty of SmartThings sensors and devices is thatthey're small, wireless and run for ages on just a watch battery. This means they can be placed unobtrusively wherever you need them – a freezer door, or on a window latch, for example – and act as mini guardians around your home (among other more entertaining roles) with only very occasional upkeep.
So what about this particular problem of doors, gates andwindows that need to be closed? This is a perfect job for the SmartThings Multi Sensor. It's small but talented and can monitor vibration and movement, as well as changes in orientation and temperature.
For this set up you'll need the SmartThings essentials – aSmartThings Hub plugged into your broadband router and the free SmartThings app downloaded to your iPhone or Android smartphone. To this you can then add a growing range of SmartThings devices and SmartThings-compatible products, such as Philips Hue lightbulbs.
For now though, you'll need one or more SmartThings MultiSensors. How many will depend on how many doors, gates, windows, jewellery boxes, garage doors etc. that you want to monitor. Don't worry, the SmartThings Hub can connect to hundreds at once.
Set up is almost ridiculously simple. Place your MultiSensors wherever they're needed and then open up the SmartThings app on your phone. The app will recognise the sensors and lead you through the process of adding them to your network in just a few minutes.
Do you want different sensors to respond in different waysand at different times? Or maybe you want them all to act in the same way. The app makes it very simple to group SmartThings by room or sensor type, or just as standalone units in your home security army, each with their own orders.
So if you want the Multi Sensor on your freezer to sendyou a push notification or text if the door is left open for more than, say, a minute, whenever it happens, you can do that simply and quickly from the sensor's settings in the SmartThings app.
But with the Multi Sensor on your back gate, for example,you may want to set it so that it only alerts you if your smartphone (and therefore you) leaves the range covered by the SmartThings Hub – that's around 30-50ft, depending on the build of your home. That way you won't constantly get alerts if you're gardening at the weekend or holding a bonfire night garden party.
That's just one of the beauties of SmartThings: you cantailor your devices' behaviour to suit your smart home and your way of living, giving you control over your space like never before.
What you need
- A good starting point is the Samsung SmartThings Starter Kit which contains the Hub and three sensors to begin your Smart Home transformation.