Original SmartThings Hub To Be Retired, No Longer Available After June 2021
Last year, Samsung-owned SmartThings had revealed that major changes were coming for its platform both on the hardware and software front. They have now officially announced that their original SmartThings Hub, first sold back in 2013, will stop working after 30 June 2021. Another hardware device facing the same fate would be the SmartThings Link for Nvidia Shield TV, which is a USB plugin that turns the Android TV box into a smart home hub. If you are using any smart home device using technologies besides Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, they are going to be impacted. You will need to upgrade to a new smart home hub that is compatible with all your existing devices.
Users are being offered an option to upgrade to latest SmartThings Hub (v3) or move to another brand’s smart home hub at a 65% discount. In case your original Hub or Link is still under warranty, you might be eligible for a partial or full refund on the return of the product. The refund amounts will vary based on the age of your device.
Platform and hardware updates are inevitable, and it makes sense that SmartThings wants to run as smooth and efficient platform as it can.
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