The Internet of Things is still a growing industry but there are already a decent number of products that fit into this particular category, and if you're someone who is looking to get started with making their home smarter, one of the products you'll want to look into is a device that can manage all of the other smart home products that you plan to buy and connect. Right now, you can pick up the Samsung SmartThings Hub for just $79 which is a savings of $20 off of the original cost. With the SmartThings Hub you'll be able to monitor all of your smart home products a lot more easily.
The SmartThings Hub connects to the wall for power, and then wirelessly connects to the smartphone companion app for management as it uses your local home network for an internet connection. While the device is designed to stay plugged in with use of the adapter, it also takes four AA batteries to allow for up to 10 hours of backup power in the event that the adapter stops working. The SmartThings Hub is compatible with a range of other SmartThings products, but it's also compatible with devices from Z-Wave, ZigBee, Honeywell and more. Utilizing the app, you can manage things like smart lights, smart switches and outlets, smart thermostats and other smart home connected products to have nearly full control of any of them from the screen of your smartphone as long as it has an internet connection.