A smart connected home can be comprised of many different products, such as lights, thermostats, speakers, and more, but to make them all work flawlessly and seamlessly together you will generally need a hub to bridge them all. Samsung's answer to this is the SmarThings Hub which does just that, bridges the gap between different IoT products so you can control everything from one centralized location, that location being the SmartThings companion app. While the SmartThings Hub will work with other SmartThings products, it will also work with a wide range of other IoT products from different brands, too. Normally the SmarThings Hub costs $99.99, but right now you can actually pick it up for about half that price at just $49.99.
The Samsung SmartThings Hub comes in a white, unassuming design, resembling a square shaped router with rounded corners that can easily fit into any home decor. It's powered by an AC adapter that you plug into the wall, but it can also take 4 AA batteries for backup power, with a total of 10 hours of battery life when using the backup power method. You'll also need to plug the Hub into your router via an ethernet cable. In the box you'll get the Hub itself, the AD adapter, 4 AA batteries, a quick start guide, and the ethernet cable, so you'll have everything you need to set it up.