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Topic # 204561 7-Oct-2016 00:33
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Anyone heard if the Smartthings products are coming to NZ anytime soon ? 


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  Reply # 1647079 7-Oct-2016 09:20
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Nope. Not that I know of. I asked about it on Twitter, I think, and got a non response which I took as a "nah, too hard". I believe the original Kickstarted product got support for an AU model (with the AU/NZ z-wave chip) but they never did another one.


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  Reply # 1647105 7-Oct-2016 10:16
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Not sure. My boss has set up a lot of this stuff with an amazon echo. He orders all his stuff online & gets it shipped. 






 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1647150 7-Oct-2016 11:20
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I asked them on facebook a few days ago and they came back saying no immediate plans :-(

 

Going to have to get a Vera Edge instead.


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  Reply # 1647158 7-Oct-2016 11:29
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People ordering stuff from overseas need to ensure they're using hardware that's legal in NZ frequency wise.

 

RSM do not handle ignorance of the law when it comes to radio devices as a defence.

 

 


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  Reply # 1647205 7-Oct-2016 11:57
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Mark: Anyone heard if the Smartthings products are coming to NZ anytime soon ? 

 

While the Samsung Smartthings product set seems to fast becoming the 'home automation' glue that sticks everything else together they don't seem to be any hurry in launching in Australia / New Zealand,  but you can order over the internet.

 

And while the american / european versions use a different power plug and the Z-Wave components aren't legitimate here, it should work just fine.

 

That's what I'm hoping as I've just placed an order that should arrive towards the end of next week.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1647246 7-Oct-2016 12:59
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@rogercruse, in light of the post above yours and fact you say the Z wave components are not legitimate in New Zealand why would you bother trying to import and have potential RF conflicts and risk the attention of the Radio Spectrum guys?




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  Reply # 1647270 7-Oct-2016 13:22
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Technofreak: @rogercruse, in light of the post above yours and fact you say the Z wave components are not legitimate in New Zealand why would you bother trying to import and have potential RF conflicts and risk the attention of the Radio Spectrum guys?
It'd be pretty tough luck to have RF spectrum gear within the radius around your home that the zwave frequency would interfere with. That being said, you'd be restricted to having to buy international (US or UK) z-wave hardware and always be hacking it to work (I'm thinking about smart plugs which would need adaptors to fit our sockets).

 

I have a Vera Plus (for sale if anyone wants it...?) at home which I planned to use with a locally sources z-wave dongle (You can set the z-wave to use a USB port rather than the internal chip). If you can do the same with a smartthings hub then that's a decent option.


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  Reply # 1647280 7-Oct-2016 13:29
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The heart of the Samsung Smartthings solution is the 'hub' and: 

 

     

  1. The Z-Wave functionality can be disabled (I read it on another forum)
  2. There are other ways to communicate between devices
  3. The hub component is reasonably priced at one hundred yankee dollars, so if I ever want to use Z-Wave devices and Samsung announce a New Zealand compliant solution then it can be replaced

 

 


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  Reply # 1647315 7-Oct-2016 14:21
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Disrespective:

 

I have a Vera Plus (for sale if anyone wants it...?) at home which I planned to use with a locally sources z-wave dongle (You can set the z-wave to use a USB port rather than the internal chip). If you can do the same with a smartthings hub then that's a decent option.

 

 

Why selling it? Not a good option?


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  Reply # 1647321 7-Oct-2016 14:27
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Sounddude:

 

Disrespective:

 

I have a Vera Plus (for sale if anyone wants it...?) at home which I planned to use with a locally sources z-wave dongle (You can set the z-wave to use a USB port rather than the internal chip). If you can do the same with a smartthings hub then that's a decent option.

 

 

Why selling it? Not a good option?

 

Enabling a NZ z-wave dongle wasn't supported when I bought it (not that they knew that until after i'd hounded them. For all I know it's still not, but I believe it should be from the conversations i've been having with them and others recently) so I got stuck into openHAB and never got around to using it again. I'm so deep into OH now I can't go back, heh


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