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$40 SmartThings Link Turns Nvidia Shield into ZigBee & Z-Wave Home Automation System

4K media streamer Nvidia Shield becomes ZigBee and Z-Wave home automation hub with $40 SmartThings Link. Voice control via Google Assistant.

$40 SmartThings Link Turns Nvidia Shield into ZigBee & Z-Wave Home Automation System
Nvidia Shield becomes a ZigBee and Z-Wave home-automation hub with a $40 SmartThings USB stick.

Julie Jacobson · October 26, 2017

Binge-watching TV meets home automation. The new SmartThings Link, a USB stick with ZigBee and Z-Wave technology, plugs into an Nvidia Shield media streamer to turn it into a smart-home hub with voice control via Google Assistant. 

All for just $40.

Without the SmartThings dongle, Nvidia Shield has some smart-home features via cloud-to-cloud communications, but the Link product brings local control of a multitude of devices including lights, locks, thermostats and security systems.

Seems like SmartThings is everywhere these days. While Samsung reneged on its promise to embed the technology in all new TV sets, the entire home automation hub is crammed into this stick, as well as a new security system built by 2Gig and monitored by ADT.

The SmartThings Link is available for $39.99. Shield Rewards members will receive two email offers: SmartThings Link for $14.99 shipped or a SmartThings Link with a SmartThings Motion Sensor and two dimmable Sengled Element Classic LED Bulbs for $49.99 shipped.

The SmartThings Link will be available on BestBuy.com and other retail websites starting October 29. It will also be a part of a bundle with Shield TV for $214.98



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  About the Author

Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Email Julie at jjacobson@ehpub.com

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Home Theater · Furniture · Control & Automation · Automation · Lighting · Audio/Video · Multiroom Video · News · Products · NVIDIA · Samsung · SmartThings · All Topics
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