The SmartThings home monitoring kit comes with a small set of sensors and an outlet switch, but if you need more than what’s included in the starter kit, you can easily add more sensors and devices to your SmartThings setup.
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The starter kit alone can actually be a complete install for some smaller apartments as two open/close sensors can be installed on the front door and patio door and the motion sensor can probably cover most of the apartment if you have an open floor plan. However, if you have more space with more exterior doors and more rooms in general, you may need more SmartThings sensors.
Various SmartThings products available
If you want to expand your SmartThings settings, here are the official sensors and devices that Samsung has to offer.
The SmartThings multi-function sensor is basically an open/close sensor for doors and windows, but its name comes from the fact that it can also act as a temperature sensor and sense vibration, orientation, and angle.
The SmartThings motion sensor is a small device that can be placed anywhere you want to monitor movement, such as a closed room in your home or next to an entrance if you want to know if someone has come and gone if you’re not at I have an open/close sensor.
The nice thing about the motion sensor is that it can stand on its own without the need for a wall mount, so you can easily move it from room to room whenever you want.
While you can use your own phone as an arrival sensor, the SmartThings arrival sensor itself does not allow you to keep your phone GPS enabled to save battery life. It’s basically a small dongle that you can attach to your keys and it will send you notifications whenever it enters or leaves the range of the SmartThings hub.
Water leakage sensor
Perhaps the most underrated sensor SmartThings has to offer is the Water Leak Sensor, which is sure to be a sensor you’ll use all the time but will save you headaches in the long run when it’s used once.
Place it on the floor next to the dishwasher, washing machine or in the bathroom and you will be notified in case of a leak.
SmartThings Outlet is the only SmartThings device that isn’t battery powered, allowing you to connect everything to it and control it remotely. It can essentially turn your dumb appliances into smart appliances in an instant. You can also use it to automate lamps and turn them on automatically when you open a door or enter a room using other SmartThings sensors.