When I was looking to purchase a SmartThings hub it isn’t as easy as just hopping on Amazon and buying it. You quickly find that there is a V2 and V3 version readily available to buy. Which one do you buy? Samsung has continually made improvements to the SmartThings hub over the years. There have been 3 iterations of the hub. Let’s take a look at them all and compare.
The V1 hub is discontinued. You may be able to find one on eBay or another marketplace, but it’s pretty old technology at this point and it lacks some of the features you’ll find on the newer generation hubs like USB or Wifi. You’re really deciding between the V2 or V3. Let’s take a look at a quick comparison:
|V1||V2 [Amazon]||V3 [Amazon]|
|Size||6.38″ x 5.25″ x 1.25″||4.9″ x 4.2″ x 1.3″||5″ x 5″ x 1.2″|
In my opinion, you can’t go wrong with a V2 or V3, but there are some trade offs that are made no matter which one you decide to go with.
The V3 has lower specs, and no battery backup, but it does have the ability to connect via Wifi. This is fantastic if you want the flexibility of having the hub anywhere in your house. Samsung claims that the lower specs cause no performance issues. The V3 SmartThings hub is also going to be cheaper than a V2 hub. The loss of battery backup and the lower specs allowed Samsung to cut the cost a little. There are some claims that the range is a little further on the V3, though I’ve not seen anything concrete.
If you feel that you need battery backup, still care about specs, and plan on hard wiring anyway, then the V2 hub may be up your alley. Though it does come at a cost, about $20 more at the time of this writing.
I personally went with a V2, because I was going to put it with the rest of my server gear anyway, so wifi was not needed. It may not matter, but I would like the best specs possible also.
I hope this helps make your decision a little easier when trying to figure out which hub is the best option. All SmartThings devices are compatible with either hub, so no worries there. It’s ultimately going to come down to either wanting battery backup or wifi for most people, but again, you can’t go wrong with either one.