WiFi Devices That Work With SmartThings

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There are many reasons why someone might be looking for a Wi-Fi device that works with SmartThings. Maybe they want a feature which is better supported with that protocol, like video or real time energy monitoring. Maybe they just don’t want to have a hub, or can’t find one to buy in their region. maybe they are providing unofficial tech-support to a friend or family member in another country and want devices they both can use. Maybe they have a family member who is just more comfortable with the idea of Wi-Fi than any of the other lesser known protocols.

For whatever the reason, as of 2018 you can now run a smart home, and specifically a smartthings account, without needing a Smartthings Hub to go with it. Some of these will have direct integration with smartthings provided by the manufacturer. Some will need to use an intermediary like Amazon Alexa routines or IFTTT or homebridge. And eventually, maybe some will be project CHIP certified (but we aren’t there yet).

This page is to list devices by device class which can be made to work with SmartThings. Feel free to add more, but keep the description to a minimum: the device class, the primary features, integration method, a link to the manufacturer or Amazon listing, and if needed a link to a discussion thread in the smartthings forum about it.

Note that none of these will require a smartthings hub, but many will require their own “bridge“ for Internet connectivity. Also, they were all need to be set up in their own manufacturer’s app to begin with, but after that you should be able to use the smartthings app for daily controls and rules.

‘’GARAGE DOOR OPENER’’

Meross. Very inexpensive but with ETL safety certifications. Some models also work with HomeKit. No bridge required.

Meross at Amazon

‘’IN-WALL OUTLETS’’

Leviton. Although better known in the smartthings community for their Z wave devices, Leviton also makes identical looking devices that use Wi-Fi. These devices have an official smartthings integration. No bridge required.

Leviton Decora Smart with WiFi


‘’LIGHT SWITCHES’’

Leviton. Although better known in the smartthings community for their Z wave devices, Leviton also makes identical looking devices that use Wi-Fi. These switches and pocket sockets have an official smartthings integration. No bridge required. Also offers auxiliary switches for three-way set ups.

Leviton Decora Smart with WiFi

Lutron Caseta. The devices use their own proprietary frequency, but when you add the “smartbridge“ or “SmartBridge pro” you then get a Wi-Fi integration that works with smartthings. The smartbridge pro costs more but will let you work with other third-party systems, including Hubitat. These also work with Apple HomeKit. These can be set up in a three-way with their own pico remotes or, for some models, with your existing dumb auxiliary switch. Note that as of November 2020, the Lutron Caseta fan switch and the Lutron Caseta motion sensor do not work with smartthings.

Lutron Caseta manufacturer site

Meross. inexpensive but with ETL safety certifications. Offers an accessory switch for three-way set ups. Some models also work with HomeKit. No bridge required.

Meross at Amazon



‘’LIGHT BULBS’’

LIFX. Some of the brightest RGB bulbs available. These also tend to be a little hotter than other brands. Available in multiple styles including a light strip where you can set different sections of the strip to different colors. Some models also work with HomeKit. No bridge required.

LIFX at Amazon

Meross. Very inexpensive but with ETL safety certifications. These generally cost between $19 for the RGB bulb. Some models also work with HomeKit. No bridge required.

Meross at Amazon

Philips Hue System. Very popular throughout the world, these are well engineered with a lot of special features, such as the ability to control the behavior of each bulb after power is restored. Although there are some models sold which can work just with a smart phone, no bridge, for smartthings integration you do need the Hue Bridge. Lights connected to this bridge, including some from other brands like IKEA, should work with smartthings. That also includes some LED strip controllers, like those from RGBgenie. The end devices are not Wi-Fi, but they will talk to the bridge which will establish the Wi-Fi connection to the Internet. Only lights will be exposed to smartthings. The platform also has motion sensors, wall switches, control buttons, and other accessories. These can be used as a parallel means of control for lights attached to the same hue bridge, but the accessories will not be visible to smartthings. Also works with Homekit.

Philips Hue at Amazon


‘’LOCKS’’

Wi-Fi locks used to be unreliable with poor battery life, but in 2019 August introduced their version, with a smartthings a Integration released in 2020, which is a very good lock. No bridge is required.

Manufacturer site for August Lock


‘’PLUG-IN POCKETSOCKETS’’

Currant. Offers official integration. No bridge required. Offers two independently controlled sockets with energy monitoring.

Currant manufacturer site

Leviton. Although better known in the smartthings community for their Z wave devices, Leviton also makes identical looking devices that use Wi-Fi. These switches and pocket sockets have an official smartthings integration. No bridge required.

Leviton Decora Smart with WiFi

Lutron Caseta. See the entry under light switches.

Meross. Very inexpensive but with ETL safety certifications. These generally cost between 15 and $20 for the single socket version, or about $35 for dual sockets. They have both indoor and outdoor models. Some models also work with HomeKit. No bridge required.

Meross at Amazon


‘’SENSORS’’

‘’THERMOSTATS’’

Ecobee works well with smartthings as well as HomeKit. No bridge required. it has its own individual accessory sensors but these are not exposed to smartthings. Check with your local utility company as many offer a rebate if you are replacing a dumb thermostat with an ecobee.

Ecobee Manufacturer Site

Note that at the time of this writing there is no integration between Nest and smartthings.