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How to update firmware for Z-Wave devices on SmartThings

If you’re a SmartThings user and you need to update firmware on some of your Z-Wave devices, this article will explain how to do it.

I ran into this exact situation recently, and I assumed I would be able to easily update the firmware through the SmartThings hub. However, after fumbling around with it for a bit, I did a quick search and found that this was NOT something SmartThings could currently do.

Don’t worry, though. It can be done without too much trouble. This article will show you how.

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4 Smart Switches that work with your smart bulbs

Lots of experts recommend smart switches over smart bulbs because they are easier to use. However, without smart bulbs, you won’t get the awesome benefit of color changing or white-shifting lights.

You can debate the pros and cons of smart switches and smart bulbs (which I’ve done here), but I don’t want to choose one or the other. I want the best of both. I want to be able to combine the cool, color changing effects of smart bulbs with the convenience and usability of smart switches.

Can it be done? Of course! Here’s how.

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How To Make Any Alexa Enabled Device Work With SmartThings

UPDATED 12/13/2019: Please read the comments section. For some currently unknown reason this tutorial seems to work for some people but not for others. If you have any insight into why, we’d love to hear from you.

Many smart home products are compatible with Alexa, but far fewer are directly compatible with Samsung SmartThings hub. The SmartThings’ automations are more powerful so wouldn’t it be great if we could link these two universes together?

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The Ultimate Guide to LED Strips

LED strips are a DIYer’s dream come true. Believe me, I’ve gotten sucked into binge watching hours of LED project videos more than a few times.

Even though I found tons of really good ideas (and wasted many hours), I struggled to find one place where I could get all the information I needed to create my own project.

That’s what this guide is for.

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