Smart Home Made Easy

Steps for turning your home into a smart home

Posted by dave on October 09, 2023

Turning your home into a smart home using Amazon's Alexa with Samsung's SmartThings device network is easy enough for most home owners to DIY (do-it-yourself). A SmartThings hub integrates devices that communicate using Z-Wave, Zigbee, or Matter wireless protocols, and Alexa adds voice control. SmartThings has been around a long time and is mature. Z-Wave and Zigbee devices offer interoperability, low-power, and are plentiful and affordable. The selection of a device hub is important to ensure expandability and flexibility. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you through the process.



• Samsung SmartThings Hub: This is the central device that connects all your smart home devices. • Smart Devices: These can include lights, thermostats, locks, cameras, etc., that are compatible with SmartThings, Z-Wave, or Zigbee. • Amazon Alexa Device: Such as Echo Dot or Echo Show.


• SmartThings App: Download it on your smartphone. • Amazon Alexa App: Download it on your smartphone.

Step 1: Set Up the SmartThings Hub

  1. Placement: Place the SmartThings Hub in a central location in your home.
  2. Power and Internet: Connect the hub to power and internet using the provided adapters and Ethernet cable or Wi-Fi.
  3. App Configuration: Open the SmartThings app on your smartphone, create an account (or log in), and follow the on-screen instructions to set up the hub.

Step 2: Add Smart Devices

  1. Device Installation: Install your smart devices (lights, locks, thermostats, etc.) according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  2. Add to SmartThings: Open the SmartThings app, tap on '+', select 'Device', and follow the instructions to add your devices. The app will guide you on how to pair each device with the hub.

Step 3: Set Up Alexa

  1. Alexa App: Open the Alexa app, log in with your Amazon account.
  2. Add Alexa Device: Follow the on-screen instructions to set up your Alexa device.
  3. Enable SmartThings Skill: Go to ‘Skills & Games’, search for ‘SmartThings’, and enable the skill. Log in with your SmartThings account to link them.

Step 4: Discover Smart Devices with Alexa

  1. Device Discovery: In the Alexa app, go to 'Devices' and tap on the '+' icon to add a device. Alexa will search for compatible devices and show them in the app.
  2. Device Control: Now, you can control your smart devices with voice commands through Alexa.

Step 5: Create Routines and Automations

  1. SmartThings Automations: In the SmartThings app, you can create automations to have devices interact with each other automatically, e.g., lights turning on when a door opens.
  2. Alexa Routines: In the Alexa app, create routines for custom voice commands and automated actions, e.g., saying "Alexa, good morning" to turn on lights and adjust the thermostat.

Step 6: Grouping Devices (Optional)

Group devices in the Alexa app to control multiple devices at once, e.g., create a “Living Room” group to control all living room devices with a single command.

Step 7: Testing

Test the setup by giving commands to Alexa and checking if the devices respond as expected. Modify the setup as needed.

Troubleshooting Tips:

• Ensure all devices are compatible with SmartThings, Z-Wave, or Zigbee, and follow the specific pairing instructions for each device. • Update all devices and apps to the latest firmware/software versions. • Check the internet connection if devices are not responding.

Security Tips:

• Regularly update all devices and apps to ensure security features are up-to-date. • Use strong, unique passwords for all associated accounts. • Consider implementing two-factor authentication if available.

Congratulations! You have turned your house into a smart home using Samsung’s SmartThings, Z-Wave, and Zigbee protocols, with Alexa for voice control. Enjoy the convenience and efficiency of your newly automated home environment.