SmartThings bricks all hardware (2013 – 2021) wtf?

If you own a 2013 SmartThings hub (that’s the original) or a SmartThings Link for the Nvidia Shield TV, your hardware will stop working on June 30 of this year. The device depreciation is part of the announced exodus from manufacturing and supporting its own hardware and the Groovy IDE that Samsung Smartthings announced last summer.  SmartThings has set up a support page for customers still using those devices to help those users transition to newer hubs.

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Those who purchased one of these products in the last three years (Kevin just missed the window with his March 2018 purchase of the SmartThings Link for the Nvidia Shield) can share their proof-of-purchase at Samsung’s Refund Portal to find out if they are eligible for a refund. And in a win for those of us worried about e-waste, Samsung is also planning to recycle the older gear (or it will at least send you a prepaid shipping label so you can send back the devices for theoretical recycling).

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Source: SmartThings starts saying goodbye to its hardware – Stacey on IoT | Internet of Things news and analysis

At least they are willing to recycle some of the stuff but this is why you don’t buy stuff that is dependent on the cloud.

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