Nvidia SHIELD Smart Home Automation Guide

Nvidia SHIELD Smart Home Automation Guide

Nvidia SHIELD Smart Home

How to Setup a Nvidia SHIELD as the Brain Center to Control and Automate Your Smart Home

Smart homes are becoming more popular now than ever. There are over 200 hundred different devices that can be wirelessly connected to fully automate your home. These can be setup and controlled right from your Nvidia SHIELD using your voice, your phone or remote control.

Now that Google Assistant, the software Artificial Intelligence (AI) that makes this all possible has come to the Nvidia SHIELD through the latests software update, it's possible to use your SHIELD to fully automate and control your Smart Home.

In this Smart Home Automation Guide guide we will show how to use your SHIELD to make this all happen. We will also provide you with a list of devices you can buy to make your house the smartest home on the block.

Using Google Assistant on your Nvidia SHIELD, it is now possible to call for a pizza, schedule an Uber, turn up the heat,  see and talk with someone at the front door,  lock the doors and turn on or off all the lights in your home.

One of the first things you will need to make all this happen is a Samsung SmartThings Link. This is an inexpensive USB dongle that plugs into the back of your SHIELD and keeps you from needing to buy the more expensive Samsung SmartThings Home HUB that plugs into your Router and works without a Nvidia SHIELD.

What the SmartThings Hub and Link Can Do to Automate Your Smart Home

  • A SmartThing Link will make your NVIDIA SHIELD the brain center of your smart home. A  SmartThings Hub can stand alone to control your smart devices and a SHIELD is not  then used.
  • By connecting wirelessly to a wide range of smart devices a SmartThings Hub or a Link lets them all work together
  • You can monitor and control connected devices in your home using the SmartThings app for iPhone or Android
  • Receive alerts on your phone from connected devices when there’s unexpected activity in your home
  • You can even automate connected devices in your home and set them to turn on or off when doors are opened, as people come and go. This is perfect for setting up schedules or use sensors to control lamps, locks, thermostats, cameras and more.

Do You Need A SmartThings Link?

If you only plan on using your Nvidia SHIELD with devices that work with LAN and cloud-to-cloud devices, such as thermostats, speakers, and more then a USB Link is not needed. If you want to connect with ZigBee and Z-Wave devices, you need to buy a SmartThings Link to plug into your SHIELD.

If you plan on using SmartThings for Security applications, there is a conflict with the SHIELD Sleep settings that does not work properly with these devices. In that case we recommend using either the Smart Hub or ADT Smart Home Security Kit instead.

For other home automation applications and especially as a media streamer, the SHIELD remains the undisputed champ. You can Learn more about the NIVIDA SHIELD here.

How To Turn Your Nvidia SHIELD Into a Smart Home Controller

1. Make sure you have updated your SHIELD to the SmartThings Link enabled software version 6.1 or later. On your SHIELD go to  Settings > About > System Updates to check which version software you have or to download new updates.

2.  Click here to get a Samsung SmartThings Link. You will also need Smart Devices which you can look through the list below and choose items you would like to have for your Smart Home.

3. Attach the SmartThings USB Link to the USB port. You can plug it in directly or use the included cord to move it out from the back of your SHIELD to give it a better WiFi signal. (This is highly recommended)

4. Next you will need to download the SmartThings App. You will need both apps, one will be installed on your SHIELD and the other on your Phone. You can download these apps from the links below.

SmartThings App SHIELD

SmartThings App iPhone

SmartThings App Android Phone

5. Now if you don't already have one, create an Account with Samsung by launching the SmartThings software on your phone. Tap Create Account, agree to the Terms, then fill in your information.

6. Once your account is created and you have logged in on your phone, start the SmartThings app on your SHIELD and follow the onscreen instructions to complete setting up and linking your SmartThings USB Link.

7. Use the app on your Nvidia SHIELD to manage and link all your devices. There are hundreds of devices to choose from that can be used for Smart Home automation. We have included a list of the most popular Smart Home devices along with links to where you find them on Amazon.

      Compatible SmartThings Link and Hub Devices 

SmartThings Link Makes your SHIELD the brain of your smart home. This is the lowest cost solution for creating a Smart Home if you own a Nvidia SHIELD.
Smart Home Link Nvidia SHIELD
SmartThings Hub is the stand alone brain of your smart home. A SHIELD is not required.
SmartThings Hub
Package Deal Includes a Smart Hub, Two Multipurpose Sensors, a Motion Sensor, and a Smart Outlet.
SmartThings Package
SmartThings ADT Home Security Starter Kit. Stand alone system.
Smart Home AI
Z-Wave Dimmer Switch. 450W Dimmable LED/CFL, 1000W Incandescent, Halogen, MLV and Mark X
SmartThings Dimmer
VRS15-1LZ Vizia RF + 15A Scene Capable Switch.
learn more
PD-6WCL-WH Caseta Wireless In-Wall Smart Dimmer Switch.
learn more
Dim up to 300 Watts LED/CFL or 600 Watts Incandescent.
learn more
Samsung SmartThings Outlet. Control lights, electronics and small appliances from your phone or SHIELD. Plugs into regular outlet.
SmartThings Outlet
Split Duplex Smart Receptacle. Replace existing electrical wall outlet to control your devices. 1800 Watts Max load.
learn more
Enterwave Duplex Receptacle. Has one controlled outlet and one always-on outlet.
SmartThings Receptacle
LED Bulbs
Sylvania A19 full color bulb. Light you can tune, dim, and control from your smartphone or tablet.
learn more
Hue White and Color Ambiance LED Light Bulb (A19).
learn more
Tunable white LED bulb choose from 50 thousand shades of white. Set to a schedule to come on various times a day.
learn more
Dimmable LED Smart 60 Watt Flood Light. Fits recessed cans and downlight.
learn more
Sylvania Color LED Smart Strip.
learn more
Philips Hue Lightstrip. Bend and attach to a vanity of surfaces up to 33 feet. Choose from 16 million colors.
Smart Home LED Light Strip
LiFi Labs LIFX White 800 WiFi enabled smart bulb. Control with voice commands or turn on or off when doors are opened or closed.
learn more
Dimmable LED Smart bulb. Works with WiFi or Voice Commands.
learn more
Halo Smart Smoke & Carbon Monoxide CO Alarm with Battery Backup, Hardwired.
Smart Home Smoke Detector
105dB siren with strobe alerts.
learn more
Prevent expensive water damage with an ForrezZ controlled water valve which includes a leak detector.
Smart Home Water Valve
Yale Touchscreen Deadbolt with Z-Wave in Satin Nickel.
SmartThings Deadbolt Lock
Yale Assure Lock with Bluetooth - Your Phone is Your Key to this Touchscreen Lock in Oil Rubbed Bronze.
learn more
Schlage Z-Wave Connect Century Touchscreen Deadbolt with Built-In Alarm.
SmartThings Lock
Yale Commercial Grade nexTouch Lock with Z-Wave. Satin Stainless Pushbutton Lever Lock.
learn more
Kwikset 912 Z-Wave SmartCode Electronic Touchpad with Tustin Lever
learn more
Control your garage door with this GoControl/Linear GD00Z-4 Z-Wave Garage Door Opener Remote Controller.
Smart Garage Opener
Arlo Security System by NETGEAR - 2 Wire-Free HD Cameras, Indoor/Outdoor with Night Vision.
SmartThings Camera
Ring Video Doorbell Pro lets you see, hear, and speak with visitors in 1080p HD video, day or night.
Ring Video Doorbell
Honeywell Total Connect Programable Thermostat. Wi-Fi 9000 Color Touch Screen.
Smart Home Thermostat
ecobee4 Smart Home Thermostat with Sensor. Control your ecobee thermostat with the SmartThings app.
SmartThings ecobee

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