Samsung SmartThings GPS Tracker
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Works as advertised. Battery life is good.
Samsung's SmartThings Tracker and app help you find your lost things.
It'd be nice if finding lost items in real life were as simple as using Ctrl-F to find a word in a document. Well, with Samsung's new SmartThings Tracker, it almost is. Clip the Tracker to the item (or loved one) you don't want to lose, and you'll be able to find its (or their) location in no time using the SmartThings app.
Several companies make Bluetooth trackers, but those devices have limited range, which means they're dependent upon close proximity to the lost item. Samsung's SmartThings Tracker is backed by AT&T's nationwide LTE-M network that gives you the ability to track and locate your devices anywhere in the range of that cellular network. The first year of network coverage is included with your purchase. After that, it will cost $5 per month or $50 per year to use the Tracker.
Set up a geofenced zone in the SmartThings app, and you'll be able to get an alert when the Tracker enters or exits the zone. For example, you might want to get notified when your pet leaves the yard or when your child gets home from school. The Tracker can also act as an arrival sensor to trigger your smart home automations.
Average Customer Review(s):
Works as advertised. Battery life is good.
Overview: The Samsung SmartThings Tracker lets you keep track of the things (and people) that are important to you. It can be used with children, pets, or valuable items, so you can know its location at any time. Use of the SmartThings app is required for monitoring the tracker. One year of AT&T LTE service is included.
Tracker Module: The SmartThings Tracker is compact in size - 1-11/16" square and 1/2" tall. It weighs less than one ounce (0.8 oz.) It has a waterproof rating of IP68, which guarantees protection in water up to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes. It comes with a strap that makes it easy to attach to the item, pet, or person you wish to track. The tracker has a single button on the side to turn the device on or off. A Micro-B USB charging port is located on the opposite side. An LED indicator glows red, blue, or green to show its status.
Communications: The SmartThings Tracker is equipped with Qualcomm 4G LTE technology, Bluetooth 4.2, and Wi-Fi protocols to communicate location data. The tracker sends out its current location at regular intervals to the Samsung Cloud. That information is then sent to the SmartThings app. Pressing the tracker's power button twice sends out the current location information. You can also send an SOS if you're in trouble. Depending upon the strength of the signal and network traffic, updates may take a couple of minutes to reach the SmartThings app. AT&T LTE-M network service is included for the first 12 months. After the first 12 months, the service is $5.00 per month, or $50.00 a year.
Note: The tracker only works on U.S. mobile networks.
Battery: The tracker has a built-in Lithium-ion Polymer battery that provides 4 to 5 days of typical usage. The unit has a power saving mode that pauses location updates to extend battery life out to about 10 days. The power saving mode should be used when the device is in the same location for an extended amount of time.
SmartThings App: The SmartThings app, available for iOS or Android devices, lets you monitor your SmartThings Tracker, and view its current location and travel path on a map. You can set up safe zones for an area, such as your home or school, and receive a notification when the tracker enters or leaves the zone. You can also turn on or off other SmartThings products (such as lights) when the tracker enters or leaves the designated zone. The app also indicates the battery level and satellite view status of the tracker. The app is compatible with iPhone/iPad, and requires iOS 10.0 or later. It is works with Android devices (version varies with device). The tracker does not work with the SmartThings Classic app.
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Overall for $75 incl pouch this seems to be a pretty decent tracker. Going to give it a whirl. There are some mixed reviews online but we will see. Battery may be an issue but if I have to charge it in the evenings thats not a big deal. Coverage is the also thing noted but I assume that is based on your location and AT&T network coverage. Note there is a $50/yr subscription. [ Ian Dec 03, 2018 ]