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Staples Connect Starter Kit

Staples Connect Starter Kit

Item: 281750    Model: 1KTHCSK

Staples Connect Starter Kit
4.5stars
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  • Includes 1 Hub and 1 GE plug-in module
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Staples Connect Starter Kit
 
4.3

(based on 3 reviews)

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5.0

Simple setup and instant response

By Mohammed Monshi

from Farmington Hills, MI

Verified Buyer
This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

Comments about Staples Connect Starter Kit:

The device looks nice and was simple to setup. All guiding materials are provided, plus the application also guides you step by step to setup the hub as well as connecting the module.

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4.0

Good now, Great Future Potential

By Zwaver

from Durham, NC

About Me Midrange Shopper

This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

Pros

  • Easy To Set Up
  • Reliable

Cons

  • Limited Number Of Sensors
  • No Firmware Upgrades
  • No User Community

Best Uses

  • Everyday Use

Comments about Staples Connect Starter Kit:

I got this kit a couple of weeks ago. It was easy to set up. I also downloaded the iOS app to my iPad and also found that fairly easy to work with. So far, I am using it control a number of lights around my house.

I have been looking at a number of home automation systems for about 6 months and decided that Connect offered by far the most for the money. My goal is to replace an old X-10 system that has proven to be unreliable. So far, the Connect system with z-wave components has been 100% reliable, turning things on and off when planned.

My main complaint is the limited number of sensors available today. For example, I want to be able to use motion sensors outside of my house to trigger lights and a camera. As of today, there is no outdoor motion sensor included in the list of devices. (While one of the Staples Connect partners does offer an outdoor z-wave sensor, it is not included the sensors that are listed as working with Connect.) In addition, all of the lighting controls so far come from just one company that uses it own proprietary protocol. I did purchase z-wave light switches from a major home improvement store and these work fine, although you need to do a few technical tricks to get them to work with the Connect app.

A few other issues also concern me. There is no indication that it is possible to upgrade the firmware in the hub. Perhaps it can be, but I can't find anything on either the Staples Connect or the Zonoff websites indicating this. It seems highly unlikely that there would never be a need to upgrade the firmware. I would think firmware upgrades would address potential security issues and additional sensors that might come out in the future.

Also, while Staples and Zonoff promise a future user community, there is no indication that this actually in the works. There are no links on either site indicating where this might be found. While Zonoff has a blog, nothing on it indicates planned future enhancements or a timetable. Just that new partners will be announced "throughout 2014."

I am also concerned about the limited availability of the Connect components. I live in North Carolina. Today, only two Staples stores in my state carry this line. Even states like California and New York only have three stores carrying Connect products.

Finally, while I received an email from Staples Connect after I registered the product inviting me to submit suggestions, when I did that, I never even got a form letter response. It would be nice if some computer were set to autorespond with an acknowledgement before dumping my message into a junk folder.

In summary, I see the Connect system as having great potential at a good price for a z-wave home automation system. I just hope that it lives up to its potential.

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  • Personal
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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4.0

So Far so Good!

By CEM

from Goodyear, AZ

About Me Midrange Shopper

Verified Buyer
This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

Pros

  • Easy To Set Up
  • Easy to Use
  • Efficient
  • Quality Construction
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday Use

    Comments about Staples Connect Starter Kit:

    So far so good. Had less than a month and working as expected. Just starting to build up my mesh network and the Connect does everything that is promised. With all the options out there, very happy I decided to go with this product.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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