Samsung SmartThings ExtendTV Dongle Gets FCC Knod

Samsung subsidiary SmartThings won FCC approval for a thumb-size USB stick that consumers with connected TVs will be able to use to control more than 200 home automation devcices, according to an FCC document obtained by The Donohue Report.

Samsung, which acquired Palo Alto, Calif.-based SmartThings in 2014, announced in December that it would give consumers that purchase its 2016 SUHD TVs free SmartThings Extend USB adapters. The device supports both the ZigBee and Z-Wave home automation protocols.

In an FCC test report dated March 24, SmartThings describes the Extend as a “802.15.4 Zigbee, ITU-T G9959 Z-Wave combo module that acts as a communication controller for users of a wireless device to connect to a smart TV.”

Devices that consumers will be able to control through SUHD TVs attached to the Connect dongle include thermostats, lights, cameras, speakers and appliances.

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