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Staples Connect hub is dead as IoT graveyard grows

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Staples Connect, the retailer’s smart home hub which promised to corral connected gadgets across multiple brands, has finally died, another casualty of the fiercely competitive Internet of Things.

So, for $99 you got a base station that could use Z-Wave to interact with numerous devices across a range of categories.

Staples sold starter kits with bundles that included lights and remote-controlled outlets, for example, or home security systems with security cameras, door/window sensors, and connected smoke alarms.

However, there was an impressively lengthy list of other devices from multiple manufacturers that could be paired with the box and controlled through Staple’s app.

A follow-up hub added ZigBee and Bluetooth LE.

Unfortunately, just as Revolv owners discovered, trusting a single hub to tie together everything in your home can be a problem if the manufacture of that gateway decides to pull the plug.

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