SmartThings Support

How to turn NVIDIA SHIELD into a SmartThings Hub

Turn your NVIDIA® SHIELD™ into the brain of your smart home with a SmartThings Link.

How it works

Getting Started

Sign up for SmartThings and add NVIDIA SHIELD as a Hub (New users)

Add NVIDIA SHIELD as a Hub (Existing Users)

 

How it works

When you add SmartThings Link to your NVIDIA SHIELD, it works as a SmartThings Hub and turns into the brain of your smart home. It connects wirelessly with a wide range of smart devices and make them work together.

Get the SmartThings Link, plug it into the back of your NVIDIA SHIELD and add smart devices such as lights, cameras, locks, thermostats, sensors, and more to build your own smart home.

Note: If you do not have the SmartThings Link, the NVIDIA SHIELD will only work with certain compatible LAN and cloud-to-cloud devices. To unlock the full potential of your NVIDIA SHIELD and connect with the full range of Works With SmartThings devices, you need the SmartThings Link which includes both ZigBee and Z-Wave radios.

 

Getting Started

First, set up your NVIDIA SHIELD by following the instructions that came with your product.

Next, insert the SmartThings Link directly into the USB port on the back of the NVIDIA SHIELD using the provided USB extension cord. It is not recommended to plug the SmartThings Link into a USB hub.

Then, on your TV, go to the Google Play store and download and install the SmartThings for NVIDIA SHIELD app.

 

Sign up for SmartThings and add NVIDIA SHIELD as a Hub (New users)

On the TV, open the SmartThings app:

  1. Select I’m new to SmartThings if you have never used SmartThings
  2. Follow the on-screen instructions to download the SmartThings mobile app on your smartphone or tablet. Get the free SmartThings mobile app available for Android or iOS
  3. You will complete setup in the mobile app. When prompted, enter the Activation Code displayed on your TV screen into the mobile app

 

Next, sign up in the SmartThings mobile app.

  • I do not have a Samsung account
  • I already have a Samsung account

Open the SmartThings app:

  1. Touch Sign in
  2. Touch Create account
  3. Enter your email address
  4. Enter your password
  5. Confirm your password
  6. Enter your first and last name
  7. Enter your ZIP code and date of birth
  8. Touch Next
  9. Touch Agree for the Samsung Terms and Conditions, Terms of Services, and Samsung Privacy Policy
  10. Touch Confirm

Open the SmartThings app:

  1. Enter your Samsung account ID and password
  2. Touch Sign in
  3. Agree to the Samsung Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, and touch Done

 

After signing up for SmartThings, you will add NVIDIA SHIELD as a Hub.

In the SmartThings app:

  1. From the Home screen, touch the Plus (+) icon and select Add device
  2. Select NVIDIA
  3. Touch Next
  4. Enter the Activation Code displayed on your TV
  5. Touch Next
  6. Wait a moment while your Link for NVIDIA SHIELD is activated
  7. Touch Done to confirm

If you have not already created a Location, adding a SmartThings Hub will automatically create a Location (with the default name Home), which is the main launch pad for your connected Hub, devices, Scenes, and Automations.

You can rename your Location, add a shortcut to your Location on the Dashboard, and even set a geolocation to be used in presence-based Automations. Click here to learn more about managing Locations in the SmartThings app.

Now you’re ready to connect your smart devices! Here are some helpful articles that can help you get started:

 

Add NVIDIA SHIELD as a Hub (Existing Users)

  • SmartThings app
  • SmartThings Classic app

Add SmartThings Link for NVIDIA SHIELD to a new Location

In the SmartThings app:

  1. From the Home screen, touch Menu (Menu icon)
  2. Touch the Location drop-down menu at the top of the screen
  3. Touch Add location
  4. Name your Location
  5. Touch to choose an icon for your Location
  6. Touch to set your Geolocation
    1. Long press the pin in a new spot on the map, or touch and hold the pin to drag it
    2. Touch and drag the dot to change the size of the geofence surrounding your home
    3. Touch Done
  7. Touch Save to confirm
  8. From the Home screen, touch the Plus (+) icon and select Add device
  9. Select NVIDIA
  10. Then touch Next
  11. Confirm the Hub's geolocation, then touch Next
  12. Choose a Room for the Hub, then touch Next
  13. Touch Next
  14. Enter the Activation Code displayed on your TV
  15. Touch Next
  16. Wait a moment while your Link for NVIDIA SHIELD is activated
  17. Touch Done to confirm

 

Add SmartThings Link for NVIDIA SHIELD to an existing Location

In the SmartThings app:

  1. From the Home screen, touch the Plus (+) icon and select Add device
  2. Select NVIDIA
  3. Choose a Location for the Hub, then touch Next
  4. Configure the Hub's geolocation, then touch Next
  5. Choose a Room for the Hub, then touch Next
  6. Touch Next
  7. Enter the Activation Code displayed on your TV
  8. Touch Next
  9. Wait a moment while your Link for NVIDIA SHIELD is activated
  10. Touch Done to confirm

Add SmartThings Link for NVIDIA SHIELD to a new Location

In the SmartThings Classic mobile app:

  1. Touch the menu (Android) / More (iOS)
  2. Touch the dropdown arrow
  3. Touch Add New Location
  4. Select your country
  5. Touch Continue
  6. Touch Yes, I have a Hub to connect
  7. Enter the 8-character Activation Code displayed on the TV
  8. Touch Next
  9. Touch Grant Location Permission
  10. Name your Location (defaults to “Home”)
  11. Touch This Is My Location to confirm your physical location
    1. If needed, touch Change Location
    2. Long press the pin in a new spot on the map, or touch and hold the pin to drag it
    3. Touch and drag the blue dot to change the size of the geofence surrounding your home
    4. Touch Save
  12. Wait for the success message
  13. Touch Done

 

Add SmartThings Link for NVIDIA SHIELD to an existing Location

In the SmartThings Classic mobile app:

  1. Touch the menu (Android) / More (iOS)
  2. Touch the gear icon beside the Location
  3. Touch Add a Hub (Android) / Connect a Hub Now (iOS)
    Note: This option is only available if the Location does not already have a connected Hub
  4. Enter the 8-character Activation Code displayed on the TV
  5. Touch Next
  6. Touch Grant Location Permission
  7. Name your Location (defaults to “Home”)
  8. Touch This Is My Location to confirm your physical location
    1. If needed, touch Change Location
    2. Long press the pin in a new spot on the map, or touch and hold the pin to drag it
    3. Touch and drag the blue dot to change the size of the geofence surrounding your home
    4. Touch Save
  9. Wait for the success message
  10. Touch Done

 

For more information about NVIDIA SHIELD, visit NVIDIA's support page here. For technical specifications and product details about SmartThings Link, visit our Works With SmartThings page here.