Samsung has brought some updates to its SmartThings product line, with a brand new wireless hub and a new Wi-Fi router with mesh network technology from Plume, the creator of mesh Wi-Fi.
The new router, called the SmartThings Wifi, is the second Wi-Fi router with Samsung’s smart home hub built-in. The difference lies in the Plume mesh network technology.
Plume, based in Silicon Valley, uses artificial intelligence to learn about users’ home environment and promises to keep optimizing the network performance. The startup sells its own devices and also licenses its technology to third-party vendors. Comcast, a U.S. telecom as well as a smart home service provider, is one of Plume’s strategic partners.
“Integrating our adaptive home Wi-Fi technology and a rich set of consumer features into SmartThings’ large, open ecosystem truly elevates the smart home experience,” says Fahri Diner, the co-founder and CEO of Plume, in a statement.
The SmartThings Wifi has a SmartThings hub built-in, which enables users to set up and manage various smart home devices, including plugs, switches and lights, that support the SmartThings platform. It uses Zigbee, Z-wave and Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity protocols.
Each SmartThings Wifi router can cover 1,500 square feet, claims the South Korean company. The router is now available for US$119.99 and the three-pack package costs US$279.99.
New Wireless Hub and More
The new standalone SmartThings Hub is wireless, so it can work directly without being plugged to the Wi-Fi router at home. This means it can now be placed in the center of the home, ensuring every connected home device will have good connection with the hub. The new version of the SmartThings Hub is now available for US$69.99.
Samsung also upgraded its water leak sensor, motion sensor, multipurpose sensor and smart outlet. For instance, the new SmartThings motion sensor is redesigned with a magnetic ball mount, allowing homeowners to adjust the tilt angle for a wider view to detect motion.
Samsung also introduced the new SmartThings Button, a device that can trigger multiple automation actions in one click. Homeowners can program their preferred series of control actions for the Button in the SmartThings app. Once it’s done, the control routine is ready to go. The Button is now available for US$14.99.