Samsung adds hub and mesh router to SmartThings platform

Samsung has extended its product range for smart homes SmartThings with a hub, a mesh router, sensors and a programmable button. The router is sold separately and as a bundle of three devices.

Samsung’s mesh router is called SmartThings Wifi and many specifications correspond to Samsung’s existing mesh router, the Connect Home. The new system is also a dual-band router with support for 802.11ac AC1300 with mu-mimo. Again, the device can also serve as a hub, with support for bluetooth 4.1, ZigBee and Z-Wave for connection to devices in the home.
New is the integration of technology of the American company Plume . The software from this San Francisco company would ensure that bandwidth is distributed smartly, based on the use of the routers. The software learns over time the usage scenarios. In addition, the software for parent settings, to grant internet time to users, and guest accounts, for temporary access to networks.

The suggested retail price of a single router is $ 120, for a package of three routers asks Samsung $ 280. This makes the mesh system slightly cheaper than the existing Connect Home offer.
Samsung also introduces a new hub, which no longer needs to be connected to ethernet, but can also be wirelessly integrated into the network. The hub also supports bluetooth 4.1 and the latest generation of Zigbee and Z-Wave. Finally, Samsung SmartThings expands with a sensor for leaks, a Multipurpose Sensor, a smart outlet and a programmable button, for physical operation instead of via the app. For the time being, Samsung does not deliver its SmartThings products in the Benelux. It is not known when that will be the case. Samsung took over the American company SmartThings in in 2014.


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