Samsung SmartThings Wifi is a mesh router for your smart home

Samsung SmartThings Wifi is a mesh router for your smart home

Starting today, you can buy a bunch of new SmartThings-related products, including a new SmartThings Mesh WiFi System, a new SmartThings Hub, and a bunch of sensors to go with it.

"As more people embrace a connected lifestyle, we're focused on creating the best experiences so they can get more out of their smart home", SK Kim, senior director for internet of things product marketing at Samsung Electronics America, said in a released statement as part of today's announcement. "SmartThings Wifi is an intelligent solution that adapts to the many devices in the home, with mesh capability to eliminate coverage gaps plus a built-in SmartThings Hub to easily monitor and control hundreds of compatible smart products".

For corner to corner coverage, users can choose the right Wi-Fi configuration to fit their needs, from a home with multiple levels to a small apartment.

Samsung's Wi-Fi Mesh Router is exactly like that, except it has a couple of differentiating points.

This time around, instead of trying to manage the mesh network itself, Samsung has partnered with Plume.

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While the SmartThings hub makes Samsung's offering unique, it also has some notable features on the WiFi side as well.

These sort of features are commonplace in most modern WiFi systems, but being able to take advantage of Plume's optimization is a solid addition to the SmartThings WiFi system. It's also compatible with hundreds of third-party devices and services.

Each router can cover an area of 1,500 square feet. If you're only interested in setting up a smart thermostat or some WiFi light bulbs, you won't get much of a benefit from the SmartThings hub - but once you start building out multi-action routines or impliment motion or temperature sensors, you'll appreciate the flexibility that comes with something like the SmartThings hub. And the SmartThings WiFi devices are pretty competitive from a price standpoint: a single device will retail for $120, while a three-pack costs $280.

Setup for the router can be done from either an iOS or Android device running iOS 10 or higher or Android OS 5.0 or higher, respectively, and the routers support Bluetooth 4.1, ZigBee and Z-Wave standards. The major differentiation between the other platforms is that Samsung's router also doubles as a SmartThings hub. The motion sensor has a new design with a magnetic ball mount. The new smart outlet, multipurpose sensor and water leak sensor got a slight redesign but remain otherwise unchanged.

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