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Friday, 2 June 2017

Preorder for Samsung's new SmartThings and Wi-Fi mesh router starts on Sunday

Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge

We now have a release date and price for the Connect Home, Samsung's attempt to marry a router with a SmartThings hub. The unassuming Samsung Connect Home is meant to sit out in the open to blanket your home in a mesh of Wi-Fi for data, and Zigbee and Z-Wave for wireless control over all your compatible home automation devices. Samsung Connect Home goes up for preorder at starting Sunday, June 4th, and will be sold in a variety of configurations.

  • For large homes up to 4,500 square feet, Samsung offers a three-pack solution for a suggested price of $379.99, which seems about right compared to the $350 Netgear Orbi 2-pack, $395 Eero 3-pack, $330 Plume six-pack (prices will vary).
  • Smaller homes up to 1,500 square feet can buy a single unit for $169.99.
  • Samsung will also sell a single $249.99 Connect Home Pro for gamers and anyone else that demands higher bandwidth. Pro models are not offered in bundles.

The Pro model features a 4x4 MU-MIMO antenna and a max speed of 1.7 Gbps, while the others come equipped with a 2x2 MU-MIMO antenna array and a slower processor for a max speed of 866 Mbps. Samsung says up to five Samsung Connect Home devices can be connected at once to cover 7,500 square feet of space, though it's unclear if the Pro devices can be included in that meshy mix.

You can take a Samsung Connect Home home starting on July 2nd at Best Buy stores and

Source : The Verge


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