It's been a busy few days for Samsung smart home news. First up, the long awaited Bixby smart speaker hit officialdom and now the Korean company has announced it is jumping into the meshy business of whole home Wi-Fi.
It has launched its new SmartThings Wifi mesh network system, in collaboration with networking specialist Plume - and it's claiming that the system is powered by AI tech, to boot.
Like traditional home mesh systems, Sammy's effort uses a bunch of nodes to create bigger and better Wi-Fi coverage in your house; although the AI aspect is pretty unique. Samsung says that the system adapts to internet usage by intelligently allocating bandwidth, while mitigating interference, accounting for every connected device and selecting the optimal band and frequency channel to get you the fastest speed possible.
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The new Samsung SmartThings Wifi unit also doubles up as a smart home controller, with a built in hub, as well as being a Wi-Fi router. Its also no longer reliant on an Ethernet connection for internet connectivity.
You can get the SmartThings Wifi on its own for $119.99 but, to take advantage of the new mesh features you'll need to invest in a three-pack for $279.99. Each node has a range of around 1,500 square feet, so the trio is good for around 4,500 square feet. You can add as many SmartThings Wifi modules to your setup as you wish, such is the beauty of mesh technology.
Network nerds (I include myself in this group) will be pleased (I am) to hear there's 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi on board, with 2Ã2 MU-MIMO, for AC1300 connections. There's also Bluetooth 4.1, Zigbee and Z-Wave all firing too - so you'll struggle to find a smart home sensor it won't talk to.
Speaking of sensors and Samsung has also refreshed its SmartThings Water Leak Sensor, Motion Sensor, Multipurpose Sensor and Smart Outlet - and there's a new SmartThings Button too, making it easy to trigger routines, settings and the like. The SmartThings hub is also sporting a refreshed design as part of the big update.
All of this new SmartThings kit is available now direct from Samsung. The new SmartThings Hub is $69.99, sensors range from $19.99 to $24.99, the Button is $14.99 and the new Smart Outlet ($34.99). As mentioned, it's $119.99 for a solo Wifi unit, $279.99 for a three-pack.