Saturday, June 3, 2017

Samsung’s Connect Home Wi-Fi mesh router goes up for preorder tomorrow

Samsung had announced a mesh Wi-Fi router along with the Galaxy S8 and S8+ two months ago. The Connect Home is actually a combination of a Wi-Fi router and a SmartThings Hub. The company has now announced a release date and pricing for the device.

The Connect Home goes on preorder from BestBuy.com starting tomorrow. It will be sold in a variety of combinations. The company will sell a pack of three, enough for a large 4,500-square feet home, for $379.99. A single unit, which is enough for a 1,500-square feet home, is priced at $169.99. A mesh of five Connect Home units can cover an area of 7,500 square feet.

There’s also a Pro variant of the Connect Home router which features a 4×4 MU-MIMO antenna array and a maximum theoretical speed of 1.7Gbps. The non-Pro variant of the Connect Home feature a 2×2 MU-MIMO antenna array and a maximum speed of 866Mbps. It’s not clear whether standard and Pro variants can play nice with each other in the same network, though.

The Connect Home features Zigbee and Z-Wave to control compatible home automation and IoT products. All the configurations of the Wi-Fi router will be available for purchase starting July 2nd in the US through Best Buy stores and BestBuy.com.