Samsung launches new SmartThings Wifi mesh system. Will it be better than what competitors offer?
Uses AI to adapt to Wi-Fi usage of each device in your home
Includes Samsung’s SmartThings Hub technology
Pricing in line with competitors, but give it a week or two to see incentives
Samsung has announced a new mesh Wi-Fi system that sounds like it could give existing mesh systems a run for their money.
The key to winning?
Samsung has partnered with Plume in order to add a layer of artificial intelligence to its mesh Wi-Fi. What does that actually mean?
“The Plume platform adapts to internet usage in the home and intelligently allocates bandwidth, mitigates interference, and delivers maximum Wi-Fi capacity across the home, accounting for every connected device and selecting the optimal band and frequency channel so users can get the fastest speed possible. Plume’s technology can optimize a home network across multiple devices so parents working from laptops can download files while kids stream TV, and gamers experience speed and reliability even when others are on the network.”
That could be a challenge to competing mesh Wi-Fi technology. I have Google Wifi installed at my home and it does an excellent job of blanketing my home from top to bottom in a good Wi-Fi signal. However, it doesn’t do much to tweak the mesh to provide better coverage, frequency, or speed based on each device and its location.
Another thing to like about Samsung Wifi is that it includes the SmartThings Hub technology. This basically eliminates the need for a separate hub to connect to smart devices that insist on using ZigBee, Z-Wave, Cloud-to-Cloud, LAN, or ZigBee3 protocols instead of just directly connecting to an Echo or Google Home.
The SmartThings Wifi 3-pack retails for $279.99 and the single device retails for $119.99. It is available starting today on Samsung.com and at retailers nationwide. But, give it a week or two and you’ll probably see a nice discount, once early adopters have jumped on it at the full retail price. 😉