The new system features AI-based mesh Wi-Fi optimization technology from adaptive home Wi-Fi provider Plume and a built-in SmartThings Hub. According to the company, it delivers an intelligently optimized whole home network with the added value of complete smart home control throughout every room of the home.
“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,” says SK Kim, Senior Director, IoT Product Marketing at Samsung Electronics America. “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.”
The system’s Plume technology 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, for example, parents working from laptops can download files while their kids stream TV, and gamers experience speed and reliability even when others are on the network.
Fahri Diner, co-founder and CEO, Plume says, “Integrating our adaptive home Wi-Fi technology and a rich set of consumer features into SmartThings’ large, open ecosystem truly elevates the smart home experience. Samsung gives you myriad devices to consume content and connect, and Plume ensures that your Wi-Fi network delivers a superior user experience to all of those devices.”
SmartThings Wifi works as a SmartThings Hub to serve as the “brain” of a smart home. The SmartThings ecosystem enables a smart home to be automated and managed with one hub and the Android and iOS-compatible SmartThings app. SmartThings is compatible with hundreds of third-party devices and services, enabling users to expand their smart home with lights, door locks, cameras, voice assistants, thermostats, and more.
Each SmartThings Wifi router has a range of 1,500 square feet, with the three-pack covering 4,500 square feet. Users can expand coverage by adding additional mesh routers to their set up.
In addition to SmartThings Wifi, Samsung has upgraded the performance and connectivity of its SmartThings Hub, Water Leak Sensor, Motion Sensor, Multipurpose Sensor, and Smart Outlet. The new, more compact SmartThings Hub has been upgraded with the latest ZigBee, Z-wave, and Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity protocols, and can wirelessly connect to a Wi-Fi network, no longer needing a dedicated Ethernet cable.
The SmartThings Motion Sensor has been redesigned with a magnetic ball mount, allowing users to adjust the tilt angle for a wider view range to detect motion and trigger automated events. A new SmartThings Button offers programmable triggers that manually control routines around the home without having to go into the SmartThings app, and, like the rest of the SmartThings sensor line, monitors temperature in an area of the home and signals the smart thermostat to adjust automatically.