Samsung launches its Connect Home Wi-Fi mesh networking system and smart home hub in Singapore
Mesh networking systems are all the rage now and Samsung has just thrown its hat into the ring with its new Connect Home Wi-Fi mesh networking system.
Actually, to call it a Wi-Fi mesh networking would be a misnomer as it also combines the functionality of a smart home hub.
First and foremost, the Samsung Connect Home comes in two flavors: the Connect Home and the Connect Home Pro. The latter supports higher Wi-Fi speeds.
Both units look identical and have a compact and minimalist design so that it can easily blend into homes.
The Connect Home features a 710MHz quad-core processor and supports a maximum data transfer rate of up to 1300Mbps. 867Mbps on its 5GHz network and 400Mbps on its 2.4GHz network.
The Connect Home Pro, on the other hand, features a faster 1.7GHz dual-core processor and supports a maximum data transfer rate of up to 2,600Mbps. 1,733Mbps on its 5GHz network and 800Mbps on its 2.4GHz network.
According to Samsung a single unit of the Connect Home and Connect Home Pro can blanket an area of up to 1,500 square feet in Wi-Fi, which should be sufficient for most homes (provided it is positioned in a central location).
In addition, both the Connect Home and Connect Home Pro supports Bluetooth 4.1, Z-Wave, and Zigbee, allowing it to communicate and manage other smart home and Internet of Things devices such as smart door locks, smart motion sensors, and more.
This means the Connect Home and Connect Home Pro can connect to and manage other Samsung smart home appliances, such as the recent Samsung Powerbot Star Wars Special Edition VR7000 robot vacuum cleaner, as well as any other smart device as along as the device supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Z-Wave, or Zigbee.
Smart home devices and appliances can be setup and controlled using the Samsung Smart Connect app, which is available as free download for Android and iOS devices.
The Smart Connect app also supports Bixby, Samsung's personal voice assistant, so you can control your home with verbal commands.
The Samsung Connect Home and Connect Home Pro will be available from 23 November onwards and will be priced at S$198 and S$298 respectively.
Samsung is also partnering exclusive with Singtel, so Singtel fiber customers can choose to purchase a set of two Connect Home for $12 a month for 24 months. Or, for $38 a month, they can get a pair of Connect Home routers and a smart grill/door lock for keyless entry into their homes. After 24 months, the Samsung Connect Home units are the user's to keep.
Alongside the Connect Home, Samsung also has a range of SmartThings sensors that will work well with Connect Home and Connect Home Pro.
|Samsung SmartThings Arrival Sensor||S$38|
|Samsung SmartThings Multi-Purpose Sensor||S$68|
|Samsung SmartThings Motion Sensor||S$68|
|Samsung SmartThings Water-Leak Sensor||S$68|
|Samsung SmartThings Outlet Sensor||S$88|