Samsung has announced a July 2nd release date for it’s Connect Home; its attempt to combine a router and a SmartThings hub. The device will be sold exclusively at Best Buy stores and on bestbuy.com, and will be available for pre-order on June 4th. Samsung will be offering the following configurations and pricing:
- For large homes up to 4,500 square feet, Samsung offers a three-pack solution for a suggested price of $379.99, which aligns with the $350 Netgear Orbi 2-pack, $395 Eero 3-pack, and $330 Plume six-pack (although prices will vary).
- Smaller homes up to 1,500 square feet can buy a single unit for $169.99.
- Samsung will also sell a single $249.99 Connect Home Pro for gamers and those that demand higher bandwidth. Pro models are not offered in bundles.
The Pro model features a 4×4 MU-MIMO antenna and a max speed of 1.7 Gbps, while the others come equipped with a 2×2 MU-MIMO antenna array and a slower processor for a max speed of 866 Mbps. Samsung says up to five Samsung Connect Home devices can be connected at once to cover 7,500 square feet of space. Interestingly enough, Samsung does not mention if the Pro model can be joined in the mesh configuration.
SmartThings is a fantastic home automation option for those who want the best range of device options and compatibility with the least amount of setup, and who are willing to overlook the cons of being reliant on “the cloud” for automation to work. It will be interesting to see if this helps home automation and the smart home market grow to even bigger.
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