Samsung SmartThings Wifi: The Best Mesh WiFi for Your Smart Home!

Samsung SmartThings Wifi: The Best Mesh WiFi for Your Smart Home!


– I’m Andru Edwards and
you’re watching Gear Live. On the heels of the big
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 launch just a few days ago, Samsung’s got another new hardware announcement today which looks to make
managing both your wifi and your smart home devices even easier. This is Samsung’s SmartThings Wifi system, and today, I’m gonna
tell you all about it. What is going on, Tech Squad? Andru Edwards here, editor
in chief at GearLive.com. If this is your first time here, this channel’s all about tech, gadgets, and gaming, so if you’re
into that kind of stuff, feel free to hit the
Subscribe button down below along with the bell notification icon so you don’t miss any future videos. As I mentioned today, we
are talking about this. This is brand new, it is
the Samsung SmartThings Wifi mesh home router system. Samsung sponsored this video, and not only does this
likely improve upon the wifi and the router that you
currently have in your home, but this also acts as a
smart home hub as well. What you get inside the box are three of these Samsung routers, and the question that
probably comes to your mind right away is, why would I
need three routers in my home? I have one router, I get decent signal, sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad. Why would I need three
different routers in my home? Well, the problem with homes today is that they’re so many different shapes, so many different sizes,
on one end of the spectrum, you can live in a small apartment, and on the completely
opposite end of the spectrum, you may have a three or four story home, and both places need wifi, but one router is gonna
perform differently in a small apartment versus
a multi story dwelling. That’s where the SmartThings
Wifi system comes in. The reason that there are three units is because they act in
a mesh configuration. What that means is, you
plug one of these guys into your home Internet connection, probably connected to a modem, and the other two, you
spread throughout your home, so let’s just say you have a home where you have decent wifi,
but in one area of the house or maybe a couple areas of the house, it’s not as fast or just
doesn’t even exist at all. You take the other two
units, and you plug them in where the dead spots are, and
they’ll talk to each other, so in other words, if you
have one of these connected to your router on the first floor, you can plug the second
one in on the second floor and get just as good coverage up there as you would on the first floor. And then you can take the third one and put it in the far corner of the house where your signal is super weak, or maybe near your backyard where you might want
to have signal as well, and all three of these routers will talk to each other wirelessly,
spreading out your signal throughout your entire living space. Now, one of the main advantages here, and one of the things
I am most excited about is the integration of Plume’s wifi software. Now, if you haven’t heard of Plume, about a year and a half ago
or so, Plume released its own mesh wifi system, which consisted of these really small pods that would plug directly into an outlet. Since the pods were so small,
you needed a bunch of them to kind of blanket your home in good wifi. Actually, one pod per room
where you wanted to access wifi. And one thing I said to
myself back then was, I wish there was a wifi system that had better hardware,
but used Plume’s software. And guess what, that’s
exactly what Samsung made with SmartThings Wifi, these are powered by Plume’s mesh wifi software, and if you’re unaware, let
me tell you why that matters. If you’ve been paying attention
to a bunch of tech lately, you’ve probably heard the term
AI, Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, that’s
actually what Plume does and uses to optimize your wifi network. Once you get things out
of the box and set up, the mesh wifi system will optimize and give you good
connectivity across your home within 30 minutes, so right off the bat, you’re getting optimization
out of the box. But then the next day, even
more optimization occurs. Within 24 hours of usage,
the system will re-optimize to improve network speeds as it learns the network environment and how you’ve been using
it on the first day. So in other words, since you have these
spread across your home, it knows if one of them is handling a lot of video streaming, and if another one’s handling just some pretty lightweight work, and maybe the third one has a bunch of your smart devices on it, et cetera. It starts to learn and
know what’s happening and how things are being used, so that it can optimize and
make sure things are fast and speedy for you, but
then, over the next few weeks and continuously thereafter, optimizations continue to take place. The mesh system learns to
allocate bandwidth capacity to the rooms and devices
that need it most, and it’ll keep doing this going forward. So that’s Plume’s artificial
intelligence wifi optimization. There’s another cool feature
that Plume enables, though, that I really like,
which they call HomePass. With HomePass, you can give guests access to your wifi network, but you don’t just have
to have your own network and then one guest network. You can actually give different
guests different passwords to your wifi and you can give
each one a specific profile that you control that lets them access and not access certain things. So for example, maybe you
have a babysitter coming by, you want to give them access to your wifi, but don’t want to give them access to any of your smart devices, and you want to make sure
that their wifi access ends at, let’s just say, 10 p.m., when they’re scheduled to
leave, you can do that. Separately, you can give
your kids a wifi password that allows them on the
network, allows them to access, let’s just say, their smart speakers, but doesn’t allow them to
access your smart cameras or smart door lock, and also makes sure that their wifi access gets shut off each night at 9:00 p.m.
and doesn’t get re-enabled until the next morning at 10:00 a.m. HomePass gives you more control of who gets onto your wifi network and what they can do once they’re on it, and the best part is, if you
want to revoke someone’s access to your network, you don’t have to go in and change the password for everybody, you don’t have to change the network name, you just go in and
delete that specific user from being able to access your router. With the older Samsung Connect Home, you could connect up to five
of these guys on one network, which would give you about
7500 square feet of coverage, which should be plenty for
almost anyone, you’d think, but with the new SmartThings Wifi, you can actually connect up to 32 of these in one system, giving you a ridiculous 48,000 square feet of wifi coverage. On the back, you’ll find the reset button, a power input, and two ethernet ports. You can plug wired devices
into the ethernet ports for a more solid connection, or plug these directly
into your home network if your home or business is wired. That allows you to take
advantage of even faster speeds with ethernet backhaul, eliminating data from needing to hop
between nodes wirelessly. Now, as amazing as it sounds to greatly increase the
footprint of your wifi signal, as I mentioned, these also act as hubs to control your smart home devices. That’s right, this also
acts as a smart home hub, connecting all your
Samsung, and third party, smart home devices to your wifi network, and aside from wifi controllable devices, it also supports controlling ZigBee and Z-Wave smart home devices as well. This allows you to control a variety of smart home appliances
and devices remotely. This includes security
systems, smart locks, kitchen appliances, TVs,
speakers, lights, and more, using the Samsung SmartThings
app on Android or IOS. So what that means is that, rather than having to jump
between different apps to control different smart
home devices inside your home, you can use Samsung’s SmartThings app to control all of your smart home devices. I found compatibility to be
pretty wide and extensive, as SmartThings works
with devices from brands like LIFX, ecobee, Lutron,
Honeywell, Yale, Philips Hue, Ring, Google, and many more. If you’re interested and want to pick up the Samsung SmartThings Wifi, you can pick up the three
pack which I have here. This runs for $279.99, or if
you’d rather buy a single unit, you can pick up single units for $119.99. There you have it guys, that was your look at the brand new Samsung
SmartThings Wifi home mesh router. Let me know what you think
in the comments below. Is this something you would
be interested in setting up, interested in using, et cetera? I’ll meet you down there
for further discussion. If you enjoyed this one,
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41 Replies to “Samsung SmartThings Wifi: The Best Mesh WiFi for Your Smart Home!”

  1. I like it… The Plume is pretty legit. I'll consider this next time I upgrade. πŸ‘ Awesome video as usual.

  2. A couple of these reviews popped up today – is this the Dyson situation again ? All the features described, no tests done – this is an infomercial. Where is the disclaimer at the start of the video? This is dishonest. Unsubscribed (and you should too).

  3. I’ve used a device similar to this and it worked great sometimes and horrible other times making me unplug it. Will this work nice and fast all the time or plagued with poor performance sometimes?

  4. Hey can more than 3 of the routers be added to the network..πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

  5. Very cool. A little pricey if you already have a SmartThings hub…..but still very useful! BTW: Excited to meet you in Dallas!

  6. I ended up with the linksys velop. Had some issues at first but now after several updates it's rock solid and I never have to touch it. This looks interesting though.

  7. What is the AC rating on these? Having a tough time finding that info. Right now in running Asus ac68P (x2) via aimesh. They are rated ac1900. Would love for these to be similar in speed

  8. These things are great, but my concerns….
    01. This solely depends on an active Internet connection so if it goes down, your hub and electronics (door lock, door bell, fridge, etc) will all be unusable which could lead to bad situations like a break in for example.

    2. You connect all of these 'smart' devices to your home's network. What happens if someone hacks into your router and gets control of all of these devices?

    It's why personally I think that it is best to keep things not connected and within its own network and not connected online. Like for home security cameras, I think it might be more beneficial and more reliable to have a closed circuit type of set up where it's not dependent on your home's Internet where it can be hacked or if the Internet is down, it would also mean your home security is shut down as well.

  9. Debating whether or not I should even bother with getting two ASUS router for their AImesh (Spending the same amount)

  10. Quick question, I have Comcast and supposedly get up to 150mb's with my plan. Really haven't notice (dead spots) but there are portions of the house where the signal isn't as strong. 2 wireless Printers, 4 tablets, 5 mobile phones, and 1 laptop. You think this will really help??

  11. Good video.
    I just purchased 4 Samsung connect home pros($60 new on Amazon) they are AC2300 I believe. What are these new ones. The Samsung site does not have specs yet. Do you think there's a need for me to upgrade.

  12. This vs NETGEAR Orbi Home Mesh vs Linksys Velop AC2200 vs Google Wifi ??? Not interested in smart things. Just want good Wifi Coverage and speed.
    Please help

  13. And just to clarify, did you say that you can use the Samsung smarthings wifi system with your current wifi router?

  14. I'm totally interested, 3 stories plus a two bedroom in the back… Wifi is a bastard of setup, you got your drop outs, deadzones or low connectivity in some areas even doa there are 3 wired routers and two switches/ehubs … It's just a nightmare

  15. Can I plug all 3 directly to ethernet, and is there an advantage?
    Will connecting it that way disturb the mesh Network?

  16. It's funny like the professional reviews all say it's decent but the app really hurts the performance. Wired speeds are terrible to.

  17. Interested in how this performs as a Wi-Fi mesh vs the 2nd gen eero pro. The eero software doesn't report data usage. With the likes for Comcast enforcing data caps, the user needs to know how much data their devices are consuming in order to manage their usage. Therefore, while my eero pro works great, this lack is cause for looking elsewhere. One hardware thing I'm concerned with is the backhaul communication. The eero pro is tri-band. What is the SmartThings Wi-Fi mesh?

  18. @andru Edwards – does plume / SmartThings Wifi have parental controls? Ie, could I apply a filter to my kids Wi-Fi to prevent them from accessing adult sites ?

  19. Thanks for the video. It was very informative. I have been looking for a WiFi mesh system for quite some time and this one seems to have the features I’m interested in. I am concerned that there are not a great deal of reviews on it yet but i might the bite the bullet anyways.

  20. Always had a problem with getting a wifi signal outside around the pool. Just outside my back door is a electric plug, could I plug in a hub there?

  21. What's ur pick between Samsung Smartthings mesh or TPLink M9 Plus? I can't decide. I like the Plume on Samsung but I also like the Tri-band on the TPLINK

  22. I currently have a a modem/router combo can I connect this to it without they interfering with each other?

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