We live complex times when it comes to the connectivity of our routers. A time when the demand for data is increasingly high, both in terms of the number of devices we have connected at home and the existing data traffic. And today we connect to the network our mobile, laptop or PC, but also other devices such as Smart TV, a Smart TV Box, video game console or even products not as usual as the fridge or microwave.
On the other hand, more and more homes have modern fiber connections, which allow to reach much higher speeds than we had with our old ADSL routers. Thus, it is obvious that the router must also improve to offer this maximum performance when serving data to all devices and at maximum speed.
In this context, we are fortunate that the manufacturers of these devices are catching up and increasingly incorporating more advanced technologies. Something that allows that massive high-speed data traffic to move efficiently and all connected devices work correctly. A section in which we already had routers with Mesh technology and some traffic control, although in this case we talk about a technology that is surely left in the bin with the arrival of real artificial intelligence. An aspect in which Samsung has already taken the first step, as we will see later.
Mesh and traffic management
However, before analyzing this product, we want to see a little where we are today. At present, we have routers with Mesh technology, which generate a coverage mesh with which to obtain a more adequate coverage in all points of our home, avoiding with them the dead zones that can be so annoying when connecting them.
Many of the devices that feature this mesh technology also include a data traffic manager. This manager has the mission of modifying that data traffic to the different devices, so that more bandwidth is granted to those devices that, under normal conditions, will have a greater demand. At the same time, those widths are removed to those who do not use that bandwidth for their use or to those who are not using data at the moment. It is a smart way to manage the network, although it is still quite “green” to put it that way.
Something that is probably resolved with products such as the new Samsung router that we analyze below. This router is within the Samsung SmartThings line, the brand’s commitment to home automation and complete automation of our home. Therefore, it is a product that is already designed to properly manage that so-called “internet of things”, in which all products or appliances will be centrally controlled.
This router has ample data processing power, so it is suitable for operation with large amounts of traffic without complications. In addition, it has the Mesh technology that we have mentioned before, so that we can use one or several routers installed throughout our home, thus facilitating the creation of a complete mesh in our home to cover with the WiFi network everything that is necessary. An ideal solution for homes or offices with several floors or with considerable dimensions.
The other interesting aspect of this router is the artificial intelligence capability it has, which leaves behind the previous network managers that we had been acquainted with in the previous products. A fundamental aspect to squeeze this new internet of things. In its operation, the router recognizes each device and estimates the network performance or capacity it will use under conventional conditions, adjusting the traffic according to that demand.
An application in which the new Plume system, incorporated into this router, is the key. We talk about a manager that does not stay in the initial configuration that we do when connecting the different devices, but over time has the ability to learn the use that we are running of the network and those devices, being able to determine the configuration optimal in every moment. Thus, the product detects what time we browse, when we see content on the Smart TV or when we perform any other function that moves data, thus creating that personal profile that gives us maximum performance.
Configuration and installation
As you will be imagining, the process of configuration and installation of the device is quite simple. So much so that it is practically automatic, in terms of the configuration of the different parameters of the network and its behavior once the router is installed.
However, this previous installation process is also simple, since it is enough to connect the device to the network to start using it. A work in which we also have the help of the app offered by Samsung, available for both iOS and Android. An app with which it is easy to add devices to the network, manage the options of the network and squeeze the maximum performance of the equipment, while achieving better security during use. All this without forgetting the remote control functions that the app opens for those teams that have this functionality.
Price and availability
We close this analysis with the two aspects that will interest you most if you want to get one of these teams. The first is its price, which some media estimate about 70 to 80 dollars. Something cheaper than Google Home, to name an example. As for its availability, at the time of closing this article, the product is still not available in the market, although it should not take long to arrive.