Wireless routers do the heavy-lifting in most homes today. As we own more wireless tablets, printers, TV’s, phones, and toasters (soon enough, I figure), the pressure is on your home’s wireless router to serve up internet to those devices as fast as it can. The better the router, the more bandwidth there is to go around.
We’ve already talked about how to know when you need to buy a new wireless router, and tests to see if your wireless router is causing a bottleneck in your home network. But sometimes, you buy something just because it’s really, really cool.
Such is the case with Securifi’s Almond+ router. It’s what your home network
Derived from a rather successful Kickstarter project, the Almond+ router embodies many a geek’s hopes and dreams. A quick review of the key features of the Almond+:
This is the newest, fastest wireless standard for wireless routers. It’s ridiculously fast. The Almond+ router can do 1,170Mb/s in dual band style. If your home is using a fairly new wireless router, it’s likely that you get about 130-300Mb/s. What can you do with all that wireless throughput you ask? You could use it for, you know, or perhaps try to…I really don’t know.
Oh yeah! This sure sounds geeky!
Smarthome technology is right around the corner. As you might expect, a number of different technologies and companies are elbowing their way into this market (kind of like Blu-Ray and HD-DVD). The Almond+ router can be a smarthome hub for two of these emerging smarthome technologies: Zigbee and Z-Wave. With the Almond+, you’ll be able to connect and control lighting, thermostat, home security devices, flooding sensors, entertainment system, window shades, sprinklers, fireplace, and more from your Almond+ router or even a smart phone connected to the router.
The Almond+ will be equipped with a touchscreen to make setup and controlling your home network easy.
The Right Ports
The router will be outfitted with the zippy USB 3.0 and gigabit ports.
$99. That’s all. I’m not sure how that works. Any comparable wireless router offering would normally cost around $250 for this feature-set.
Almond+ Release Date, Price and Review
The release date for the Almond+ router should fall in early October based on indications from Securifi employees in their forums. Securifi’s website currently allows you to be notified when a limited pre-order batch is made available. You can absolutely count on a review of the Almond+ wireless router sometime this month as long as you all don’t scoop up all of the pre-order stock before I can get my hands on one!
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