SAMSUNG’S New SmartThings Wi-Fi system uses AI-based mesh Wi-Fi technology from Plume and is built around a hub with new protocols, including ZigBee and Z-Wave, as well as new sensors.

As well as controlling smart home devices via ZigBee, Z-Wave, IP and Bluetooth, the SmartThings hub also extends Wi-Fi signals around the house with Plume AI technology.

Plume says it uses Cloud-based artificial intelligence (AI) to provide stable and consistent Wi-Fi coverage and speed using tri-band SuperPods coupled with auto-channel hop technology. Plume Wi-Fi technology is claimed to learn an environment and optimize performance for a powerful, reliable home Wi-Fi experience, allocating more capacity to the devices that need it most.

Samsung SmartHub offers parental controls and configurable guest Wi-Fi access. The new system provides connected-device monitoring and performance tracking and there are no fees for Cloud-based Wi-Fi services.

In addition to launching SmartThings Wi-Fi, Samsung says it is upgrading the performance and connectivity of its SmartThings hub, water leak sensor, motion sensor, multipurpose sensor and smart outlet.

The hub has been upgraded with the latest Zigbee, Z-Wave, and Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity protocols and now can be connected via Wi-Fi, not restricted to hardwired Ethernet. The SmartThings motion sensor has been redesigned with a magnetic ball mount, so consumers can adjust the tilt angle for a wider view range.

Samsung is also introducing the new ZigBee-enabled SmartThings Button with programmable triggers that manually control routines around the home, avoiding the need to open an app. The SmartThings Button, like the rest of the SmartThings sensor line, monitors temperature in an area of the home, and can trigger a smart thermostat to adjust automatically.

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