Samsung Launches Intelligent Wi-Fi Mesh Routers

Posted on August 13, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Hardware with 8 Comments

Samsung is launching a new Wi-Fi mesh router today. Mesh routers, for those unfamiliar, allows you to make sure internet coverage reaches all the corners of your house. These things are especially helpful when you have a big house, or when some parts of your house are getting slower internet speeds than the others closer to your primary router.

Samsung’s Wi-Fi Mesh Router is exactly like that, except it has a couple of differentiating points. First, it acts as a SmartThings hub, letting you configure the router itself from the SmartThings app, while also being able to control all your SmartThings-supported smart home devices from the app. And second, the company has teamed up with Plume Design to integrate some intelligence into the routers.

This way, the routers will be able to intelligently allocate bandwidth to all the different devices connected. So for example, if you are uploading a ton of files to OneDrive while someone in your house is watching Netflix, the routers will intelligently be able to allocate maximum bandwidth to your OneDrive upload while making sure the Netflix stream remains unaffected. It’s a really neat idea, though it probably isn’t a completely reliable system. After all, this is all powered by artificial intelligence, and the system learns to adapt to your usage over time.

Samsung’s SmartThings Wi-Fi Mesh Router will be available for $119 each, and the company is also offering a three-unit pack for $279.

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10 responses to “Samsung Launches Intelligent Wi-Fi Mesh Routers”

  1. MixedFarmer75

    I had the previous version, Samsung Connect. Had nothing but trouble. Turns out it is cloud managed and because I have a super slow upload speed it was always crapping out. The functionality was great, but I switched to Netgear's Orbi. Things are smoother now.

  2. gregsedwards

    I've been thinking about getting a mesh Wi-Fi setup, but honestly, my current setup has been working great for me. I have a pair of bridged Linksys AC1900 routers at opposite ends of my house connected to each other via Ethernet, and they provide excellent coverage throughout. I have a couple of gigabit switches to provide wired access where I have large clusters of stationary devices (living room, bonus room, basement), and I almost never have to maintain or think about any of it. I suppose I may be missing out on a lot of the more sophisticated stuff these newer mesh routers can do, and sure it would be nice to have a SmartThings hub integrated into the setup, but out-of-sight, out-of-mind, I guess...

  3. Grant

    2 x Q's - i) is this product "genuine mesh routing" and ii) any comparisons between Netgear Orbi? I changed to Orbi and it has been really good "as advertised" but, this price point is interesting.

  4. harmjr

    What would be cool is if they combined into this device, Bixby (ugg), and wireless charging. Then you would setup the devices in several typical locations around your house.

  5. summersk59

    I've been using Google WiFi (3 pods) for the past 15 months, not a single issue. download and stream media content, have three Nest cams running 24/7 on high res, zero issues. Google updates automatically without issue, they just work. I've installed sets in three different family members homes as I was getting tired if dealing with all their network and WiFi issues and driving across town to resolve them. If Samsung can match or exceed Google's product, then hats off to Samsung.

  6. PanamaVet

    I purchased a TP-Link 3 unit mesh system April 15th. Each unit is identical serving as a router or access point, 4 core CPU, 2 antennas and 2 gigabit ports. Setup via android or IOS smartphone app.


    I looked today and the 3 unit system on Amazon is $200 USD with prime shipping. The 3 unit system comes with Trend Micro antivirus, 3 year subscription, running on the router with options to enable/disable Malicious Content Filter, Intrusion Prevention System and Infected Device Quarantine. I set granular parental controls at the router level for the devices my granddaughter uses. No going to Playboy.com, facebook, etc. and it supports time constraint.


    I get new device connection notifications and reports on activity along with antivirus actions.


    My house is shaped like an L and I get fast, seamless single SSID HD video performance throughout the home.


    Just now I received a firmware update notification which I will install from my phone. Added custom configuration options for LAN IP and DHCP server, added WPS function, added support for PPTP and L2TP internet connections, improved system performance. I will make sure WPS is turned off.


    I am going to stop there and say I am very pleased with it. We have a fiber-to-the-home connection via city government implementation, 60mbps synchronous package, and the menu driven router speed test reports 92mbps down, 59mbps up every time. I read today that the Deco has tested successfully with over 100 connections. DSLReports.com/speedtest gives A+ grades across the board.


    I was looking for a setup my nontechnical wife could work with and she is happy which means I am happy! No downtime whatsoever.

  7. andrewkhinkle

    Mesh Router are really Innovative. Many times, I face issues connecting to my WiFi Internet even though i am still inside the house. The Signal Strength also becomes weak as i move away from Router. I many time Changed my Router settings using 192.168.1.1 IP Address, but still problem is not solved. I hope Samsung Mesh Routers will solve the issues which are faced by many People like me!!

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