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Samsung Connect Home Release Date, Price and Specs

Looking for something with the easy installation of a Google Wifi or Eero mesh router system, but with a SmartThings hub built in? You’ll be able to get one soon.

Samsung announced its first Wi-Fi system today, the Samsung Connect Home. This is a midtier (2×2 MU-MIMO 802.11ac) system that’s very similar to the Google Wifi, or the Eero for that matter. It includes up to three identical hardware units (it is also available with a single router), each of which is a compact wireless router with two network ports.

If you get a pack of three, one unit connects to your broadband modem and the rest of the units work as network extenders, making a seamless Wi-Fi network with a large coverage area. In similar products with this design, the goal has been to make it easier for the average consumer to cover an entire home with a strong wireless networking signal.

An all-in-one mobile app

Like other Wi-Fi systems, the Connect Home is connected to a mobile app you use to set up and manage your home network. Samsung says at launch the app, called Samsung Connect, is only available for the newly released Galaxy S8. Toward the end of the year it will be available on other Android devices and maybe even iOS devices, too.

Samsung has some big ambitions for this app, however. Apart from managing the Wi-Fi network it will also enable users to manage — including the setup process — Samsung-branded smart household devices, ranging from cameras to large appliances. The router also works as a hub for Samsung’s SmartThings home automation system, and the app will let you program and control SmartThings-compatible devices from third-party product makers.

Each Samsung Smart Connect home hardware unit is compact and has two network ports.

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The SmartThings twist

This unified approach has been a long time coming. Since Samsung acquired SmartThings in August 2014, this is the first time Samsung has united its own connected large appliances with SmartThings-compatible products in the same hub hardware and support application. This means you won’t need a separate SmartThings Hub anymore.

Samsung says the new Connect Home has built-in Zigbee and Z-Wave — popular light-weight wireless standards for home automation — and is compatible with hundreds of third-party smart home devices, such as Philips Hue Lights, Netgear Arlo Camera and Ring Video Doorbell.

If the device and the software work as expected, you will just need the Connect Home to control your entire home, and have Wi-Fi at every corner. It’s a win-win.

Samsung Connect Home and Connect Home Pro specs

Samsung Connect Home (single unit or pack of 3)

Samsung Connect Home Pro (single unit)

Wireless specs

Wi-Fi, Blutooth 4.1, ZigBee and Z-Wave

Wi-Fi, Blutooth 4.1, ZigBee and Z-Wave

Wi-Fi standard

802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wave 2

802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wave 2

Wi-Fi speeds

AC1300 (866 Mbps on 5GHz and 400 Mbps on 2.4GHz)

AC2600 (1,733 Mbps on 5GHz and 800 Mbps on 2.4GHz)


Up to 1,500 square feet (single device) or up to 4,500 square feet (pack of 3)

Up to 1,500 square feet


710MHz Quad Core

1.7GHz Dual Core


512MB of RAM, 4GB of flash

512MB of RAM, 4GB of flash


Apart from the 2×2 version of the Connect Home, Samsung will also have a Pro version that’s only available in a single unit for those living in a small home. The Connect Home Pro has the same physical size as a Connect Home unit but supports the top-tier Wi-Fi specs (4×4 MU-MIMO 802.11ac). It’s slated to be much faster though and has the same Wi-Fi coverage as a single unit of the Connect Home.

As of now, Samsung is tight-lipped about the availability and pricing of its new mesh systems. But it’s likely that they will be available by the second half of 2017.

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