Kickstarter’s Almond + Wifi Router Takes It Up A Notch

  • Control home automation
  • ZigBee and Z-Wave support
  • Could be used with an iOS or Android app

Home Internet access has taken a turn for the nerdy with Taiwanese company Securifi’s latest touchscreen Wifi router, the Almond +.

  • Control home automation
  • ZigBee and Z-Wave support
  • Could be used with an iOS or Android app

Home Internet access has taken a turn for the nerdy with Taiwanese company Securifi’s latest touchscreen Wifi router, the Almond +. The device has been extended to control home automation devices and now has ZigBee and Z-Wave support to work with a wide range of devices and sensors.

Accessing the Internet at home has evolved significantly through the years. Today Wifi units enable users to be tapped into the network without being tied to their desks. And with demand increasing for remote access, a Wifi unit that does just that plus home automation is something worth looking at.

With the appropriate home automation controllers and sensors, the Almond+ could be used with an iOS or Android app for tasks such as remote control of heating, cooling or lighting; or sensing when a door or window has been opened.

The specifications include a 2.8-inch touchscreen, 128MB of RAM, gigabit ethernet, a 5000-foot range, USB connectivity for storage or printer sharing and the ability to wall mount.

Securifi estimates that the US$99 Almond+ can take the place of a Wi-Fi router, Zigbee hub, Z-Wave hub and a touchscreen controller that would together cost around US$500. Securifi already has one Almond wireless touchscreen router under its belt, currently sold at Amazon. We'll see more of the Almond + sequel as the 802.11ac wireless router and a smarthome hub reached its Kickstarter campaign goal of US $250,000 on Feb 3.

Significantly, Z-Wave operates on three different bands in different parts of the world. According to the company, Almond+ received significant interest from backers in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong who wanted a special version of it that is compatible with their local frequency band for Z-Wave (919.82/921.42MHz).

On this, Securifi has created a special pledge to produce the Australian / New Zealand / Hong Kong version if there are at least 500 backers behind such a pledge. As of this release, this pledge already has 157 backers.

"Many smarthome hub manufacturers typically ignore customers in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong," said Securifi officials. "Securifi hopes to change this so customers from Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong can enjoy the same choices that our customers in US and Europe currently have."

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