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Smarter Wi-Fi, Smarter Home: Samsung Announces New SmartThings Mesh Wi-Fi System

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Intelligent Wi-Fi system offers AI-based network optimization with a
built-in SmartThings Hub; SmartThings Hub and sensors refreshed with
sleek design and improved performance

In an effort to eliminate the dreaded Wi-Fi buffering zone and prevent
streaming latency, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today announced its
new SmartThings
Wifi mesh network system
. Equipped with AI-based mesh Wi-Fi
technology from Plume
and a built-in SmartThings
Hub, the system delivers an intelligently optimized whole home network
with the added value of complete smart home control throughout every
room of the home.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here:
https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180813005278/en/

Reliable and secure Wi-Fi is a fundamental need for consumers today, and
internet use is no longer limited to the home office or location where
the router is based. As more connected technologies enter the home,
there is a greater need for a stable network that can efficiently
support these devices. The SmartThings Wifi system not only delivers
this stability, but also delivers fast and consistent coverage that
covers the whole home.

"As more people embrace a connected lifestyle, we're focused on creating
the best experiences so they can get more out of their smart home," said
SK Kim, Senior Director, IoT Product Marketing at Samsung Electronics
America. "SmartThings Wifi is an intelligent solution that adapts to the
many devices in the home, with mesh capability to eliminate coverage
gaps plus a built-in SmartThings Hub to easily monitor and control
hundreds of compatible smart products."

Samsung partnered with Plume to integrate its AI-based mesh Wi-Fi
optimization into SmartThings Wifi. The Plume platform adapts to
internet usage in the home and intelligently allocates bandwidth,
mitigates interference, and delivers maximum Wi-Fi capacity across the
home, accounting for every connected device and selecting the optimal
band and frequency channel so users can get the fastest speed possible.
Plume's technology can optimize a home network across multiple devices
so parents working from laptops can download files while kids stream TV,
and gamers experience speed and reliability even when others are on the
network. Now, Wi-Fi goes where the need is instead of the other way
around. Users can also set parental controls to manage screen time and
set-up special logins and passwords for guests using the Plume HomePass®
feature.

"Integrating our adaptive home Wi-Fi technology and a rich set of
consumer features into SmartThings' large, open ecosystem truly elevates
the smart home experience," said Fahri Diner, co-founder and CEO, Plume.
"Samsung gives you myriad devices to consume content and connect, and
Plume ensures that your Wi-Fi network delivers a superior user
experience to all of those devices."

SmartThings Wifi works as a SmartThings Hub to serve as the "brain" of
the smart home. Samsung's open SmartThings ecosystem makes it easy to
automate and manage the smart home with one hub and the SmartThings app.
Compatible with hundreds of third-party devices and services,
SmartThings enables users to expand their smart home with lights, door
locks, cameras, voice assistants, thermostats and more. SmartThings Wifi
delivers a simple, convenient 2-in-1 solution, offering whole-home
automation out of the box.

For corner to corner coverage, users can choose the right Wi-Fi
configuration to fit their needs, from a home with multiple levels to a
small apartment. Each SmartThings Wifi router has a range of 1,500
square feet, with the 3-pack covering 4,500 square feet, and users can
expand coverage by adding additional mesh routers to the set-up. It is
easily set-up and managed by the Android and iOS compatible SmartThings
app.

The SmartThings Wifi 3-pack retails for $279.99 and the single device
retails for $119.99. It is available starting today on Samsung.com and
at retailers nationwide.

Samsung Introduces New and Improved SmartThings Hub, Sensors and
Outlet

In addition to SmartThings Wifi, Samsung is upgrading the performance
and connectivity of its SmartThings Hub, Water Leak Sensor, Motion
Sensor, Multipurpose Sensor and Smart Outlet to give consumers more
choice in their smart home set up. The new, more compact SmartThings Hub
has been upgraded with the latest Zigbee, Z-wave, and Bluetooth 4.1
connectivity protocols. Now, the Hub can wirelessly connect to a Wi-Fi
network, no longer needing a dedicated Ethernet cable, so users have the
flexibility to place it anywhere in their home.

The SmartThings Motion Sensor is additionally redesigned with a magnetic
ball mount, so consumers can adjust the tilt angle for a wider view
range to detect motion and trigger automated events. Samsung is also
introducing the new SmartThings Button with programmable triggers that
manually control routines around the home - like setting Movie Mode -
without having to go into the SmartThings app. The SmartThings Button,
like the rest of the SmartThings sensor line, monitors temperature in an
area of the home, such as basement or baby's room, and signals the smart
thermostat to adjust automatically.

The new SmartThings Hub ($69.99), sensors ($19.99 - $24.99), Button
($14.99) and Smart Outlet ($34.99) are now available on Samsung.com and
at retailers nationwide.

For more information about Samsung Smart Home, visit www.samsung.com/us/smart-home.

SmartThings Wifi Product Specs

GENERAL INFO      
SKU     3-Pack (ET-WV525KWEGUS), $279.99
1-Pack (ET-WV525BWEGUS),
$119.99
Weight per node (lb)     0.46
Size per node (D x W x H; in.)     4.72 x 4.72 x 1.16
TECH SPECS      
Processor     Qualcomm (Quad 710MHz)
Memory     512 MB (RAM) + 8GB (Flash)
Wi-Fi Standards     2 x 2 MU-MIMO
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac - Wave2
Speed     AC1300 (866 Mbps @ 5GHz, 400Mbps @2.4GHz)
Antennae     7EA (5GHz: 2EA, 2.4GHz: 2EA, BT: 1EA, Z-Wave: 1EA, ZigBee: 1EA)
Connectivity     Bluetooth 4.1, ZigBee, Z-Wave
Ports     RJ45 x 2, Power x 1
Operating Temp     -0 ~ 40℃
Power Source     AC100-240V, 50~60 HZ
Requirements     Android OS 5.0 or higher, iOS 10 or higher
Certifications     FCC, UL
 

About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.

Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, N.J., Samsung Electronics America,
Inc. (SEA), is a recognized innovative leader in consumer electronics,
mobile devices and enterprise solutions. A wholly owned subsidiary of
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., SEA is pushing beyond the limits of
today's technology and providing consumers and organizations with a
portfolio of groundbreaking products in appliances, home entertainment,
Internet of Things, mobile computing, smartphones, virtual reality,
wireless infrastructure and wearables, in addition to offering leading
content and services related to mobile payments, 360-degree VR video,
customer support and more. Samsung is a pioneering leader in smartphones
and HDTVs in the U.S. and one of America's fastest growing home
appliance brands. To discover more about Samsung, please visit www.samsung.com.
For the latest Samsung news, please visit news.samsung.com/us
and follow us @SamsungNewsUS.

About SmartThings:

SmartThings is the easiest way to turn a home into a smart home, making
it simple to connect and control your devices from anywhere. As the
industry leader for consumer IoT technology, SmartThings' open platform
brings together devices, developers, and services to offer one of the
largest ecosystems of integrated devices, connecting over 10 million
products in over 1 million homes for limitless possibilities. Founded in
2012, SmartThings is headquartered in Mountain View, CA and operates
independently as a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics. For
more information, visit www.smartthings.com.
There's potential in your everyday things.

About Plume®

Plume is the pioneer of Adaptive WiFi™, the world's first
self-optimizing Wi-Fi delivering reliable and consistent Internet
experience to every corner of the home, and the original designer and
inventor of Wi-Fi Pods™ and SuperPods™. Plume is driven by the Plume
Cloud, a powerful cloud-based control plane, enabling the most advanced,
resilient home Wi-Fi solution due to its ability to dynamically adapt
and respond to changing network loads and interference. The Plume Middle
Layer (PML) can be integrated into third party hardware for connection
to the Plume Cloud. Plume's cognitive service curation platform enables
a rich set of modern consumer services for the home which can run on
third party hardware platforms and be deployed at massive scale. Visit www.plume.com
and www.platform.plume.com.

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