The Symfonisk remote control now has an official product page showing a price of €14.99. First spotted on the French Ikea website by Tweakers, the remote is designed to control Ikea’s Sonos-compatible Symfonisk speakers and will begin shipping in the UK and beyond on October 1st, according to the reliable Dutch tech site. It’s not yet clear when it’ll be available in the US. The small controller works like this: Push it down once to pause, again to play; push two or three times to skip tracks forward and back; or rotate the dial to the left or right to decrease or increase the volume. It works on a table or wall thanks to an included magnetic mount. It’s available in white or black and requires the same $30 Ikea Trådfri gateway that links together Ikea’s inexpensive smart home products like blind controllers, lights, sockets, sensors, dimmers, and switches. The Symfonisk remote control is just the latest gadget from Ikea, with many more expected … [Read more...] about Ikea demonstrates its €15 Sonos remote control, launching soon
How much do you love Wi-Fi? Enough to spend $699.99 on a new high-performance Orbi mesh network? The setup is so mind-blowingly sophisticated that Netgear has dubbed it the Orbi WiFi 6 System AX6000 (RBK852), calling it the “ultimate whole home wireless network” for multi-gigabit dwellings. The Orbi tri-band WiFi 6 router boasts four times the network capacity of Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) solutions. It does this by maintaining the 4x4 wireless backhaul of the previous generation Orbi router, but bumps it to Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) for a theoretical link of 2.4 Gbps compared to 1.73 Gbps on the older Orbi RBK50. The system was first teased at CES in January. On the practical side, the package includes one RBR850 Wi-Fi router and one RBS850 satellite to cover six or more rooms with “fast Wi-Fi” in a 5,000-square-foot home, according to Netgear. You get 8 gigabit Ethernet LAN ports in total (four each on the router and satellite) and a 2.5Gbps WAN port for anyone lucky enough … [Read more...] about Netgear’s fast new Orbi Wi-Fi 6 Mesh system costs $699.99
Samsung has quietly confirmed it will soon launch a new and smaller smart speaker, the Galaxy Home Mini, to take on the Google Home Mini and Amazon Echo Dot. The manufacturer has invited Galaxy smartphone users in its home country of South Korea to sign up for beta-testing of the forthcoming device. Through September 1, Samsung Galaxy smartphone owners in South Korea will be able to apply for the beta program. Samsung will send selected candidates the new speaker, who will provide feedback before the public launch. We’re not sure whether Samsung will expand the beta program to Galaxy owners in other countries. The company hasn’t shared a whole lot of details just yet, but it says the Galaxy Home Mini will be compatible with the company’s own smart home platform, called SmartThings. The speaker, of course, will be powered by Samsung’s homegrown digital assistant, Bixby, and allow users to operate appliances with their voice. Another tidbit we know right now is … [Read more...] about Samsung confirms a Galaxy Home Mini smart speaker is coming
Best answer: A smart home needs a fast and reliable internet connection to work its very best. Signal drops and dead zones can drive a need for wired networking options for smart home appliances and the devices that control them. Build out a mesh network with wired hubs to make sure your smart home works when you need it most. Speed and reliability The future is wireless with networking, speaker systems, and even charging trying to ditch physical connections. In a modern smart home, wireless connections will always be the goal so all of your connected devices can be placed in the most efficient spot. However, as you move further from your wireless router and place things in locations with a lot of interference such as a camera on an outside wall at the corner of a house, you may need a stronger connection for good video quality. Wi-Fi is improving with every iteration but there will always be limiting factors like interference and wall penetration. Sometime unexpected things can … [Read more...] about Why might you need wired connections for smart home networking?
Ecobee can’t seem to keep its smart home secrets to itself, seeing how its upcoming indoor video camera, intriguing contact sensor and new premium thermostat have been detailed early by Dave Zatz of ZatzNotFunny over the past couple months. But now, hardware retailer Lowe’s has apparently asked Zatz to hold its beer — by publishing a complete product page for the new glass-covered Ecobee Smart Thermostat with Voice Control onto the web. The page, spotted by one of Zatz’ tipsters, leaves very little to the imagination, detailing practically every new feature to expect. In addition to the previously revealed glass-covered touchscreen (instead of plastic) and bundled “SmartSensor” with magnetic base, the new unit now supports 5GHz Wi-Fi networks, Bluetooth, several advanced Amazon Alexa calling features to compliment its built-in voice assistant, and the ability to act as a speaker for your Spotify music. (We’ll have to see if it’s any … [Read more...] about This is Ecobee’s new glass-covered smart thermostat