It should be said right out of the bat that the Securifi Almond+ Router is not a router that has the fastest Wi-Fi performance or one that has longest range; however, it is probably the first Wi-Fi router and smart home automation hub in one device. Therefore, this router will let users connect to and even control practically hundreds of smart home devices around your home. You can manage your smart light bulbs, your garage door openers, and other smart devices found in your home right from the comfort of your smartphone.
The Securifi Almond+ Router Can Let You Control Your Smart Light Bulbs With Just the Use of Your Smartphone
The Securifi Almond+ Router is one of the more successful Kickstarter crowdsourcing projects to-date. It offers the functionalities of a Wi-Fi router and that of a smart hub for your smart home devices. It has dimensions of 7.3 x 5.4 x 1.3-inches. In other words, it is about the size of a regular-sized paperback book. However, it is 50-percent larger than that of the Amped Wireless TAP-R2 (which also has a touch capacitive screen emblazoned at the top of the device). The device’s packaging also includes plastic brackets should you want to mount it on a wall or to sit it on top of a shelf.
Its 3.5-inch touch screen display is the center of attention and it is still very uncommon for such a feature to be seen on a router. The display totes a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels, but with its size it does deliver vivid colors and pretty sharp text. The icons on the screen are displayed on a 4 x 2 grid, which is compared to the 2 x 2 arrangement of the TAP-R2. Should you get tired of looking at the icons on the display, you can turn the screen off manually, or you can just wait for a few moments when it hits its idle period.
As mentioned earlier, the Almond+ Router is able to interact with smart home devices, more specifically those that are ZigBee and Z-Wave home automation products. It is able to let you interact with light switches, thermostats, flood alarms, doors, window locks, and more. Furthermore, it does what it is supposed to do in these regards pretty well.
When it comes to its Wi-Fi performance, the Securifi Almond+ Router also does an okay job. You can stream movies, play games, and even do a little work with it and it will deliver reliable speeds without freezing, stuttering, or dropouts. Overall, this is a bargain router that you can get with an added bonus of taking advantage of its smart home hub capabilities.