Securifi Almond 3 2021 Updated Review The Smart Home Wi-Fi System.
Securifi Almond 3: Are you looking for a way to secure your home with ease, then the Securifi Almond 3 is a device that will do just that with so much simplicity.
What’s the Securifi Almond 3
As a router and smart home hub, this is a midlevel 802.11ac Wi-Fi router. It doesn’t offer the fastest Wi-Fi speed but it’s more than fast enough to deliver any residential internet connection.
What makes it different from other routers, however, is the fact it comes with a touch screen — similar to the Starry — and a built-in one-volume-level speaker that works as an alarm (like a digital alarm clock).
Apart from Wi-Fi, it can also work with other smart-home devices such as security sensors via a popular wireless standard for home automation called ZigBee 1.2 and is compatible with hundreds of web-connected devices.
Securifi Almond 3 review 2020 is small, but in my trial, it’s still powerful enough to cover a small home.
As a Wi-Fi system, one of the three units works as a router and the other two as extenders.
When all three are used together and placed at optimal distances from one another, they create a mesh network that can cover up to 4,000 square feet with a Wi-Fi signal.
What Makes it Unique?
You can control the Securifi Almond 3 from three different platforms: the touchscreen on the device, a separate mobile app that you’ll need a phone or tablet to access, and a web interface via your home computer
Design and Features
The Securifi Almond 3 review 2020 3 comes in white or black and can be ordered as a standalone router ($149.99) or a three-piece Wi-Fi system.
All three components share the same basic design as the Almond router ($89.99 at Amazon) that we reviewed a few years back, only bigger.
The boxes sit vertically and feature a 2.8-inch, full-color touch screen on their face. The display uses Windows-like tiles to guide you through the various network and home automation settings menus, but I found it a bit too small, especially if you happen to have big, stubby fingers.
- Sleek design.
- Doubles as a home automation hub.
- Equipped with multiple LAN ports.
- USB connectivity.
- Middling throughput performance in testing.
- Somewhat small touch screen.
- Lacks band-steering capabilities.
- Limited settings.
- Requires dongle to control Z-Wave device
Installation is easy. I connected the main router to my desktop PC and waited around 45 seconds for the touch screen to initialize.
It then wanted to know which region (country) I was in and needed another 30 seconds to save this information. Next, the setup wizard asked for a location (bedroom, den, office, etc.) and gave me three installations choices
Set up a Wi-Fi system or a standalone router, join an existing Wi-Fi system, or set up as a range extender
Is this the Router to build your smart home on?
As a Wi-Fi router, the Securifi Almond 3 is just a middling performer. But a three-pack should provide enough coverage to enable HD video streaming throughout most homes.
If you’re looking to upgrade your home network and you don’t already have a smart home hub, the Almond 3 is definitely worth considering.
That goes double for DIY enthusiasts. Securifi operates a very active user forum where the company’s tech-support team are frequent posters, answering questions and offering suggestions.
Although there may be faster routers available on the market, there aren’t many that can compete with the practicality and vast assortment of impressive features that the new Securifi Almond 3 has.
Beyond that, the Securifi Almond 3 looks to be better future-proofed than its competitor’s thanks to its automatically updating firmware and support for smart home standards such as ZigBee and Z-Wave.
Moreover, as a mesh-capable unit, if you ever decide you need greater Wi-Fi coverage, it’s as easy as adding another Almond to the network.
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