Products That Work – Almond+

Not yet everything that was promised, but improved WiFi performance over my former unit.

I took a chance on the Kickstarter for Securifi Almond+ : (3 Minute Setup) Long Range Touchscreen Wireless AC Router / Range Extender + Home Automation Hub, and after some delay received and set up this Wireless AC Router. I immediately noticed a significant improvement in signal strength, data transfer speeds, and coverage now beyond the footprint of the house. Previously my Belkin N+ had never operated at this level of performance, but then it was generations old in hardware…

For the first 6 months I’ve used it basically as a wireless router and network switch, mostly because it was missing the Home Automation (HA) support. As a WiFi it performed well, with only very infrequent web page load issues (assumed to be the garbled data bug, now fixed as of the FW R069cb beta release) and just a few reboots required during the 6 months. I can recall only 1 time I rebooted it due to some failure in operation, and I wasn’t sure it was the Almond+ or the Comcast modem.

Although advertised as supporting HA, it wasn’t until this month that it has a fraction of the basics. As of mid January 2015 it still isn’t ready to support HA at the level anyone would expect as bare minimum. No Scenes, buggy Rule Editing, and a relatively short supported device list. Another release is due shortly that is expected to remedy this, but although the folks at Securifi are no doubt working hard, they have a history of over promising on deliveries.

Don’t let that stop you from picking this unit up if you are in need of improved WiFi and plan to add HA, as Securifi is responsive and continuing to improve their product. I expect it won’t be long before HA will be properly supported. I have purchased the Belkin WeMo LED Bulbs ( Belkin WeMo (F7C033) LED Light Bulb, Control Your Lights From Anywhere with the Home Automation App for Smartphones and Tablets, Wi-Fi Enabled (WeMo Starter Set Required) ), installed them easily and quickly, and can control them individually with the Almond+ Android App. However, I found that this Almond+ Lamp Controller is better for controlling lamps individually or in sets.

Why have I rated this a Products That Work? The non-HA aspects of the unit are as functional and reliable as any good WiFi I’ve used, and the HA is due shortly. Given that I was able to network install it in a few minutes and forget it for 6 months, it works.

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