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TP-Link debuts ZigBee- and Z-Wave-integrated SR20 Smart Home Wi-Fi router with touchscreen

TP-Link's first Wi-Fi router, the SR20 Smart Home Router, has a touchscreen and features built-in support for Internet of Things (IoT) wireless protocols.

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The SR20 Smart Home Router from TP-Link.

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If you're looking for a Wi-Fi router that can also function as a hub for home automation, TP-Link has something in store for you. The networking vendor announced today the all-new SR20 Smart Home Router with Touchscreen at CES 2016 in Las Vegas. This is an all-in-one router that can also work as an Internet of Things (IoT) hub.

TP-Link says the router support ZigBee and Z-Wave, the two popular wireless IoT standards. As a home networking device, it's an AC1900 router with the top speed on the 5GHz band of 1,300Mbps and up to 600Mbps on the 2.4GHz band.

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With the support for IoT wireless standard, the SR20 Smart Home Router can act as the hub for entire home, including both networking clients, such as computers and tablets, and IoT-ready appliances, such as refrigerators, light bulbs, washers, dryers and so on.

The router also has two USB ports (one USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0), allowing users to share files and media stored in an external drive. Like most home routers, it has four Gigabit LAN ports and one Gigabit WAN (Internet) port.

The SR20's key features include:

  • Connect ZigBee, Z-Wave as well as networking devices
  • Supports home network management via mobile apps
  • AC1900 class Wi-Fi
  • 4.3-inch touchscreen
  • Parental controls
  • Guest networking
  • Built-in SD storage slot for local storage that works as the backup destination for user-generated content
  • Supports 802.11ac and backwards-compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n

The SR20 Smart Home Router is slated to be available in the second quarter of the year, with pricing to be announced then.

Check out the rest of CNET's 2016 coverage here.

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