CNET First Look
Testing the Almond 3 smart router in the CNET Smart ApartmentThis Wi-Fi system promises to wrangle your connected devices and track when you come and go. Can it smarten up our smart apartment?
[MUSIC] Hey I'm here in the CNet Smart Department where we've been testing out securified Almond 3 Smart Routers, specifically how it can help corral your Smart Home gadgets. So this is it right here, we've got it plugged in back. Back in our server room, and aside from letting us on the Internet, it can also keep track of all the other devices that are connected, and that includes smart home devices. It also has a built-in rules engine so that you can automate when they come on and come off based on your location, based on the time of day, even based on your wi-fi presence. So I've got my phone here and you can see the wi-fi's off. When I turn the wi-fi on and my phone Phone joins up with the Almond Network. You can see this lamp just turns on automatically. It texts me on the network and says hey, it's time to turn the lamp on. Almond also offers its own proprietary hardware so you've got motion sensors and smart switches and these contact sensors. You can stick these on a door and they can detect using magnets when things are opening. And close. So you see when I close them like this, the lamp turns off. When I open them like that, the lamp comes back on. You can set that to turn things on just when you open and close a door. Now in my tests, all of that worked well. The rules engine, the wi-fi detection, the extra hardware You can get. It was all very nicely snappy and responsive and easy to use. It was just a shame that when we tried to expand the wi-fi setup of the multiple routers in the home things kinda fell apart, kinda glitchy and unreliable. Be sure to checkout our full review of the Almond 3 smart router for more of its network reliability and overall feature set. Here in the smart department as a smart home controller, it's a pretty interesting device.