Shut Up and Take My Money: Almond+ 802.11ac Touchscreen Wi-Fi Router
Ranked number one on Amazon for the last nine months, the original Securifi Almond has garnered hundreds of glowing reviews due to its simple design, easy setup and fantastic range. It’s also praised as a range extender for an existing wireless network within a home, potentially boosting the signal an additional 100 to 150 feet within a home.
After the rampant success of the first Almond, the team at Securifi turned to Kickstarter backers to help fund the production of a new product, the Almond+ 802.11ac router. After raising approximately $855,000 from Kickstarter backers, the team has gone into production mode and plans to release the new router in a few months for a retail price of $99.
In addition to a new hardware design, 802.11ac tech will bring 1.17Gb/s transfer rates compared to 300 Mbps Wireless N rates. That’s approximately four times faster assuming you have 802.11ac compatible hardware in your mobile device. Of course, the hardware is also backwards compatible with Wireless N and G. The device will also include tech that’s compatible with ZigBee and Z-Wave devices as well.
At this point, you can’t become another Kickstarter backer. It’s likely that the product will also be sold on Amazon, but it’s not available for preorder yet. Look for the launch in late Q3 or early Q4. You can check out a few pics of the hardware below: