The Linksys Aware-based motion sensing technology-based service launched last year has now undergone a major update on the ongoing CES 2021 and has begun to support third-party Wi-Fi connected devices. By detecting activities carried out via Wi-Fi signals, paid services are activated to sense movement in the mesh network environment. It originally used a compatible Linksys router to track movement. However, the company is adding support for third-party connected devices to provide more detailed motion sensing. Linksys also introduced the AXE8400 mesh router system, which is the company’s first system to support Wi-Fi 6E.
Prior to the latest update, Linksys Aware was using Wi-Fi signals transmitted between mesh routers to track activities occurring in specific locations. Since users are not required to deploy specific security cameras or other equipment, this has become a safe home motion sensing method. However, in order to further enhance the function and provide users with a more precise motion-sensing experience, the company incorporated third-party device support into its services.
These devices can be Wemo smart plugs or Belkin smart speakers, which are used as communication points to enable motion sensing. Users will be able to use the new update to detect movement anywhere in the home and near specific locations where compatible connected devices are placed.
Linksys will provide users with exercise alerts through its mobile application. These alarms can be turned off or suspended. Other points of communication via third-party devices will also enable users to customize motion sensitivity levels and avoid false alarms.
An improved real-time graph will be provided to users to display real-time and historical data about sports activities to help track movement without any additional hardware.
Updates to the Linksys Aware service will be available through the Linksys app in the United States in March or April 2021, and will gradually be promoted globally. It will be a free trial for the first 90 days, and then $2.99 per month (approximately 220 rupees) or 24.99 US dollars (approximately 1800 rupees) per year.
In addition to the Linksys Aware update, the Linksys AXE8400 Wi-Fi 6E mesh router system was also launched. The new system is powered by the Qualcomm Networking Pro 1210 platform and has tri-band (2.4GHz, 5GHz and 6GHz) capacity and can cover up to 3,000 square feet. It comes with a 5Gbps WAN port, four 1Gbps LAN ports and a USB 3.0 port.
Linksys claims that its new mesh router system can connect more than 65 devices, all sharing the same bandwidth.
Linksys AXE8400 will be available in the United States this spring and summer, a price of 449.99 US dollars (about 33,000 rupees). It can also be purchased for a two-pack system for US$849.99 (approximately Rs 62,300) or a three-pack system for US$1,199.99 (approximately Rs 87,900).
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