As if the Wi-Fi bandwidth in your house wasn’t taxed enough before you had a kid, throw 1000 “smart” devices into your high-tech nursery and it’s no wonder you can’t binge Netflix and use the baby monitor at the same time. To help solve your broadband woes and bring internal chi to your Internet Of Things, there’s Plume.
Plume is essentially a Wi-Fi network of stylish, interconnected pods that look like K-cups and plug into your house’s power outlets. One password-protected pod fits into your DSL or cable modem, the others plug into any room (one pod per) where you want to check scores on ESPN. And your current wireless router goes into a box in the basement marked “garage sale.”
The system is obviously designed to solve the pesky problem of Wi-Fi’s resistance to traveling through walls, but that’s not even its big sell. No, the big deal is that Plume is like a traffic cop at a busy intersection; it uses “data intelligence” to monitor all of your Wi-Fi usage and devices, and direct your bandwidth to where it’s needed the most to alleviate congestion. Unlike traditional mesh networks that still get clogged up, the pods use different channels. That means when Plume sees you’re just sending a few emails from your office, you won’t get stuck on the same Wi-Fi band as your daughter who’s streaming Daniel Tiger.
Plumes are sold in packs of one, 3, or 6 depending on the size of your home and come in 3 colors (silver, champagne, and black) so you can be certain they’ll match the wallpaper where you need the Internet the most. The bathro … er … nursery.
Plume Wi-Fi ($179 for 3-pack, $329 for 6-pack)