With “Linksys Aware” Linksys brings a service for its own mesh Wi-Fi systems, which can detect movements within the WLAN and inform the user about it. After a 90-day trial period, the service costs 3.49 euros per month or 26.99 euros per year per subscription.
To capture motion without the use of cameras or additional hardware, Linksys Aware uses the Wi-Fi signal to detect motion by measuring the reflection of the signal, much like radar systems do. Each access point emits signals that normally cancel each other out. Movements change and reflect these signals, which can be measured by the access points.
Linksys Aware will initially be available for the Velop Tri-Band AC2200 from Linksys, but will later be offered incrementally for additional Mesh WLAN systems from Linksys. Due to the new possibilities, the WLAN system will be able to be used to control the Smart Home in the future, without having to install motion detectors.
User can adjust sensitivity
The activities registered in this way are sent as “motion alerts” to the user's smartphone. In addition to enabling and disabling these notifications, users can temporarily pause, adjust the frequency of notifications, and adjust motion sensitivity to minimize false positives and triggers, such as pets.
This software detects movements in the entire coverage area of the WLAN network. Linksys Aware stores the data for up to 60 days. In order to gain meaningful insights, the collected information can be selectively read out – summarized to a week, a day or an hour.
Linksys is the first to combine a mesh WLAN system with motion sensing and hopes to play a key role in developing this technology for the smart home through its early launch. The router should be able to connect to Linksys Aware from a necessary device that allows Internet access. “a gear that controls a smart home“Said Matthew Keasler, product manager for Linksys Aware.
Activation of the service in the Smart WiFi app
The new subscription service is available within the Linksys Smart WiFi app available for Google Android and Apple iOS. In addition, a firmware update must be performed on the routers.