Wi-Fi Company Plume Introduces New 'SuperPod' Mesh Router Alongside $60/Year Subscription

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    Wi-Fi router startup Plume today announced an upgraded version of its mesh networking devices and a new subscription model for its customers. Plume first began selling its "Plume Pod" routers in late 2016, and today revealed a new tri-band router called the "SuperPod" (via The Verge).

    Plume's SuperPod works like any other mesh system, requiring users to connect the first Pod to their modem with an included ethernet cable. The rest serve as wall plugs that users permanently place in an outlet to enhance the Wi-Fi signal throughout their home. In comparison to the original dual band, four-channel model, SuperPod has a tri-band Wi-Fi radio with eight channels and two ethernet ports.

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    When connected and running, the SuperPod system learns the user's home usage patterns "in a matter of days." This means that the SuperPods will learn when you use Wi-Fi the most (getting news from a smart speaker in the morning or watching 4K films at night) and implement "Adaptive Wi-Fi" to actively optimize the network for more consistent speed and performance.

    For users to take advantage of these features, they'll have to subscribe to Plume. The company previously sold the Plume Pod without a subscription, but today is changing that by requiring customers to subscribe to its Adaptive Wi-Fi service before they can purchase a SuperPod, The Verge notes.

    The service costs $60 per year and if users opt out of the subscription in a year's time "the routers may not fully work," although Plume CEO Fahri Diner said the company wouldn't outright "brick" the devices if users decide not to pay down the line.
    Plume is offering price discounts for it subscribers, however, selling a three-pack of its routers for $39, down from $179. Three packs come with two dual-band routers (the older models) and one tri-band router (the new model). In terms of adding supplemental Pods onto the system, the company will still sell its Plume Pod for $39 and the individual price for the new SuperPod is $99.

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    Potential customers can also choose to pay a flat $200 fee for a lifetime membership to the service, while existing Plume owners will be grandfathered in to the new features for free. Other features include parental controls, speed tests, service management, and "Plume HomePass." This service creates unique Wi-Fi passwords personalized to guests when they visit. The iOS app can also detail Wi-Fi connections, freeze device connections to prevent kids from accessing the internet, data consumption charts, and more.

    Wi-Fi mesh systems have become a popular solution for in-home Wi-Fi over the years, with options from companies like Linksys, Orbi, Eero, Google, and others. The technology is looking to expand as well, with the Wi-Fi Alliance in May announcing a new certification program called "EasyMesh," which aims to allow users to build mesh networks in their homes across different brands.

    For Plume, orders on the SuperPod will open June 15 and the device will begin shipping June 21.

    Article Link: Wi-Fi Company Plume Introduces New 'SuperPod' Mesh Router Alongside $60/Year Subscription
     
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    Disgusting business model for a product. Continuous services demand subscription fees. Not a once off product.
     
  4. Cesar Battistini macrumors regular

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    HUAHUUHAHUHAU Who subscribes to an obligatory router feature, I thought you would subscribe and get you house filled with routers.
     
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    Mesh is the future, and I hope that this business model doesn't catch on. It feels like so many are jumping on the 'nickel and dimeing you to death' band wagon.

    I'd rather pay the one and done, lifetime subscription. But then again, I also don't want a consumer router. I'd prefer a SOHO for the advanced feature set.

    :shrug::confused::rolleyes:
     
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    Why would you buy this over another mesh WiFi product? On what planet are they living?
     
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    Most people probably already pay a subscription fee for their cable modem / wifi router combo Comcast, etc. At least this would be a better alternative.
     
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    That's silly, I wonder how many people will be sucked into that
     
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    This incessant rush to turn anything and everything into a subscription is a joke. Garage doors, cars, now routers. What's next, subscription toothbrushes? I wouldn't be surprised. Only a fool would subscribe to this, as you'll be losing money after ~3 years. If you want me to subscribe to something, you better be offering me an actual service, not a piece of hardware that I'm paying for in perpetuity.

    Edit: I'm now familiar that there is in fact a subscription toothbrush.
     
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    Enough. Or not enough, and those that do get sucked in will lose their service when they go out of business.
     
  12. eagle33199 macrumors member

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    So now we pay a subscription for the modem and another subscription for this? How is two subscriptions a "better alternative"?
     
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    Subscription Toothbrushes already exist. I was thinking subscription houses, but those already have something like that, it's called a rental. Admittedly, you could change it a bit as a subscription, and that way the person can modify it somewhat.

    However, I am getting sick of all these companies deciding that subscription is the way to go, and sneak into my wallet for only 5-6 bucks a month. Sorry, not happening!
     
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    "When connected and running, the SuperPod system learns the user's home usage patterns "in a matter of days." This means that the SuperPods will learn when you use Wi-Fi the most (getting news from a smart speaker in the morning or watching 4K films at night) and implement "Adaptive Wi-Fi" to actively optimize the network for more consistent speed and performance."
    This sounds like a sorry excuse for "feature". I want to be able to utilize my full network speed whenever I am actively using a device, not some auto-QoS that I can't control.

    "The service costs $60 per year and if users opt out of the subscription in a year's time "the routers may not fully work," although Plume CEO Fahri Diner said the company wouldn't outright "brick" the devices if users decide not to pay down the line."
    Well that just sealed the (no) deal.
     
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    I'm not going to subscribe to a router without an add-on subscription for my ethernet switch.
     
  17. Khedron macrumors regular

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    The subscription fee is a complete joke.

    But also, why do these things need to learn about usage to optimise for? How about just delivering the fastest and most stable connection all the time?
     
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    wheres the photos of the actual router. not the little plug in things?
     
  19. Robert.Walter macrumors 65816

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    Was just coming here on this topic...

    When will hardware companies learn that subscription requirements depress sales?
     
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    BUT but but... We have to keep developing it! and and and... we have to keep the money coming in!! /s
     
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    Unless they're sending me new routers/access points every few months I can't see how a subscription is attractive.

    If their value added services actually add value, then sell those separately (in-router purchases anyone?).
     
  23. Davidglenn macrumors member

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    I hope this fails. Buy a router then keep paying to use it. Disgraceful policy!
     
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    ...the best alternative would be to buy your own router (one that doesn’t charge a subscription fee), and not pay the cable company. That is what I have done for years, and I have saved hundreds of dollars doing it.

    This is insane, and I really hope consumers vote with their dollars and don’t buy this product. Giving people features they don’t need and charging them a yearly fee for them is a disgusting business practice.
     
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    Lol. They’re trying to be funny. Hostage router. pay us a ransom monthly haha
     

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