Most users don’t really fret about regularly upgrading their wireless routers. They hook one up, set their networks and only ever feel the need to change it when the router actually stops working. Routers usually don’t have that many additional features but would you be interested in one that offers features like home automation, parental controls, Android OS and more all in one place? If this floats your boat then you might want to take a look at Soap, an “intelligent” router with a touchscreen display.
The company behind it says that Soap is meant to be “the brain and central nervous system for your smart home.” It functions as a regular router as well, providing connectivity to all devices in a home or office. Its the additional features that really set it apart. Support for Wi-Fi, Z Wave, Bluetooth, Zigbee, Insteon, 433 and X10 all in one place ensure that users can control their smart home devices from one hub.
Thus users can control connected devices like the garage door, blinds, lights or thermostats from their computers or mobile devices. Content filtering allows users to set what content each user on the network can get access to.
It even has a plethora of ports on hand, including two USB 3.0, one HDMI, five gigabit Ethernet ports as well as dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity handled by multiple antennae on the top of the line level. The router has a HD touchscreen display which allows control of all features. Four variants are being offered, with the top-tier model touting a Quad ARM Cortex A9 processor with 2GB of onboard DDR3 memory and 32GB of storage. All variants run Android 4.4 KitKat.
As you might have guessed the company behind Soap is seeking funds through a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. The lowest that can be pledged right now to get one unit if $250.