This Bluetooth router connects to 22 units from 1,000 ft
Surprisingly sufficient, Bluetooth has turn into among the best strategies for connecting sensible units. Web of Issues requirements like Zigbee and Z-Wave nonetheless have loads of points, and WiFi, whereas well-liked, attracts an excessive amount of energy to be efficient for managing a number of sensible units. In the meantime, most units help Bluetooth by this level, and it will probably additionally keep connections with out utilizing an excessive amount of battery life. However Bluetooth continues to be has points: Its vary is comparatively brief (round 30 ft) and lots of units can solely be paired with one different gadget.
Enter the Cassia Hub, a $one hundred Bluetooth router — sure, router — that goals to unravel these points. The corporate claims it will probably prolong the vary of Bluetooth connections as much as 1,000 ft (in open air), or cross by way of as much as three partitions with out many points. Just like a WiFi router, it might additionally hook up with 22 separate Bluetooth units directly.
As an alternative of sending instructions to Bluetooth units immediately, or utilizing their very own apps, you employ the Cassia Hub’s app to regulate all the things related to it. And maybe probably the most intriguing function: It additionally enables you to management your Bluetooth units once you’re away from house (since it is also related to your WiFi router).
Cassia was based by Felix Zhao, an ex-Cisco engineer and former government at Aruba Networks, which focuses on WiFi merchandise. He factors to 3 issues that make the Cassia Hub attainable (and why it is the primary true Bluetooth router): A specialised antenna constructed particularly for Bluetooth; vital tweaks to extend the sensitivity of the Blutoototh stack; and noise cancellation know-how, which results in cleaner general alerts.
With all of these options, the Cassia Hub can be a simple promote to anybody who’s been irritated with Bluetooth’s vary or lack of flexibility. However, in fact, there are additionally limitations with Cassia’s strategy. The corporate says it’s going to help most present Bluetooth units, however some might require further tweaks of their app. It’s going to additionally have to work along with system makers to help proprietary Bluetooth Low Power (LE) profiles. (The Hub additionally has a “clear relay mode” which may prolong the vary of some Bluetooth LE units, even when it does not acknowledge them.)
And since your Bluetooth audio system would truly hook up with the Cassia Hub, as an alternative of your gadget instantly, you are additionally caught utilizing Cassia’s app for all of your music administration. It helps Soundcloud and native music, however that is about it. Cassia says it is in talks with Spotify and Pandora, and it is also engaged on bringing AirPlay and Chromecast help to the Hub (which might allow you to ship music to it with Spotify and Pandora’s native apps). Cassia’s drawback is just like Sonos, in that you simply’re principally on the mercy of what its proprietary app helps.
Nonetheless, it is early days, and if Cassia addresses these preliminary points it might find yourself being helpful to individuals who’ve invested in Bluetooth devices. The prospect of with the ability to considerably prolong the vary of your favourite Bluetooth speaker, or handle a sensible gadget remotely, is fairly tempting. And the corporate’s aim of fixing Bluetooth’s endemic issues is downright intriguing.
Zhao says even the Bluetooth Particular Curiosity Group (SIG), which manages the usual, is happy by their work. We’ll reserve remaining judgement for once we get our arms on the Cassia Hub. For now, it is clear the corporate has lots of points to cope with.
The Cassia Hub is obtainable for preorder immediately, and it is anticipated to ship within the first quarter. The corporate can also be launching a number of Bluetooth equipment, together with a speaker ($one hundred), multi-colour LED mild ($30, or $eighty for a 3-pack) and sensible plug ($30).