Latest in Gear

Image credit: Linksys

Linksys' Velop mesh routers can detect intruders using WiFi

Create a home security system without cameras.
174 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

Linksys

If you want to improve your home security but would rather not add cameras or sensors to your living space, you could try using your router instead. Linksys has introduced a new motion sensing subscription service, Linksys Aware, which uses data from Velop mesh routers to monitor a home through WiFi signals.

The service detects motion in the house and sends alerts to users' smartphones via the Linksys app. These alerts can be turned off or snoozed when users don't want to be disturbed, and it's also possible to calibrate the sensitivity of the motion detection for particular homes to avoid false alarms.

Linksys doesn't specify how exactly the technology works, but other versions of motion detection using mesh networks have analyzed WiFi signals to detect "noise" in signals bouncing off the walls. When a person walks into a room, they change the way the WiFi signals bounce and this can be detected by the router.

As well as its potential as an intruder alarm, Linksys suggests the system could be used to assist in remote care for the elderly. Historical data about movements in the house will be available for up to 60 days and can be viewed through the app in hourly, daily and weekly increments.

The service is available on Linksys Velop routers from today in most countries, and will eventually be rolling out to other Linksys mesh routers as well. Users can update their device's firmware and download the app from the App Store or the Google Play Store, and they can try out the service for free for 90 days. After that, it will cost $2.99 per month or $24.99 per year.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
174 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

After Math: The rule of threes

After Math: The rule of threes

View
This finance app can help you save up to $800 a year

This finance app can help you save up to $800 a year

View
KidKraft's Alexa-powered toy kitchen sizzles and tells dad jokes

KidKraft's Alexa-powered toy kitchen sizzles and tells dad jokes

View
Porsche opens Europe's most powerful EV charging park

Porsche opens Europe's most powerful EV charging park

View
Ninja's Twitter account was hijacked

Ninja's Twitter account was hijacked

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr