Plume's 'routerless' mesh network blankets your home in Wi-Fi with an army of tiny pods

A pod for every room.

Mesh Wi-Fi is becoming quite the trend. Google recently rolled out its mesh-capable router Google WiFi, following in the footsteps of Luma and Eero, and today startup Plume announced that its proprietary “adaptive WiFi” system is available for purchase.

Plume’s system is a “routerless” mesh Wi-Fi system that uses what it calls pods distributed in every room of your house. They cost $69 each, though there are discounts for bulk purchases. Three pods will cost you $179, while six are $329. Plume devices were shipping in three to four weeks at this writing.

Similar to Google WiFi, Plume relies on the cloud as part of its mesh network. Google’s devices monitor your network and use the cloud to determine which band to use, whether the routers should switch to a different channel, and which router individual devices should connect to.

plume Plume

Plume uses the cloud to carry out similar efforts such as signal interference, but the company says the system can also smartly handle specific traffic types for an “uninterrupted experience.” We haven’t tested Plume so we can’t comment on how well this scheme actually works.

Each pod supports the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, 2x2 MIMO, 802.11b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth Smart Ready. The pods measure 2.5-by-2.3-by-1.3 inches.

The impact on you at home: As mentioned, Plume is just one of many mesh Wi-Fi networks to roll out recently. In addition to Google WiFi there’s Eero, which is significantly higher priced than Plume but requires fewer devices. A three pack of Eero devices is $499. There’s also Luma, which requires fewer devices than Plume and is priced between Eero and Plume at $299 for three routers. Google WiFi will set you back $129 per unit or $299 for a three pack, just like Luma.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags WiFi

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Ian Paul

TechHive (US)
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Armand Abogado

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

Wireless printing from my iPhone was also a handy feature, the whole experience was quick and seamless with no setup requirements - accessed through the default iOS printing menu options.

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?