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This 'smart' router can now control your Nest thermostat

This 'smart' router can now control your Nest thermostat

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Securifi's Almond+ and Almond 2015 routers are getting a little smarter today thanks to a software update that enables integration with Nest products, such as the Nest Thermostat and Nest Protect smoke detector. The Almond routers are billed as "smart" routers, and offer various integrations with smart home and internet of things devices. The new Nest integration joins the Zigbee, Z-Wave, and Philips Hue support already available to the routers.

Almond Nest integration

The Almond's Nest integration comes with a handful of interesting features, such as Wi-Fi triggers, which can change the thermostat when you arrive home and reconnect to the Wi-Fi network. Another interesting application is the ability for the Almond to "broker" an average temperature setting between two smartphone users. For example, if one person prefers a setting of 65 degrees and another a setting of 70, the Almond will set the thermostat to 68 degrees when both people are connected to the Wi-Fi network at the same time. Nest controls can also be built into preset actions, so you can turn off the lights, lock the door, and set the thermostat for nighttime all in one step before you go to bed.

Much of the Almond's Nest integrations seem to duplicate what the Nest already does, such as its automatic scheduling and home and away features. But it could be convenient to have all of your smart home's controls in one place, which is what Securifi is attempting to do with the Almond routers. It's also something that Google doesn't yet offer in its own OnHub routers, though smart home integration is on the roadmap for them. The software update with the Nest integration is due to be available to Almond routers starting today.