Plume SuperPod with WiFi 6E

As we close in on 2022, there’s one tool I reviewed this year that stands out above all, one that works tirelessly in the background to not only optimize my home wireless network, but also protect all of its devices from attack.

Plume SuperPod with WiFi 6E.

In a world where home wireless mesh networks are served by white plastic towers that tower over your decorations or boxes that fill your home like tech warts, Plume is different. These silver hex pods plug directly into the wall and generally stay out of your way, taking up no more space than an oversized wall adapter.

In fact, at a glance, you’d be hard-pressed to pick one Plume SuperPod over another. The latest and greatest 6E add-on, for serving the internet on your modern devices (like the latest iPhones and iPads) and can handle internet up to 2.5Gbps from your ISP. They still unfortunately only have one WAN and LAN port each, so you’ll have to be inventive if you have multiple ethernet devices.

Interestingly enough, on paper, the Plume isn’t the fastest router I’ve tested this year. Compared to other big names like Linksys and Asus, the Plume can’t even come close to peak speeds. And maybe the first five minutes after you plug them in that matters. That first Speedtest you do from your laptop in the back room of the house will ultimately be disappointing.

Then the magic happens.

It might not be magic, but Plume’s cloud-based algorithms can also be magical in how they can deliver top-notch speeds to every device in your home, even those stuck in awkward corners of the house, without using huge amounts of bandwidth to poke through. Plume SuperPods with 6E don’t just pump out as much bandwidth as they can, they understand where and when you need speed.

Do you take video conference calls in the middle of the day and then stop using devices in your office after a certain time? Plume knows and redistributes the available bandwidth on your network so that the devices that need the most juice at night, like your smart TV, get what they need.

It does all this automatically without any subscription from you thanks to a monthly subscription. Unlike other routers that nag you for optional security plugins every time you open the app, Plume takes the decision out of your hands. When you buy your SuperPods, you also sign up for a subscription (you don’t have to keep paying forever, but your SuperPods will no longer dynamically balance or protect your devices).

Signing up for an internet router is not something any of us want to do. And when you’re already paying around $750 for three Plume SuperPods with WiFi 6E, you don’t want any extra costs. But for about $7 a month (with a 3-year prepaid subscription) it’s worth it to have WiFi that adapts to your specific home and devices, no matter what changes.

Plume also monitors your IoT devices for security breaches, blocks internet ads (which can save you from a prescription drug ad or two on Hulu, too), helps you monitor your kids’ devices, and can even detect traffic at your house. With the subscription at the ready, you’ll have no excuse not to play with the app’s advanced features. Fortunately, Plume’s Homepass is one of the best networking apps I’ve ever used.

The layout is clear and simple. It has built-in Speedtest so you can easily monitor your ISP’s speed (to make sure you’re not being cheated on bandwidth). I wish you could manually prioritize the devices, but I’m actually attached to the ability to be able to do this in other router apps. Actually I haven’t required have been doing this since I installed Plume in my home.

Plume doesn’t just provide a network you don’t have to think about, it serves up internet that’s always fast, secure and reliable.

I’ve reviewed the Plume SuperPods in the past and always come away impressed with how well they really deliver on their promise of improving connectivity between your devices. Yes, you have to pay a subscription, but the benefit is that you have an ever-evolving network, ensuring that as things change in your home, adjustments are made to ensure your speed doesn’t drop.

Plus, Plume actively monitors your network. If they see something wrong, they’ll email you back within a few hours, asking if there’s anything they can do to help. It’s refreshing in a world where you have to seek help for things you’ve subscribed to (I’m looking into those ISPs out there).

There are cheaper home networking solutions out there. There are faster ones. There isn’t a single mesh router available that provides the kind of seamless connectivity and protection that Plume offers.

Start the new year with a better home network. Plume has a deal on all their devices on their website right now.

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