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Gadget of the Week - Plume


Ever feel pigeonholed by your WiFi carrier and wish there was a new way to stream your favorite shows or sift through emails?

Plume Adaptive WiFi, a subscription based service, promises to change the way you think about and use the internet at home.

Plume wants to adapt to your space and lifestyle” through self-optimized high-speed WiFi. So, what exactly do they mean?

For Plume, self-optimizing WiFi entails creating multiple access points spread around your home, instead of using a singular router. This allows for more widespread coverage, and is achieved through the placement of hexagonal silver “pods” that you can place in as many or as few rooms as you need.

The pods are small, sleek, and attractive devices that can be placed wherever you may need a strong WiFi boost around your home or office. You can choose from multiple packages; each Plume set differs on the number of pods and SuperPod tri-band routers, depending on the size of your home and how many rooms you’d like to have WiFi access in.

After setting up and connecting your pods, Plume will begin to learn the habits of your and your family’s WiFi use, including when and where you most use the internet, in order to create an optimized WiFi bandwidth experience.

On the Plume app, you’ll be able to monitor the bandwidth and internet speed, as well as customize who can access your WiFi network, the amount of time they can spend on it, and so on.

The price point for Plume varies, as you can choose to select an annual plan for $60 or a lifetime subscription for $200.

Have you made the switch to self-optimizing WiFi? Curious about fun and useful gadgets that can modify your day-to-day lifestyle for the better? At Geek Chicago, we make it a point to help our followers stay up-to-date on all the cool and innovative devices and apps on the market. Drop us a line on Facebook or Twitter to let us know what we should highlight next!

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Jason has nearly 20 years of consulting experience, predominantly in the technology space. Most recently he was the COO and Director of Technology for Rich Casto & Company, a national training and consulting organization in the real estate industry.
As a consultant for IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, and Envision Consulting Group (now IMS Health), Jason has served clients of all sizes, including Big Pharma, Fortune 500, and Global 1000 companies:

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  • Astellas Pharmaceuticals
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • Ford Motor Credit
  • Wockhardt USA (formerly Morton Grove Pharmaceuticals)
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