Setting up a home wireless network can sometimes be a tedious process. Aside from making sure that the modem and the router are linked you also have to configure your router’s security and access policies to ensure that your devices can connect properly.
When you buy a router what you will usually get is a small black box that usually requires a computer to setup. Once the router administration panel has been accessed a user will then have to input several data such as IP addresses or DNS servers which is often confusing to the regular consumer.
Soap aims to make things simple as it is being marketed as the world’s first smart router with a touch display and is powered by the Android operating system. A home wireless network can be controlled using only this device. It acts as a home automation hub, wireless router, parental control system, Internet security system, and a whole lot more.
There are going to be two Soap devices that will be offered. One is called Soap Essentials that does not have a capacitive touchscreen display. It can be controlled by connecting a display on its HDMI port or through an app. The second is called Soap Touch that comes with the touch display.
Soap Technical Specifications
- 7” Captive touch display 1280×800 (Soap Touch model only)
- Freescale i.MX6 Quad Cortex A9 Quad-core processor
- 2x USB 3.0 Real world clocked speeds at avg 76 megs per sec
- 8GB on board storage can be upgraded to any drive that connects through msata
- 4GB (able upgrade to 8GB)
- SD Card Expansion
- *Built in Battery (if stretch goal of 200k is reached)
- 802.11ac: Latest WiFi standard that provides Gigabit Wireless speeds, and is around 4x faster than the current 802.11n. It is also 100% backward compatible with older 11a/b/g/n devices.
- 5 GHz Speeds up to 1300 Mbps
- 2.4 GHz Speed up to 450 Mbps
- Configure as an access point
- Simultaneous Dual Band
- Configure as a wireless bridge
- Priority Control Qos
- Web Filtering and Parental Controls
- Zigbee (2.4GHz)
- Z-Wave US, Canada, Mexico (908.42 MHz)
- Z-Wave Europe (868.42 MHz)
- Z-Wave Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong (919.82/921.42MHz)
- Gigabit LAN x4
- Bluetooth 4.0
- VLANS, Port Forward, Port Filtering, Firewall, DMZ, QOS
- VPN, Samba Server (USB Storage/Printers)
- DLNA Streaming, UPnP
- *Soap with no rope.802.11AC Wi-Fi WAN Connector (if stretch goal of 500k is reached)
- Wireless Security – WPA2, WPA-PSK (AES, TKIP), 128/64-bit WEP. AOSS and WPS push button setup options automatically configure secure wireless connection.
Soap is also the name of the company that is developing this router. The developers came up with an idea to simplify the lives of people who are not really that tech savvy.
The company has launched a campaign over at Kickstarter to help fund the development of this device. It has already reached $77,891 of its $80,000 goal with 20 more days to go.
If you are interested in supporting this campaign then check out the Kickstarter link below.