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Soap Is an Android Powered Router With Touch Display

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.

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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)
  • Insteon
  • NFC
  • 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.

via kickstarter

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  1. I agree with you to some extent. I’ve used Note for a year, then switched to S3 for a year, and then bought a Note 3 in December last year. I just loved it. But it was the Exynos version and just after one month, it started to lag. I then used my friend’s Nexus 5 for a few hours. Fell in love with it and bought one. I’m loving it.

  2. Yeah. That would be awesome. I’ve seen other products which allow you to unlock the door of your home remotely using an Android/iPhone app if someone’s at the door and you want to let them in. There are crazy products after seeing which you’ll realize that they make a lot of sense.

  3. I honestly don’t have an idea what the cool features are but i was told that it’s gonna be a central hub of sort for home users.
    that would be great if we can remotely, say, turn on the AC on a hot day while we’re still miles away from the house.

  4. You have a valid point. While I enjoy most of Samsung’s built-in apps and features on my phone, there are also quite a number of bloatware and sometimes simply useless features. But as i’ve said, I’m still a huge Samsung fan at the end of the day and unless other makers can surpass it, I’d be comfortable using my S4.

  5. I don’t think Soap has home automation features as mentioned on the Almond+ website, right? I’m not sure, but does Almond+ offer features like remote controlling electrical stuff at your home? I mean, will I be able to control my lights from outside the house using a mobile app?

  6. But the Samsung over does that. Too many features that you don’t know what you want and what you don’t want. You’ll end up not using most of them. The company should keep all the bloatware as optional downloads from the Play Store. That’s the best way to do it, if you ask me.

  7. I get it. it’s supposed to be fantastic. I think many people also like the idea of putting many features in a product just like what Samsung is doing with their Galaxy S series and their Note series.
    I also would personally like to play with my electronics a bit so getting these cool features would be great.

  8. Ever heard of Almond+? An acquaintance mentioned this product to me when I brought up the
    topic about Soap.
    I was told Almond has some cool features too like a touchscreen display or something. It’s
    supposed to add 802.11ac protocols as well as home automation capabilities.

  9. The features are just overwhelming. But it’ll be one more smart device at home to play with. My guess is that the team will put some games to the Soap Essentials model down the lane. Since it already connected to your TV, you can enjoy HD games on this. And since you are there, why not put a audio/video streaming software into the box?

  10. I don’t know if I’m mistaken but this seems like this router has a variable configuration with its
    number of expansion slots and an optional screen.
    Are they planning on releasing a single variant with a fixed interface?

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