Linksys today announced the launch of a new subscription service that lets you use some of the company’s existing Velop mesh Wi-Fi router systems as motion-sensing security devices.
Dubbed Linksys Aware, the technology is initially compatible only with the company’s Velop Tri-Band AC2200 routers, but will be rolling out to some of the brand’s other mesh Wi-Fi products in a phased rollout.
Linksys Aware is able to sense motion in your house without the need to add cameras or other accessory devices, with the various mesh nodes detecting how movement in the vicinity affects Wi-Fi signals as the nodes communicate with each other.
Users can customize the sensitivity level of the system to filter out pets of various sizes, for example, and once the motion threshold is exceeded you’ll receive a notification on your phone.
As the system doesn’t involve a camera, there’s no way to remotely check in on the detected motion to see what it is, but at least you’ll be alerted if unexpected motion is detected in your home. Motion events are stored for 60 days, so you can check back to see a recent history by hour, day or week.
Linksys Aware is free for the first 90 days, after which a subscription priced at $2.99 monthly or $24.99 annually will be required. A firmware update and App Store app update will be rolling out today to add support for the feature.
With the discontinuation of its AirPort lineup of wireless routers, Apple has embraced Linksys as one of its primary third-party partners, selling several configurations of the Velop system online and in its retail stores.