Abode Systems has announced another generation of its security-oriented smart home gateway. Dubbed Abode Gen 2, the new device offers integrated 4G mobile connection (as backup if your broadband connection goes down) and a Z-Wave 500 chip (the first gene hub used a Z-Wave 300 chip).
The upgrade to the Z-Wave 500 chip is the biggest advantage here because it makes the Z-Wave Plus gateway certified and it adds the more robust Z-Wave Security S2 command class for the hub. Z-Wave 500 chips are significantly faster and more powerful than the previous generation, enabling the Abode Gen 2 gateway to support more intelligent home devices.
Z-Wave Security S2 connects to a known security hole in older Z-Wave devices that require considerable skill and advanced equipment for hacker ̵
The Gen 2 gateway will now be included in all three Abode starter packs, each consisting of the gate itself, a motion sensor, a door / window sensor and a key fob for activating and interrupting the system. The Abode Secure package costs $ 359 and includes one year of professional surveillance and 4G service. The Connect package costs $ 299 and includes a 4G year, and the Basic package is priced at $ 279, but does not include service.
Existing Abode customers will be able to purchase the Gen 2 gateway as an upgrade for $ 199, plus $ 10 per month ($ 96 per year) if they choose the 4G service (Connect plan) or $ 30 per month. Month ($ 240 per year) for both professional monitoring and 4G service (the secure plan). The paid service plans also include telephone and email technical support.