Samsung's Connect Home is the one smart router to rule all your SmartThings. What sort of dark magic gives the Connect Home all this power? Let's tear it apart and take a look!

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Questo smontaggio non è una guida di riparazione. Per riparare il tuo Samsung Connect Home, usa il nostro manuale di assistenza.

  1. So what can this circuit-filled puck do?
    • So what can this circuit-filled puck do?

      • Wi-Fi: 400 Mbps @ 2.4 GHz, 866 Mbps @ 5 GHz (AC1300).

      • Up to 1,500 square feet wireless coverage.

      • SmartThings connectivity via Bluetooth, Zigbee, and Z Wave.

      • Play hockey.

    • If you opted for the shinier Connect Home Pro, you get upgraded Wi-Fi capability:

      • Wi-Fi: 800 Mbps @ 2.4 GHz, 1,733 Mbps @ 5 GHz (AC2600).

  2. No, it's not a new probe droid—just the backside of the Connect!
    • No, it's not a new probe droid—just the backside of the Connect!

      • Ever the minimalist, the Connect Home sports just three ports for power, WAN, and LAN, plus a reset pinhole.

    • Grill vents line all four sides of the bottom panel to keep the Connect cool.

    • The bottom sticker could contain interesting secret information, but all we found are serials numbers and wireless certifications.

    • We start our search for screws in one of their favorite hiding places—under a rubber foot.

    • These are not the screw holes we're looking for. Oh wait, yes they are! Standard Phillips #00 too—kudos to Samsung for using common screws.

    • Not only do these opening picks get us inside some stubborn cases, but they can also give any device some cute flippers.

      • That said, it's probably not a good idea to let your Connect go swimming.

    • It must get really hot in here—the first thing we spy is a massive ducted heatsink! What could this be cooling?

    • And if we thought the Home had a big heatsink, the Connect Pro gets a fan too!

      • That's some serious cooling for an otherwise inconspicuous router.

    • We take a look under the Connect's heatsink to find a large shielded area—just another barrier to our chip curiosity.

    • On the back of the board we spy the Z-wave antenna (the black rectangle on the left), and some metal contact clips mounted in the case.

    • The board has some coaxial connectors, but seems to be using spring contacts instead—a nice repair-friendly, low wear connection option.

    • And finally, a lone LED handles the task of communicating the Connect's status to the world. Stay strong little guy!

    • With the EMI shields unsealed, let's see what treasures lie revealed:

      • Qualcomm IPQ4019 SoC—the main brains of the device, and the reason for the giant heatsink

      • Qualcomm Atheros QCA8072 ethernet switch on a chip

      • Sigma Designs SD3503 serial interface modem SoC

      • Samsung K4B4G1646E 512MB DDR3L SDRAM

      • Samsung KLM4G1FEPD 4GB NAND Flash memory

      • Silicon Labs EFR32 Zigbee radio controller

      • CSR 8811 Bluetooth 4.1 radio

    • How does the Pro version compare? Here are the major differences:

      • CPU upgrade: Qualcomm IPQ8065 SoC quad-core network processor (vs. IPQ4019)

      • Ethernet switch upgrade: Qualcomm QCA8337 (vs. QCA8072)

      • RAM upgrade: Two Samsung K4B4G1646E 512MB DDR3L SDRAM (instead of one)

      • Two Qualcomm QCA9984 802.11ac radio SoC's, which allows more devices to connect at faster speeds.

      • More power sources and converters to handle the added load.

    • We have reached the end of the tour. Thank you for choosing iFixit as your site for repair manuals and cool teardowns.

  3. Considerazioni Finali
    • The case is held together with standard screws and reusable plastic clips.
    • All antennas easily detach from the main board thanks to spring contacts.
    • While they're not likely to need replacement, the ports are soldered onto the main board, complicating repair.
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Is that a hidden USB port at the lower left of the first images of Step 6 and 7? If so, does it work?

azureskies - Replica

Yes! It is a hidden micro-USB port. We guess that it’s for debugging/programming purposes. No, we have not tried it yet.

Arthur Shi -

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