Today, the DIY security company Abode has released the second generation of its gateway with support for 4G cell backup and enhanced Z-Wave connectivity with an upgrade to Z-Wave Plus.
This is usually just an internal hardware update, since the gateway remains completely unchanged on the outside and looks identical to the predecessor model. The addition of 4G, however, makes cellular backup a little more reliable this time. Support for Z-Wave Plus means that users should see a significantly longer battery life through their devices and sensors attached to the gateway.
The upgraded gateway will automatically purchase the Abode Essential Kit for newly-delivered buyers and users with existing Abode gateways who wish to upgrade will now be able to purchase a stand-alone gateway for $ 1
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