cute flippers. Having said that, it’s
probably not a good idea to let your
Connect go swimming.
The first thing we spot is a
massive ducted heatsink, begging
the question of what (in this device)
needs to be cooled. Simply put,
that’s some serious cooling for an
otherwise inconspicuous router. Take
a look under the Connects’ heatsink,
where you’ll find a large shielded
area—just another barrier to our
On the back of the board, we
spy the Z-Wave antenna (the black
rectangle on the left), along with
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. Finally, a lone LED handles
the task of communicating the
Connects’ status to the world.
With the EMI shields unsealed,
these are some of the treasures that
• 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 512 MB
• Samsung KLM4G1FEPD 4 GB
NAND Flash memory.
• Silicon Labs EFR32 Zigbee radio
• CSR 8811 Bluetooth 4.1 radio.
It’s worth showing how the Pro
version compares by listing some
fundamental differences between
• CPU upgrade: Qualcomm
IPQ8065 SoC quad-core network
processor (vs. IPQ4019).
• Ethernet switch upgrade:
• RAM upgrade: Two Samsung
SDRAM (instead of one).
• Two Qualcomm QCA9984
802.11ac radio SoCs, which
allows more devices to connect
at faster speeds.
• More power sources and
converters to handle the added
Before starting, let’s look at what can the circuit-filled puck can do…
• WiFi: 400 Mbps 2. 4 GHz,
866 Mbps 5 GHz (AC1300).
• Up to 1,500 square feet wireless
• Smart Things connectivity via
Bluetooth, Zigbee, and Z-Wave.
If you opted for the shinier
Connect Home Pro, you get
upgraded WiFi capability like 800
Mbps ( 2. 4 GHz) and 1,733 Mbps ( 5
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
information, but all we found
are serials numbers and wireless
Search for screws on the device in
one of their favorite hiding places—
under a rubber foot, where you’ll
find Standard Phillips #00 (props to
Samsung for using common screws).
Not only do these opening picks
get us into the stubborn cases, but
they can also give any device some
WHAT MAKES IT TICK & TALK?
Samsung Connect Home Teardown
Breaking it up and breaking it down.