Does My Roomba Have Wi-Fi?

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If your Roomba has Wi-Fi , it can “fly”. Source

Wifi is one of those incredibly nifty things that just makes life easier. If you’re not sure if your Roomba comes standard with wifi connectivity, have a look at this list to find out.

And then stick around to read some answers to the most frequently asked questions relating to Roombas and Wi-Fi.

iRobot Roomba i7+

The Roomba i7+ is simply amazing. It has wifi and is compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, so you can literally order it around from anywhere in the world. Nice.

iRobot Roomba S9+

Another win for Roomba. The S9+ has wifi capability, as well as being compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

iRobot Roomba i7

The Roomba i7 is super smart. You can order this one around completely hands-free via wifi, with Amazon’s Alexa or Google Assistant. Schweet!

iRobot Roomba 980

Roomba did it again, as always. The 980 comes standard with wifi connectivity as well as compatibility with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

iRobot Roomba 960

Roomba 960 lives up to the Roomba name. This one also comes standard with wifi and talks to Alexa and Google Assistant.

iRobot Roomba e5

The Roomba e5 does not disappoint in the connectivity department. Wifi is standard and it chats with Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant.

iRobot Roomba 890

As always with the newer models, the Roomba 890 has full wifi capabilities and integrates smoothly with Alexa and Google Assistant. Nice.

iRobot Roomba 860

The Roomba 860 is an older model vacuum cleaner and does not have wifi capability. It also can’t talk to Alexa or Google Assistant. Must be a lonely existence…

iRobot Roomba 690

Roomba did not skimp on the awesomeness for the 690. This one has wifi and can have fat chats with Alexa and Google Assistant. I wonder what they’re saying when I’m not around?

iRobot Roomba 880

The Roomba 880 is another step child in the tech department. This one doesn’t have wifi, so it can’t chat with Alexa or Google Assistant. Poor little robot.

[1] What is the latest version of the Roomba app?

Roomba uses the iRobot HOME app. This gets updated frequently, so it can sometimes be hard to keep up with the latest versions. iRobot last updated their app on 11 July 2019 to incorporate some bug fixes and improved usability.

[2] What are the main features?

The iRobot app is pretty cool and allows for an improved user experience with your smart Roomba. You can set up cleaning schedules, getting the slog work done at a time that suits you (like, when you’re not at home). You can even schedule cleaning by room with the new Imprint Smart Mapping feature if you have one of the i-series Roombas. Cool!

After the job is done, you can check out the Clean Map Reports. These shows where your trusty robo-pet cleaned and which spots it missed. You can save these to compare over time and even check out statistics, if that’s your thing.

With the app, you can also clean from literally anywhere. This allows you to start and pause cleaning cycles, monitor your robot and customize your cleaning preferences (depending on the model you have). You can even turn on push notifications, keeping track of exactly what your little pet is up to.

One of the most useful features of the iRobot HOME app is troubleshooting. If your dust gobbler is acting up, you can access detailed help and contact the customer care center, straight from the app. Auto-updates for your Roomba is also available via the app, ensuring that you keep it up to date and in great condition.

[3] What are some of the common reasons that people can’t connect their Roomba to wi-fi?

It’s incredibly frustrating if your Roomba doesn’t want to talk to the wifi. It helps if your home base and trusty robot vacuum have good wifi coverage. Check your wifi router’s range and coverage where you’ve plonked down the home base.

Wifi on the robot and home base has to be turned on. I know, that sounds obvious. It helps to check, though. Here, the wifi indicator on the robot should be flashing green.

Another common issue is that your robot isn’t visible on your network. Here, an easy fix is to reboot both the robot and the router and force close the HOME app. Technology! If this doesn’t work, your router’s wifi settings may not be compatible with the robot – check them just to be sure.

[4] Will a Roomba still work if not connected to wi-fi?

When the wifi goes down, it feels like the end of the world. Luckily, it doesn’t mean that your Roomba is down too. When your dust gobbling minion isn’t connected to wifi, you can get it to work by simply pressing the “clean” button on top of the robot. Neat!

[5] What is the Roomba wi-fi hack and how does it work?

So, you bought an entry level Roomba, just to see how it works. You like it, but it doesn’t have wifi capabilities, which is really useful if you want to whole shebang. Luckily, there’s a way of adding wifi to your Roomba – we call this the wifi hack. 

Here’s how it works:

And this hack is specific to 500 and 600 Roomba models.

Purchase a replacement faceplate for Roomba, like the Thinking Cleaner, Roomba’s official wifi add-on. This one has a hackable API (application programming interface). Attaching this new faceplate to your Roomba is really simple – the old faceplate clicks off and the new one clicks on. Nice!

Now, unfortunately Thinking Cleaners are no longer available. The manufacturers have said that they will not be making anymore. But you will still 

To set up your Thinking Cleaner, your Roomba needs to connect to wifi via the Thinking Cleaner app. This is also quite easy. The downside of this wifi add-on is security. Your normal Roomba wifi settings require a password and all sorts of other security features to keep your network and home secure. This one doesn’t have any of that, so anyone who accesses your wifi network will be able to access your Roomba and mess it around if they want to. Creepy. You can add a layer of security by setting up a guest wifi network for your friends to use, keeping your Roomba on a secure network that only you have access to.

If you want to access your Roomba when you’re not at home, the setup process is also pretty simple. Here, you sign a ThinkingSync, which is free. This is a safe and easy option, especially if you’re not incredibly tech savvy, knowing how to set up Port Forwarding and all that stuff. There are two potential downsides to this: they only have one server, so if that’s down, you can’t access your robot. Also, registration isn’t done on a secure server, so your passwords are sent in plain text. Yikes.

If you like to fiddle with API’s, the Thinking Cleaner comes with clear documentation that helps you get into things pretty easily. This allows you to take control of your robot, driving it around like a remote-controlled car. Awesome! If you don’t like fiddling, they have pretty cool pre-built API integrations. You can control your Roomba using Alexa, Google Home and the Pebble smart watch. Nice.