October 1, 2014
Mystery Port in Keurig 2.0 Solved
Did you know you had some type of data port in the bottom of your Keurig 2.0? We found it tucked away underneath the Keurig 2.0 (read our article here) waiting to be used at some later point. Is it going to connect to the Keurig Cold coming out soon? Is it going to be used to connect to AOL by dialing out using a modem? :-) Keurig Green Mountain had provided us the answer on what this mystery port is...
The “port" on the bottom of the system is similar to the port you would plug a landline phone into in your home. This was included in the new Keurig 2.0 brewers to give the future ability to connect an accessory to give the brewer internet connectivity, should consumers opt in and wish to do so. This port is not currently in use and any future uses are still in the early stages of innovation.
So there you have it. It’s to future proof the Keurig 2.0 and perhaps give us recipes to download or to be able to connect to the Keurig 2.0 over our smartphone for smart home uses. Who knows? What do you think they’ll use the port for in the future?
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Posted by Jay Brewer at October 1, 2014 7:39 AM
Usually these are the least expensive jacks to incorporate for the company to load bios or run tests. No mystery. They are most certainly NOT user ports.
A rather feeble answer from Green Mountain, it tells us nothing more than we can learn by looking at it ourselves. It's obviously pure guesswork as far as I can see. Their remarks just add more mystery to the reasons behind it. In fact the majority of comments are guess work, which is perfectly fine, it's fun and readable and I'm sure most are ok with it. However, I think it's a bit like asking for the meaning of life and getting 42 as the answer, it's fun but completely meaningless. What's my point? It's BS, that's, my point. PDTTS. (Please Don't Take This Seriously)
OK, you can drop any myths about connecting a coffee machine directly to the internet. If there are no options in the menu system for IP address or connectivity, then the machine is incapable of it. If you can't configure your internet connection on the machine, then it can't possibly get online. Not everyone's setup is simply plug-n-play DHCP. The RJ11 is a service port, no more, no less. -- if Keurig is planning something like that it's going to need an additional piece of technology that connects to that service jack and is configurable. I just don't see it.
Ha, they fooled you all. The port doesn't do anything. It's an advertising gimmick to get people to talk about the caffeine dispenser. And based on all the comments here, it seems to be doing the trick.
Or perhaps they might want to push some sort of software "update" that removes the ability for all the hacks on the current market that people have been using to make use of "unlicensed" pods much in the same way that certain other companies issue software updates to "fix" software "flaws" that people have been taking advantage of on their devices. I'm not so sure I'd be so fast to plug my Keurig into the phone line and accept an update until I read about what it does......
Wow - what cynicism. A proprietary port connecting to their new device could control the coffeemaker in many ways (ethernet, RJ-11 - who cares). Coffee brewing is as much voodoo as art and perhaps they intend to use this device for more than coffee, tea, and cocoa. Modifying the temperature, brewing time, volume of water might be important for, say, soup or even mashed potatoes!
I'm no fan-boy of my Keurig - the coffee is far too expensive - but it is very convenient, and I'd like to see what they come up with.
If you want network connectivity, a USB or firewire port isn't going to help. Ethernet, whether wired or wireless, would be needed instead. Wired ethernet typically uses an RJ-45 terminator; the port pictured appears to be an RJ-11 instead. This is supported by Keurig's comment regarding landlines, which most commonly utilized RJ-11s as well. That said, 100Mb/s ethernet (100Base-TX) only requires four conductors and it's not uncommon to see RJ-11 to RJ-45 couplers for ethernet connectivity.
Going forward, however, we will probably see more appliances with integrated WiFi, making the wired equivalents less prominent. In many cases, these appliances may not have wired ethernet ports at all.
Most likely use will be software updates for new products.
More than likely it will be used to determine who is using real k-cups, knock-offs, or the fill-your-own cups. Or a subscription service (unless you pay an outrageous monthly fee, you can't use your new K2.0).
Gotta love corporate greed. NOT!!
One would think that was a rather outdated port to put on a modern appliance. Surely a USB or Firewire port would make much more sense. It surely hints that someone at Keurig is behind the times.
The port is so the CEO who came up with 2.0 in the first place can upload his resume when this stupid idea goes straight down the tubes and he's looking for a new job.
That's a pretty crap response on their part. What are we supposed to do; pop a pack in the machine, pierce the seal and then use connectivity to brew just before we come home?
Makes no sense at all and defeats the idea of SS freshness.