Smart homes are powered by the Internet of Things. That is, devices that are connected to one another through the internet.
Because the internet is the fuel for virtually all of your smart home devices—and in some cases, your smart home system (or hub) itself—having a strong Wi-Fi system is crucial.
Let’s look closer at why a properly configured, perfect-functioning Wi-Fi network is the backbone of your smart home.
Without strong Wi-Fi, smart devices lose their smart capabilities
In a non-smart home, when a Wi-Fi connection is slow or glitchy, you might lose your source of entertainment or perhaps be forced to go to a local cafe to check your email.
But in a smart home, losing Wi-Fi is almost akin to losing electricity. Devices will no longer be able to “talk” to one another, effectively making your smart home revert to a “regular” home. For example, smart curtains would have to be manipulated manually.
In the worst-case scenario, your smart devices could lose all function. Not only would some devices lose their smart capabilities, but also some devices would cease to work at all.
As How-To Geek points out, devices like the Google Nest camera will completely shut off.
For smart homeowners, high-speed internet is a necessity.
Wi-Fi signals must reach every corner of your home
For smart homes, it’s not good enough to have a mediocre router in your home.
Before the smart home, families may have subsisted with a Wi-Fi connection that was strong in the lounge but not so good in the upstairs bedrooms.
But for smart homes, your Wi-Fi signal must reach every corner of your home with equal strength. Otherwise, you risk that your back bedroom suffers from lagging response time or lesser function.
To make sure that your Wi-Fi signal is strong enough, contact a professional to help you configure your network. They might suggest getting a better router, investing in multiple routers, or adding a Wi-Fi extender to your home.
A smart home requires ample bandwidth to function
All these devices running at once can overload a Wi-Fi network that wasn’t configured to handle the requirements of a smart home.
If you’ve ever experienced a slowdown in internet speed as multiple people on the same network attempt to stream video, then you know the frustration of an overcrowded bandwidth.
Imagine how much worse it would be if, instead of merely dealing with a prolonged “buffering” signal on Netflix, your smart devices lagged several minutes before following a command. How long would you wait for your lights to come on?
Smart home trends point to a greater reliance on Wi-Fi networks vs. smart hubs
In past years, smart home hubs that didn’t rely on Wi-Fi networks, like ZigBee or Z-Wave, were the most popular choice for smart home systems.
These smart home hubs directly connect all your smart home devices for internet-free communication. While there are benefits to continuing to choose a smart home hub, manufacturer trends suggest that more and more devices are being built to function primarily within a Wi-Fi network.
Instead of a smart home hub, your smart home is centralized in a system like Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.
This configuration appeals to many smart homeowners because they favour the familiarity of Alexa or Google Assistant. It’s also simpler to train family members to control smart home devices with Alexa or Google than it is to train them to use a whole new system.
As trends continue toward Wi-Fi networks and away from smart home hubs, having a strong Wi-Fi network becomes vital.
Contact SmartAve to configure a strong Wi-Fi network for your smart home
To keep your smart home running smoothly, don’t attempt to DIY unless you are confident you know what you’re doing.
The results of a poorly chosen or incorrectly set-up Wi-Fi system can lead to a poorly functioning smart home—and countless frustrations.
Contact us for a free consultation on how we can help.