Is Your Network Harming Smart Home Performance?

Is Your Network Harming Smart Home Performance?

Strong Home Networking is Essential for Smart Home Automation

The most advanced technology in the world isn’t much use if you can’t get it to work properly. If you’ve been frustrated by lagging audio, devices that won’t connect to the internet, or slow buffering when streaming video, the odds are likely that your network isn’t strong enough to support your Illinois smart home. This is especially true in areas like Chicago, where the dense population causes so much network interference.

It’s a common issue with an easy solution. Keep reading to learn about the role that home networking plays in smart home success and how you can easily improve the reliability of your automation system.

Where Home Networking Fits In

Most people don’t think about the network when getting started with smart home automation. They stick with the generic router from the Internet Service Provider and assume it’ll work just fine. But as internet-connected devices such as smart TVs and tablets become more popular, they put more of a strain on the network’s resources.  Standard routers simply don’t provide adequate service for homes, even ones that don’t have full automation systems.

Of course, the more smart devices you have set up throughout your home, the more pressure that puts on your home network. Each of these devices needs to communicate with each other seamlessly and instantly in order to create that perfect environment for you.

If you were trying to drive ten different cars across the country, you’d need a lot more fuel than you would for one car alone. The same concept applies to smart devices—you need to provide a solid foundation for your system, and that foundation starts with a strong network.

Signs Your Network Needs Improvement

Not sure if a networking upgrade is right for you? See if any of these signs ring a bell:

  • Slow Buffering or Lagging Audio/Video:

When you’re trying to stream a YouTube video or watch the latest Oscar Best Picture in your home theater, but the video keeps taking forever to load, there’s a problem.

  • Dropped Connections in Certain Areas of the Home:

If you have great signal strength in the home office but can’t connect in the kitchen or on the patio, it’s not ideal. You should be able to connect to your network from any area of the home.

  • Decreased Performance When Using Multiple Devices:

Your system may be able to handle streaming video on one device, but what happens when you start playing music in another room? Can you also connect to the surveillance cameras or adjust the smart thermostat without any performance issues? If the answer is no, it’s time for an upgrade.

  • Network Security is Practically Nonexistent:

It’s common for homeowners to leave their routers with the default settings, which is a big problem for network security. If you’re unsure what security measures are in place for your home network, don’t risk the chance that someone could hack into your system. Have a professional do a security upgrade.

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How to Improve

Once you’ve decided that your home network needs an upgrade, the next question is how you can best achieve it. When dealing with a smart home, a professional network installation is the way to go. A networking professional will be able to assess the unique needs of your home and smart system. This includes identifying where to put signal boosters so that there are no WiFi dead zones, what kind of router will provide the best performance, what security measures to put in place, and more.

Home networking services are well worth the investment. You’ll get much more use out of your smart home automation system and have far less frustration and inconvenience with a proper networking solution in place.


Barrett’s Technology Solutions can help you improve the network in your Illinois area home. To learn more about our services, contact us today by calling (630) 898-2850 or filling out this quick form.