Set Up Your Smart System for Success
Smart technology is a brilliant addition to your home. It adds convenience to your life, allows you to adjust the mood of a room with just a few taps, and can make your home safer. In order to fully see all of these benefits, though, one piece of your system cannot be overlooked: proper home networking. It’s the key that allows your devices and systems to all perform at their best.
In this blog, we’ll discuss the importance of home networking to keep your system (and your house) running smoothly.
To understand why a home network is so important, let’s dive further into its different elements.
Think of bandwidth as a highway. Nobody likes sitting in traffic, which is something that we’re reminded of every time we venture into Chicago from our Naperville office. The more lanes available on a road, the less likely that traffic will become congested. Just like a highway, your home network’s bandwidth should have enough “lanes” to handle all of the activity amongst your technology.
So which devices and activities use bandwidth in your network? A few examples include:
- Surveillance cameras
- Streaming videos and music — on mobile devices, computers, or multiple TVs throughout the home
- Playing video games
- Accessing the internet to search the web
- Controlling your technology so that it all works in sync
So, let’s say that in your family, one person is watching the big game in the media room. Someone else is streaming music while doing his or her homework. Meanwhile, you are enjoying your favorite movie, and something triggers the motion detector on a surveillance camera. If you have enough bandwidth, it’s no problem. But if you don’t, some of your devices will suffer.
With insufficient bandwidth, you risk lagging and unresponsiveness when too many devices or usage are competing for the network. But even with several lanes on the network “highway,” progress is limited if everybody is driving under the speed limit. This is where the speed aspect of a home networking system comes into play.
Speed is just as important as bandwidth in a network. Their functions are different, and each piece is essential to a convenient smart home system.
Let’s say you have several devices and streaming services in your house. If you don’t have high speed, your movies, shows, and music are going to take a long time to load. There may be interruptions for buffering once they do begin playing. Not only is this frustrating when you’re trying to have a relaxing night in, but it doesn’t make for a pleasant or impressive experience for guests, either.
The issues don’t stop at entertainment, either. If you tend to download and upload files quite a bit — say for work, creative hobbies, or your children’s school projects — you’ll run into even greater issues. Download and upload speeds are going to be slow if your home networking was not properly set up, which could cause you to miss tight deadlines.
When it comes to home networking, we want to ensure that you are equipped with the right network infrastructure to support your smart home system. Our goal is to make sure that you have the best experience possible with your new system.
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