Why You Should Consider a Professional Home Network Setup
Don’t Waste Your Smart Home on Wi-Fi
Chances are, you're reading this on a smartphone or tablet. These "smart" devices get their name from the ability to connect to the internet. Similarly, your smart home uses the internet to connect each device over a network.
You're probably familiar with a Wi-Fi network -- it's one of the most common ways that devices can wirelessly connect to the internet. But just because your components can connect to the internet via Wi-Fi, that doesn't mean you're getting the best, strongest, or most reliable connections. In this blog, we'll show you why it's essential to invest in a professional hardwired home network setup. Keep reading for more.
Bandwidth refers to the amount of space your network has to accommodate signals. A frequently employed metaphor is cars on a freeway, where the vehicles are information and the highway is the network itself.
Higher bandwidth means more lanes. That allows for more cars on the road at a given time, without slowing down traffic. A professional installation with enterprise-grade routers all of the devices in your smart home system, and even leave room to grow down the line.
Even if there’s plenty of room on the highway, you still need someone to manage all that traffic. From highway patrol to toll booths, your system can benefit from priority-management software.
Integrators can install software that prioritizes your most critical systems so you can rely on them. For instance, if you're concerned about security, those technologies can get network priority over the audio video gear you use for entertainment. Consult your integrator to find out how you can customize your device priority.
Most professional integrators will suggest that your smart home operates on a hardwired network whenever possible. That means running cables through your walls to ensure stable, reliable, and safe connections between each device.
But in some cases, wireless is the best solution. However, when you rely on traditional Wi-Fi, you risk limited range, dead spots, and easy-to-breach security issues. Instead, your integrator can set up a mesh network with indoor and outdoor wireless access points that is much more secure and will offer full coverage throughout your home.
Want to learn more about networking solutions that can help you get the most out of your smart home? The joy of a smart home is using a single interface to control everything -- from the AV in your living room to the lights above the garage. A robust network ensures your technology encompasses your entire home and that commands are completed quickly and efficiently.
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