Recently, the Beyond Hi-Fi team started working on a Control4 smart system in a Seattle, WA area home. This home’s Control4 system had been set up by another smart home company years ago, but the homeowner had found themselves dissatisfied with the system’s performance. Once we started looking into the system’s setup, we found a huge issue: the home network was practically non-existent.
Solid home networking is essential for any smart home automation system. Whether you’re dissatisfied with your current smart system’s performance or you’re considering jumping into the world of home automation for the first time, I’m confident saying that investing in a solid network is the key to smart home success.
In order to understand why, here’s a bit of background on how a smart home automation system works….
The Internet of Things
In order for a home to be “smart,” it has to have real-time communication between different devices throughout the property. Smart lights, window shades, thermostats, televisions, and more are all connected to a central control system. This is commonly referred to as the internet of things.
This communication between devices occurs over your home network. When set up correctly, your home network will ensure that communication happens quickly and reliably. But what happens when that home network is nothing more than an ISP-provided standard router with the default settings? Here’s what I’ve seen firsthand:
- The system works…some of the time
- You can only use a few smart devices at once
- Smart devices on the fringe of your property won’t work at all
- Streaming services experience lag or buffering
Any one of these issues is unacceptable in my mind. The whole point of smart home technology is to make life more comfortable and convenient, so why limit yourself with a system that’s just going to cause you frustration?
Home networking isn’t an add-on, recommended component of a smart system. Instead, it’s a standard part of every Control4 system Beyond Hi-Fi develops. We want to make sure that your system is 100% reliable all the time – in every area of your home.
One of the ways to achieve that is to assess the existing network (if there is one) and identify any needed changes. For larger homes, in my experience, that means setting up Wi-Fi boosters so that while you’re relaxing by the pool or watching a movie in your theater, you don’t have to worry about whether the wireless signal reaches that area.
We also ensure that the network is set up with the right settings for your property – not just the defaults that come with the home networking equipment.
I hope this insight into home networks has been informative. If you have other questions or want to learn more about the ways your network could be improved, please reach out! Give me a call at (425) 998-8008 or click the button below to fill out our contact form, and we’ll get you the information you need.
Thanks for reading,