In the past, I’ve written about the importance of home networking in a smart home. The success of your home’s technology depends on many factors, and your home network can make the biggest impact.
In this blog, I’ll look more in depth at how your network functions and why that affects the efficiency of your smart home system in Seattle, WA or the surrounding areas.
What exactly happens when you access a website, stream a movie on your TV, or anything else that requires internet usage? Your device is requesting and grabbing data from the destination (e.g., movie streaming service, website, etc.), then making it accessible on your device.
That information — movies, website information, music — has to travel through a network system. This all happens so quickly (and out of sight) that we don’t realize it’s happening.
This process is using something called bandwidth. Bandwidth is the amount of data being accessed and used at one moment.
Consider this scenario: On your 4K TVs in a few rooms, you are streaming movies or music all at once. On your computer in another room, you’re downloading videos or games. And then you and family members also are simultaneously accessing the internet from smartphones, tablets and other computers.
Simply put, there’s a lot of competition for that bandwidth capacity.
This, in turn, affects how fast information downloads – if even at all.
Imagine it like a highway: A highway with two lanes will become quickly congested if a lot of cars are on it. Driving faster — increasing speed — is irrelevant as there isn’t enough space to carry all of the traffic at a smooth rate. Add more lanes, and the traffic will flow smoothly. With more lanes comes more allowance for cars to speed through.
Insufficient bandwidth is the equivalent of not having enough lanes.
My team will ensure that your smart technology and devices work smoothly by building infrastructure with the necessary bandwidth to support your home networking system.
Your home network’s speed directly affects your smart home system’s speed. A device might be capable of working at high speed, but it won’t perform at that speed if the network is slow.
A slow network results in buffering with media streaming, lag time, and general delay in device function. When multiple devices are having issues and are getting backed up, you may eventually see your devices not function at all.
Although, let’s be clear: High internet speed will not compensate for low bandwidth.
As I mentioned above: On a highway, traffic won’t move more smoothly if all cars are speeding. If there aren’t enough lanes, congestion will occur. A proper home networking setup requires the right balance of sufficient bandwidth and speed necessary for your home’s needs.
Ready to use home networking to improve your smart home system’s function? Reach out right now by clicking the button below or by giving me a call today at (425) 998-8008!