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: