KNOW BEFORE YOU BUY
SOME THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOU BUY SMART HOME TECHNOLOGY
I continue to get questions from people hesitant to begin implementing smart technology because they are overwhelmed with the amount of choices in the marketplace. New products are coming to the market constantly and the media narrative often doesn’t supply enough clear information for consumers to know if those devices will actually work in their space. The marketing would also have you believe that “everything works with everything”, which simply isn’t the case; navigating those intricacies can quickly frustrate even the self-described “tech savvy” consumers.
The place to start is to look at the reliability of your Wi-Fi. As our homes become increasingly connected, one of the most often overlooked components of how smooth everything works is the foundation of the smart home – the wireless network. It’s not enough to simply have a wireless network in your home for devices to connect to. Full optimization of smart devices requires good choices about several things:
The modem and router or modem/router combination device should be the most up-to-date equipment possible and capable of running dual band wireless on the latest wireless specification standards.
Wireless networks should be named, and new passwords should be set (don’t use default settings). Those networks should be configured with the most secure encryption protocol possible.
The bandwidth (how much data can move and at what speed) that your internet provider offers should be considered.
The signal of the wireless network needs to be consistently strong where your devices are physically located. Achieving this strength may require additional access points, range extenders, or in some cases powerline extenders.