Adding smart home capabilities to a new build is easy: If you’re building your dream home, you can call your local integrator before the drywall goes up. They can efficiently wire your property for fast, reliable, and scalable service from your smart home system. But what do you do when you move into an older home -- one that makes it hard or impossible to run wires throughout the walls?
Don’t worry, wireless home networking proves to be a viable solution. In this blog, we’ll show you how you can get the most out of your system without wires. Keep reading to see what we mean and how we can help you.
You may be familiar with wireless technology. In fact, you’re likely reading this on a wireless device like a smartphone or laptop, so we know you’re aware of Wi-Fi.
Wi-Fi operates from a central router and broadcasts a signal throughout your space. In smaller homes, that’s usually enough to connect most devices. But in larger homes, or ones that feature a higher number of wireless devices, Wi-Fi can have dead spots or limited bandwidth.
In other words, Wi-Fi isn’t sufficient for your smart home, especially if you have many integrated devices and plan to implement more in the future. Instead, you’ll want to upgrade to a mesh network. Popular mesh network systems include Zibee and Z-Wave, which connect smart devices directly to each other. Each device operates as a “node,” and generates a new signal that synchs it with each of the others. The result is a web, or “mesh,” of connections that gets stronger with each compatible device you add.
Plus, Zigbee and Z-wave operate on a different frequency than Wi-Fi, so they won’t interfere with streaming or surfing the web on your personal devices.
Of course, a hardwired network will usually feature greater reliability and speed than a wireless one. We recommend investing in the appropriate network for your space, so you can get the most out of your system.
But in some cases, a blended network -- one that combines both wired and wireless solutions – serves you best. For instance, if your home is already wired but you want to install automation features in your backyard or guest house, you can upgrade those spaces with wireless features.
You can enjoy full control in smaller spaces without digging up your yard.
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