A report from Gartner estimates that by the end of 2016, there will be 6.4 billion devices connected to the cloud, representing a 30% increase from 2015. This figure will continue to grow, reaching 20.8 billion devices by 2020. With all that buzz going around, it is no surprise that most of us are already gearing up to buy Smart Home devices to install in our homes.
However before jumping onto the Smart Home bandwagon, here are some very important things to take note of when it comes to getting your place Smart Home-ready.
Good Fiber Broadband
First and foremost, getting good fiber connection helps to set the foundation of your smart home set-up. Most smart devices need to be connected to the cloud in order to work, having substantial bandwidth is thus imperative to get multiple smart devices running smoothly and ensure minimal disruptions to your day-to-day internet experience. You know which ISP to look for if you are looking for good and cost-effective fiber connection :)
Optimal Wi-Fi Coverage throughout your house
You can have the fastest internet connection in the world but if not all areas of your house are properly covered, you will still get slow connection in places that are furthest away from your router. Therefore it is important to bridge this gap if you are looking to get your house Smart Home-Ready.
For example, if one of your devices, say a wireless IP camera is installed at a part of your house with poor wireless coverage, chances are, you might get buffering feeds all the time; We know how frustrating that can be. :)
In our next point, we’ll share useful steps you can take to optimise Wi-Fi coverage in your home.
Optimising Wi-Fi Coverage in your home
Option 1: Converting Telephone points to LAN Points
If you live in one of the newer HDB BTO flats or condominiums, the telephone points in your house could be easily converted to LAN points at a reasonable cost. But make sure you check with your developer first before proceeding.
Option 2: Powerline adapters
If converting your telephone points to LAN points is not an option, you can consider using power line adapters as an alternative. They are plug and play devices that help to turn your house’s electrical network into a computer network, essentially converting your electrical points into LAN points.
Now that you have LAN points in your rooms, what you need to do now is to place wireless access points in various parts of your house to ensure that all wireless blind spots are covered. You can refer to the illustrations below to get a better idea.
From the above illustrations, you can see that set-up is actually quite simple. All you need to do is to place wireless access points in parts of your house where Wi-Fi connection is poor.
Very soon, the futuristic homes you see in the movies might become reality, but before that, make sure that you have the necessary set-up to support the Smart Home of your dreams!