Want to Make Your House a Smart Home?
Michigan Integrator Has Three Recommendations for You to Consider
Houses with brains are becoming almost as common as houses with broadband. What if you could stroll through your home with an iPad in hand and dim the lights, adjust the thermostat, and turn up the music? With a home automation system you can do just that and more, but first you’ll need a network to support it. Smart homes use a combination of wired and wireless networks to connect a variety of devices and subsystems within a house. Almost nothing is more important than a secure, reliable network when it comes to transforming your house into a smart home.
Here we share a few lessons we’ve learned over the years regarding a network to support all your home automation needs.
Lesson #1: Carefully Consider the Location of Your WiFi Router.
Sure there are lots of great devices that control your home automation system, like an iPhone or tablet, but it’s your in-home network that’s running the show. Depending on the location you select for your router, you may have trouble getting a strong signal in your backyard or in the garage. Often times the radio waves struggle to travel through concrete foundations, to second stories, or in kitchens due to appliances that might block the way. We recommend you install your wireless router on the ground floor as close to the center of your home as possible. Another option to strengthen your home’s WiFi signal is to place multi-routers throughout your home, based on its square footage.
Lesson #2: Work with an Integrator to Hard Wire Your House
The average residential network is not typically designed to handle the high demands of modern life and leaves the homeowner with unacceptable WiFi performance and data loss. The ideal solution is to network your home by combining wired/wireless data and IP power with local and cloud-based management. The infrastructure of the network should be designed to handle audiovisual equipment and integrate seamlessly with your home automation controls.
Lesson #3: Locate the Various Power Sources throughout Your Home
Our third recommendation revolves around the need for power. Access to power is well…powerful when planning out your smart home. Some devices, like connected door locks, are powered by batteries. However, that is not the case in most instances. Whether it’s a tower speaker or a wireless router, you’ll need to plug it in and you’ll probably want to hide the cords so they don’t distract from your décor. Whether you are remodeling your house or building a new home, consider installing outlets under windows, in kitchen cabinets, within bookshelves or even the floor. You may also want to consider investing in power outlets that include USB ports in order to minimize the nest of wires and splitters.
The team at Automation Design + Entertainment can help you lay a solid and reliable foundation that’s robust for today’s technology and tomorrow’s. Give us a call to find out more.