The emergence of more and more IoT devices on the market means a whole new world of possibilities for home automation, however, the more you plug into our home network, the more pressure it puts on your broadband connection.
So, exactly how fast does your internet connection have to be in order for your home automation set up to run smoothly? Well, that’s something that we’ll take a closer look at now.
Smart Home Set-Ups
For the uninitiated, a smart home is typically a network of devices connected to the internet that deal with home energy conservation, security, lighting and whatever else is linked to it. The good news is that whilst there is a lot of information shared by these devices, they don’t generally place too much of a burden on modern internet connections – depending on how fast yours is.
When speaking about smart light bulbs, door locks and smoke detectors, you don’t need a terribly fast connection, however, when those devices that deal with video are used, the data usage goes up significantly. Video doorbells and security cameras require much more data, with devices like Nest Cams requiring something in the region of 4 Mpbs in order to upload an HD video. If you have much less than this, you can quickly experience buffering.
So, How Fast is Fast Enough?
As a rule of thumb, you should be gauging your broadband requirements in line with how many devices you have plugged in. This rule of thumb dictates that you should be looking to have at least a 5 Mbps connection for every ten devices plugged into your home network. Should you be intending to install cameras into your home, you need to be adding another 5 Mbps to your minimum requirements.
Should you live in an area that has a fiber optics available, you should have no problem in sourcing a suitably quick connection, however, if you’re having to rely on a standard ADSL line, you might have to be selective with the home automation equipment you use or you could find some of your devices lagging or not working.
Helping Your Network
One way to help your broadband connection operate smoothly is to manually adjust how much data each of your devices is using. You could, for example, set your security cameras to a lower resolution or adjust how often some of your other devices use the internet. Either way, the more you can do to lighten the load on your connection, the more easily it will find coping with your demands.
Even the best and most expensive IoT equipment on the market relies on a good internet connection to operate, so ensuring yours is up to the challenge will go a long way to making your home automation network a smooth and well-operating one. The good news is that typically speaking, you don’t need a hyper-fast fibre connection to do so, especially if you get clever with how you configure your devices.
At Sure Universal, we offer the complete software platform of home automation solutions, as well as a range of services such as Sure Remote, Sure Gateway and Sure Cloud to allow our clients to create scalable, secure and user-friendly IoT solutions. If you would like to know more about anything discussed here, we recommend you take a look around our website www.sureinversal.com where you’ll find lots of useful information.
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Thanks for reading. We’ll see you again next time with more from the home of IoT.