A Strategic Home Network Installation: The Secret to Your Smart Home

A Strategic Home Network Installation: The Secret to Your Smart Home

How Can Your Home Enjoy a Stronger Connection? Here at Digitech Custom Audio Video, we enjoy surrounding ourselves with the wonders of modern technology. We’re excited about everything happening in our clients’ homes in the Hamilton County, Indiana area and beyond, not to mention the incredible innovation we saw at CES in Las Vegas earlier this month. But none of these trends could manifest without a robust home network installation. Strategic networking might not seem as glamorous as rollable TVs or AI-enabled devices, but a strong connection speeds up lagging smart homes and keeps your smart technology operating at its best. Keep reading to see what Digitech Custom does to ensure that your connected home runs smoothly, no matter how many devices you’re using. SEE MORE: The Basics of Your Home Network What We Use Control4’s Pakedge equipment, our choice for home network installation gear, is designed to power A/V and automation systems. Our devices include high-powered chipsets to allow for incredibly fast speeds, even in congested multi-application smart home networks, while our innovative features help to prioritize lag-sensitive multimedia and video traffic, facilitate installation and management, and speed up overall network performance. We also coordinate with your Internet Service Provider (ISP) to ensure you have the ideal amount of bandwidth available at your property. How Routers Fail Routers are considered the catch-all solution for improving network performance, but many homeowners don’t consider their limited reach. For example, most routers only cover 150 feet, so clients with extensive homes should consider some additional wiring to increase coverage throughout their house. Keep reading to see what we suggest. Consider Wiring...
The Home Network

The Home Network

The Backbone for the Smart Home Bandwidth With the increase in consumers ‘cutting the cord’ and transitioning their audio and video sources to streaming, the network has evolved into the most important aspect of the home technology equation.  Video streaming eats up the most bandwidth. The first determination should be the speed you need from your Internet Service Provider (ISP) to support your streaming needs.  To support two simultaneous video streams, a speed of 10mbps would be needed.  Once you make the leap to 4K streaming, a suggested speed of 25mbps would be the minimum. Add in the additional tablets and mobile devices using the bandwidth for the rest of your family and you can see how quickly a family of four could start using the available bandwidth. SEE ALSO: SMART HOME AUTOMATION: A BEGINNER’S FAQ Hardware The network equipment supplied by your ISP is generally not good enough to support your network from a speed perspective as well as from a security standpoint.  Utilizing better equipment from a CI firm will allow your hardware to support the higher speeds and throughput of your network. If you had an increased internet plan of 50 to 100mbps, the consumer-grade routers supplied by your ISP can’t support the speeds.  When considering your needs for online gaming, low latency, the time it takes your computer to talk to the game server, is more important than bandwidth.  The majority of your bandwidth for online gaming is used to download the game. Security With the increase of security cameras and home automation, the network is also critical from the operation of the system of smart...