The Backbone for the Smart Home
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.
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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.
With the increase of security cameras and home automation, the network is also critical from the operation of the system of smart sensors and locks to security. The network will be critical to the home automation system being able to quickly transmit data and commands to the other components.