At Residential Systems Inc., we are often confronted with the question of why there is so much infrastructure needed for home technology. Since so many of these systems run wirelessly on the front end, a lot of homeowners don’t realize how much wiring it takes on the back end to get everything running smoothly. We have all come to rely on wireless everything, but the reality is the more complex our devices get, we realize that wireless isn’t actually all it’s cracked up to be. With all of the promise of convenience and simplicity, WiFi networks and unplugged devices are still infinitely more unreliable and less secure than those with wires. Below, we break down everything you need to know about wired and wireless technologies.
First, WHY or WHY NOT WIRELESS?
This seems like a no-brainer. It’s simple to install. No need to worry about wiring, cables, sockets or outlets. Plus, you can easily upgrade to the latest version of the device. Sounds pretty enticing, right? However, all wireless devices still require electrical power, whether it comes in the form of batteries (which need to be changed) or an electrical outlet. Wireless devices also rely on a WiFi signal, and (we have all been there) when you have too many technologies all vying for a piece of the bandwidth everything just slows down. This is frustrating, especially when you’re waiting to turn on your lights! Other drawbacks of wireless? Some elements of your home may block out the signal entirely such as aluminum sheeting, plasterboard, stone finishes, and even insulation. You won’t know if your smart devices are going to work until you set them up, and nobody likes wasting time with technology. With any device that relies on WiFi, there is always the risk of someone hacking into your network. If your security system runs on WiFi, you’re more susceptible to hackers gaining access to your cameras and even alert systems. Needless to say, your security system should be hard wired.
Wire-less doesn’t always mean no wires
Most devices need to plug or connect to some sort of wiring, especially if you want them functioning properly and communicating with your other devices. A wired infrastructure functioning on the backend of your system is a foolproof way for your smart home to actually operate like a smart home. Finally, integration between devices is limited with wireless. They don’t call it the Internet of Things for nothing—your home’s smart devices and automated system talk to each other to do the job they were built to do: make your life easier. Wireless devices are typically independent of each other which means you may have multiple apps on your phone just so you can unlock the the door, turn on the lights, and adjust the thermostat. Plus, the cost of each wireless device typically ends up costing more than reliable wired solutions. Wireless technology has to be outfitted with transmitters and receivers which tends to drive up the cost.
That is what you can expect when you wire your smart home technology. There are no connectivity problems such as dropout or inconsistent performance, and it won’t affect other wireless devices such as garage doors or smart home hubs. Installing wiring allows you to centralize your home’s services eliminating smart devices being spread around the house. There are no bulky add-ons to your lighting or cameras to make them “smart”.
Call a Pro.
You might think it’s difficult to wire an existing house, but professional integrators know where to install discreetly and can configure your devices to work together. Your home’s interior design will be kept intact, so there’s no compromise. If you’re in the market for a few home tech upgrades, then wireless may be a great option for you. They take less time and typically function well in small spaces. However, if you want consistency and reliability, then wired smart home tech is the way to go!
Give us a call if you’re looking to update your home, we have the expertise to design a smart home system catered to your lifestyle. 303-277-9983 www.residentialsystemsinc.com