In recent years we have seen a boom in the smart home technology trend, moving it out of the realm of a passing novelty and placing it firmly as an essential in how we live in and operate our homes. We find ourselves in a world where we can summon our virtual assistants through smart speakers and ask them to turn off the lights across the room while we enjoy our favorite snacks on the couch. Smart thermostats allow us to remotely operate our heating and air conditioning systems ensuring we come home after a long day to the perfect temperature. And smart doorbells, cameras and locks offer us a real-time view of our homes, with security and convenience that is unparalleled. It has become so second nature that we barely even think before we ask Siri or Alexa to set a timer or what the weather looks like for tomorrow. With so many conveniences attached through our WIFI, a strong, reliable internet connection is absolutely vital to keeping your home safe and your smart devices in communication with each other.


How to Get the Most Out of Your Smart Home Devices

 Types of Smart Devices and Their Benefits

There are a wide variety of smart devices on the market. We have mentioned smart speakers, doorbells, locks, and thermostats, but those are just the tip of the smart home technology iceberg. You can pair these with smart irrigation systems to easily maintain your yard. Smart plugs convert your existing appliances into smart devices. Smart smoke, carbon monoxide, and leak detectors provide in-the-moment details preventing potential disasters, and smart
appliances make meal prepping a breeze by showing you what is in your fridge from anywhere. You will never overcook your chicken again with an oven that tells you when food is ready. If these reasons weren’t enough, smart devices are more energy-efficient, allowing you to control your resources and save money. Your smart devices can connect to each other via Bluetooth or WiFi and can be voice-controlled with your smart speakers or remotely controlled with smartphone apps.


Don’t Get Caught up by Marketing Hype – Equipment is Key

Internet services have a tendency to capitalize on a consumers’ “need for speed” by marketing gig internet as the holy grail of speed packages. While there is truth in it being fast, it doesn’t paint the whole picture. The average user consumes about 8-12mbps per minute meaning people don’t use or need as much speed as they think they do. So, if speed is not fully to blame when you are tearing your hair out over Netflix’s endless buffering, what is? An internet’s speed is only as good as it’s equipment. Ensuring that you have modern, high-tech, updated devices like routers will increase the quality of your internet experience. It’s easy to place blame on the speed or bandwidth because it forces you to call to your service provider,
they up your speed, you spend more money, and in many cases still have buffering issues. All the while your 10-year-old router sits quietly in the background collecting dust and wreaking havoc on your Game of Thrones marathon. A simple upgrade in equipment could make all the difference in the world – you will see faster load times for your uploads and downloads and a lower chance of buffering, so you can watch your favorite shows without enduring skips and
pauses, and smoother video calls. There are infinite benefits of having a reliable smart home. Don’t spend another minute living with a spotty internet connection. Contact us, your local internet provider, to turn your home into the successful smart hub you deserve.