More devices simultaneously connected, increase in data transferring, your Internet strength can be put to the test. So before you invest in a smart-home solution, here are our tips on how to make your Internet keeps up.
We, at Mila, have lost count of how many clients call us complaining of smart home devices that are slow or lag. Often they bought the gadgets without checking their Internet plans, bandwidth requirements, or router capabilities. It happens!
Thankfully, most smart home devices don’t really require a lot of Internet bandwidth, and small changes to your data package can solve most issues. A smart home is all about interconnectedness, and that is achievable only through WiFi networks. So, when you bring in smart devices like lights, speakers, TVs, or digital assistants like Alexa, they communicate with you and with each other through your Internet connection. The Internet is what makes them smart, and without it, they would just be like manual electronic devices!
So to enjoy the real vibrancy and full awesomeness of smart home tech, you need Internet speed and data limits that allow them to work effectively.
Smart bulbs or thermostat or a coffee maker doesn’t use a lot of Internet bandwidth. All they need is a short blip to receive the command, and that’s it. However, devices like security cameras or video doorbells that use streaming video are data suckers! On top of the needs of your new devices, you must also account for existing bandwidth usage such as for your laptop or smartphone.
Added together, all this technology can drain your bandwidth plans pretty fast.
(So the basic rule of thumb is to add 5mbps for every 10 smart devices, not including the ones that use video streaming. If you have a device that uses video such as a smart security camera, then we recommend you bump this up to 10mbps).
This is a good time to consider upgrading your router. You will need newer models, which can handle the speed requirements of your new smart devices. So, in case your existing equipment is more than a year or two old, we recommend you buy or rent a new router. And don’t forget to place it in the right spot for optimum signal dispersal.
Do poke around in the settings of your devices to adjust them to save bandwidth. For example, consider whether you really need 1080p video setting for your smart doorbell or security cameras; maybe 720p would do the job?