The Role of Internet in Powering Your Smart Home

The automation of everything in your home is what having a smart home is all about. You can have lights turned on and off just by passing through rooms. Every appliance in your house can be set up on timers, including your heating and air conditioning, but can still be manually controlled through the sensors and panels that are all interconnected. And if you remember the clap-on/clap-off lights you can understand how nice it is to be able to speak aloud and have something done for you, through the main hub of the system.

All of this is made possible through the Internet of Things (a discussion for another day), and the controls and sensors that go to the main brain of the smart home. But none of this is possible without the use of the internet. If you have a slow connection, or if you have a bad service provider, you will be struggling to keep things running smoothly. Let’s check out a couple of things about the internet that may prove helpful to you.

Online Security

The days of having a security system for your home that blares an alarm to get attention is outdated. These systems are all connected to your mobile application, to a monitoring service, or both. Cameras are designed to pick up, and lock on, to anything that is out of the ordinary, recording as it goes.

The remarkable thing now is, though, that everything can be stored on the cloud, or on any other online platform designed for the task. Thieves and criminals can no longer take the recording device and be free from being identified. The security offered is like no other, but it all relies on the internet. If the internet is down, your security system will be down.

Your best bet is to have it hooked into a backup system that goes old school, and records into a hidden storage computer in your home, with a loud siren wired in.


Smart Homes do not work without a good internet connection and a good Wi-Fi set up. Every corner of your house will need to have a signal going to it for all the components in the home to work. It must also be able to reach outside were your lights and cameras are hooked up.

It is imperative that you ask yourself “what are the best NBN plans?” and do some research on it. Use a comparison site to find the best service for a price that does not break the bank. Try to have the main modem set up in a central location so when you hook up your router to so that it is placed in an optimal working area.

The router needs to be a top of the line one that can run all the devices that you have hooked up to the smart home, as well as any devices that people within your house will be using. It would be a promising idea to get Wi-Fi Boosters that plug into electrical outlets to enhance the signal throughout the house. You can always opt for the ones designed like a web that cover your entire house through a series of smaller routers.

Internet Speed and Broadband

On your keyboard type in “free internet speed test” and click on one of them. You need to know what the speed of your system is. Two areas are going to be important. The internet speed is how fast data is uploaded and downloaded. The internet broadband is how much data can be uploaded and downloaded at one time. You need to discover your speeds and then compare them with these charts to see if service provides your home with enough of both. If not, it is time to upgrade.

Final Thoughts

Before we know it all the new homes being build will be smart home compatible. Ranging from simple systems that are convenient, to complex ones that run everything around the house. As we move into the future the applications will become limitless, but for it all to happen internet is required. And not just your basic everyday internet. The internet of the future will be just as powerful as the smart home systems themselves, with less lag or little to no down time.

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