What You Need To Know About Wiring Your New Home
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At Sound Investments, we are often faced with the question of why there is so much cabling needed for home technology. Since many of these systems run wirelessly , a lot of homeowners don’t realize how much wiring it takes to get everything running smoothly. Here’s What You Need To Know About Wiring Your New Home:
We have all come to rely on wireless everything, but in reality the more complex our devices get,the more we realize that wireless isn’t 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.
WHY OR WHY NOT WIRELESS
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Why wireless? It’s simple to install. No need to worry about cost of wiring. Plus, you can easily upgrade to the latest version of the device. Sounds like the way to go?
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 can be frustrating.
Other drawbacks of wireless is that 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 the house is finished, and you move in. Then it is too late.
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. Goes without saying, your security system should be hard wired.
WIRELESS DOESN’T MEAN NO WIRES
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Most devices will need to plug or connect to some sort of cabling. Hardwired devices are always more reliable and less glitchy. A wired infrastructure is a better way for your smart home to actually operate like a smart home.
Finally, integration between devices is limited with wireless. Your home’s smart devices and automated systems need talk to each other to do the job they were built to do. 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 being more costly more than reliable wired solutions. Wireless technology has to be outfitted with transmitters and receivers which tends to drive up the cost.
GETTING WIRED =RELIABILITY
That is what you can expect with a hardwired system. 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.
Furthermore, a properly wired home not only is more reliable but can easily be reconfigured when the purpose for a room changes like the home office getting moved to the basement. Now that you know what you need to know about wiring your new home, would you consider calling us?
CALL A PRO
Get it done right the first time before it is too late. a Pro will ask questions about how you will be using your home that you hadn’t even thought about.
If you are in the process of designing a new home,give us a call for a free consultation. You will be glad you did. Randy 970-302-1447