Are There Problems with Smart Home Solutions?
In 2016, 80 million “Smart Home” devices were delivered worldwide, which is a 64% increase from 2015. Analysts predict 2017 to be the “Year of the Smart Home” because companies behind this smart technology will be better about educating their consumers. With all of the attention that Smart Homes get today, one wonders if there are any problems with Smart Home products and integration? Let’s evaluate some of the reasons why people may experience problems with their home technology.
Potential Problems with Smart Home Integration
More Expensive – While the initial setup is actually quite affordable, the more you expand and add on to the components you wish to integrate into your home, the more expensive it can become. In actuality you can spend as little or as much as you want. The central hub itself is typically fairly cheap; however, it can become expensive quickly. Each component you add is another expense you will incur. For instance, if you start with automated lighting, then add other components such as an automatic thermostat, security cameras, automated locks, blinds, audio and visual, then the price will continue to rise.
More Complicated – One word…compatibility. Sometimes your devices are not always compatible with other smart home tech devices. To avoid experiencing interference with your components, you want to make sure you are able to control all of your integrated devices from one central place. Maybe it’s a hub, a router, software on your phone or in the cloud, but everything in your home has to talk to this central hub. In an ideal world, every new device that a consumer brings into the home should be able to work via the central hub device or the software and be able to share data with it.
It Can Be Hacked – The issue of security is at the forefront of everyone’s mind today. We no longer live in a world where we can leave our doors unlocked, and we certainly need to make sure we are digitally protected from possible cyber invasions. Take precaution and be proactive in making sure your router is secure. Make sure your passwords are complicated and that your router is secure. Also, change your router’s network ID name and factory-set password immediately from the default given with the device; which will make it harder for attackers to know the kind of hardware you use. Experts advise not to use a router provided by your Internet provider, as these are notorious for having security flaws. Always turn on your router’s encryption; WPA2 is a trusted standard in most router settings. Be sure to always keep your security software updated to avoid security vulnerabilities and obtain necessary patches.
DIY Problems – While some people like to watch YouTube and try to figure out how to do things themselves, we don’t recommend this when installing electronics into your Smart Home. Many of these devices have to be precise when coordinating their functions with other components. Just because products are becoming “smarter”, doesn’t mean they becoming easier to install or configure. The integration of your products into your Smart Home takes more than batteries and a power cord. The experts know how to integrate each of these products into your home and make sure the software is compatible with each device, allowing total control of your automated products.
Today’s Smart Home is an Investment
The benefits of a Smart Home are increasing every day. When all of the components are professionally put in place, home automation will be beneficial and valuable to your daily life. Since our lives are becoming more connected, it makes sense that our homes become more efficient as well. Let our experts ease your mind about your Smart Home. Contact us at (804)379-1348 to find out how you can make your home a smarter home.