A Smart Home requires a technology infrastructure that uses a hybrid of wired (ethernet) and wireless networks (Wi-Fi, Z-Wave, Zigbee, Bluetooth, etc).
The backbone of your Smart Home should be a wired network for optimum performance. Wired networks are more reliable and faster. The main disadvantages of wired networks are installation time and cost. Wireless networks can be setup quickly and are generally less costly. The main disadvantages of wireless networks are reliability and speed. Wired and wireless networks have equal security risks.
Wireless networks have the following potential sources of interference: Microwave ovens, Direct Satellite Service (DSS), Power sources, 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz phones, Wireless RF video, Wireless speakers, Certain external monitors and LCD displays, Poorly shielded cabling and other wireless devices (wireless cameras, baby monitors, a neighbor’s Wi-Fi device).
Wireless networks have the following potential barriers of interference: Wood (low), Synthetic Material (low), Glass (low), Water (medium), Bricks (medium), Marble (medium), Plaster (high), Concrete (high), Bulletproof Glass (high) and Metal (high).
A wireless and wired hybrid network is the most effective and efficient solution for the infrastructure of your Smart Home. This solution provides the best performance, convenience, and reliability today and in the future.
Mike Battaglia is President of Next Smart Homes.