First, let’s break down what uses the network and, in turn, affects its performance:
- Multiple TVs streaming music or shows - especially in 4K
- General internet usage (especially video-streaming) on other devices like computers or phones and tablets
- Streaming music and distributing it to various speaker systems
- Any control system: lighting, motorized shades, and security
These are just a few standard examples. As the size of the home increases, the need for a stable network grows with it.
Bandwidth is the amount of data being accessed or used in a moment. Each smart device uses bandwidth when working, and the amount of bandwidth available is directly tied to the strength of the home network.
Imagine that in our earlier example, the client’s music started buffering when the automated shades were activated. If the network doesn’t have enough bandwidth to support a variety of activities and devices, this could easily be the result.
This is why a strong, well-rounded network is essential to a properly-functioning smart home.