Wired vs Wireless Home Tech
Wireless technology is a beautiful thing. It gives us freedom to roam without being tied down by cables and chords. It seems like the perfect solution, until it isn’t. When it comes to smart devices around your home, here are a few quick tips on when it’s best to keep things wired.
Let’s start with the obvious. Cell phones, laptops, and other mobile devices all need to be exactly that. Mobile. They are the primary systems reliant on your wireless network, and therefor should be given priority.
TVs, even though many have wireless capabilities, are best to be hard-wired. This is an easy one as they already have to be near a power source, and it greatly alleviates the strain on your wireless network. If you do choose to keep your TV wireless, you may need to up the capacity of your network to prevent buffering.
Security cameras can go either way. Many DIY security systems rely on wi-fi and are battery powered, and for smaller applications this can be a good solution. However, as you add multiple cameras and zones to the system, that begins to be a lot of batteries to monitor and added demand on your network.
Speakers and audio systems are in the same middle ground. For smaller or single-room systems a standard wireless network will typically suffice. Whole-home applications on the other hand, especially in-wall products, should be hard wired.
When in doubt, a good rule of thumb is does the device have to move? If it does, go wireless. If not, wired is your best option. Still don’t know which your system should be? Just reach out to DMI and ask!