View Menu

Isn’t everything wireless?March 13, 2019

Isn’t everything wireless?

There’s still a home for wires, even in this wireless world

“Wireless” seems to be the word of the day when it comes to home automation. In this technologically-advanced world we’re living in, perhaps it just seems like that is the direction we ought to be going.

In fact, when our team meets with prospective clients looking to create a “smart home,” there is often a great misconception that everything is wireless. They simply envision a sleek and stylish space that is free of unsightly wires. However, it’s important to remember that we still need wires — even in a wireless world.

All devices need power. So, somehow, you need to connect your device to a power source. Of course, you have the option of using battery-operated components, but they tend to not perform as well and require frequent battery replacements or recharging. You will also likely experience inferior signal quality and reduced operating range if you go wireless. Networks also have a finite number of addresses, and devices create a lot of traffic, especially cameras, and have slower internet speeds.

That’s not to say a professionally installed wireless system is bad. With the right equipment and expertise, you can drastically improve reliability.

Wireless systems do provide greater flexibility for installers when trying to integrate automation into an existing home because they don’t have to be as concerned with accessibility to electrical sources. This allows creative freedom to place equipment for superior aesthetics and connectivity. This can be accomplished with wired installs as well, but it’s always easier and more efficient to implement those systems during the construction or renovation phase.

Another concern with wireless is consistency. Some systems and components work well in some homes and settings, but not in others. There are a variety of factors that contribute to this, but the point is, wired systems will work well regardless of the setting. This is important because you obviously don’t want to purchase equipment and go through the hassle of having it installed, only to discover that it doesn’t function properly.

Again, if installed by a reputable professional company, steps can be taken to reduce this risk and optimize performance and functionality. For best results, however, a wired system is the safer bet. Yes, the cost of a wired system will be higher than that of a wireless one, but with the greater reliability and peak performance, customers tend to see it as an excellent investment.

There are pros and cons to both wireless and hard-wired home automation systems, and we have briefly touched on them here. If you are interested in a “smart home,” these are all conversations that you should have with the company during the initial consultation.

At iHummingbird Elite, we will evaluate your home or commercial space as well as your objectives and provide you with our best recommendations. We are committed to creating an experience that delivers dynamic performance and exceeds your expectations.

Is your home elite?