You may not know it, but there’s a good chance the WiFi running throughout your home is outdated. However, it’s important to know that your router is actually the culprit. While it used to be able to deliver fast internet to your laptop and smartphone, it wasn’t built to handle the demand of all the smart devices, consoles, tablets, 4K TV’s, thermostats, and more vying for bandwidth today.
In today’s age where over 82% of the UK’s population has at least one smart device, it’s imperative that we have a WiFi network that’s built to handle the devices of today and tomorrow.
Statistics show that by 2023, the average UK smart home will have over 50 connected devices. Currently smart speakers remain most popular (11% of households own at least one), ahead of a smart thermostat (6%), lighting (5%) and security (3%).
Reports show that once someone buys one smart home device, they are more inclined to purchase another. Among people who currently own at least one smart appliance, consideration for getting other smart devices increases to 40%.
The need for WiFi 6
WiFi 6 allows more devices to connect and stream simultaneously, without impacting speed or reliability by scheduling up to 12 streams at once and efficiently packing and scheduling data. The result? Deliver the fastest WiFi to all your connected devices. With more and more people realising the need for smart home technology, WiFi 6 is must have to enable your smart home to run without any hiccups.
As predictions of smart home devices growing, these devices are going to take a toll on your network. Your router can only communicate with so many devices at once, so the more gadgets demanding Wi-Fi, the more the network overall is going to slow down.
Wi-Fi 6 introduces some new technologies to help mitigate the issues that come with putting dozens of WiFi devices on a single network. It lets routers communicate with more devices at once, lets routers send data to multiple devices in the same broadcast, and lets WiFi devices schedule check-ins with the router. Together, those features should keep connections strong even as more and more devices start demanding data.
Contact Integrated Logic today for all your smart home technology needs, and to discuss how Wifi 6 can help you.