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How do the retail solutions measure up to our products
Many consumers that are looking to add smart home features in their homes usually explore these options at their local big box retailer. Most of these retailers sell quality products at competitive pricing.
The issue is that homeowners that are looking to automate their home don’t understand what the drawbacks of certain devices are. That’s why Palladium is here to help educate you and build a solution that will simply work.
When people are looking to automate their home with all the new gadgets on the market, they need to educate themselves on how devices work and what the advantages and disadvantages are for each device.
Most devices sold in the retail space are Wi-Fi enabled. These devices range from plug in wall receptacles, wall switches, light bulbs, doorbells and locks. In most part, these devices work well once installed
What is the downfall of these Wi-Fi devices?
The home network the answer.
We won’t get too technical about networking, but we will try to explain what the downfalls of these products on your network.
Homeowners manage their home network in many ways, some people have their router supplied to them from their internet provider others purchase them form their local computer store.
The function of a router is to manage the traffic between all your networked devices as well as the traffic of your internal devices to the world wide web. In short, It’s the highway of your network.
Some of these routers are strictly for hard wired devices while other do both hard wired and wireless.
When purchasing a Wi-Fi device, people’s decisions to purchase can come down to price, brand or what the salesperson offers. The fact is that there are many options that can make the decision complicated.
Do I buy a 802.11 wireless ac, ad, ah N or G? What is best for me?
Each router can support a certain amount of traffic and devices before it gets bogged down. Think of it as a highway. Some have 2 lanes; some have 3 lanes others have 4. You can drive on any highway to get where you want to go but when too many cars fill the lanes, you start to slow down.
So how does this relate to home Smart services?
When you look at an average home with 4 to 5 people living in it. Then take into consideration the networked connected devices attached to it. The picture starts to clear up.
The networked home started with only your personal computer and maybe a tablet. This has grown over the last few years to add printers, televisions, media streaming, smartphones, kitchen appliances, Gaming Consoles, Google home or Alexa smart speakers or hubs and so on…
The addition of these devices to your Wi-Fi network will increase the traffic your router needs to handle thus may have some negative performance outcomes on your network. All the traffic generated by these devices is like more cars entering the highway. The router you have may be designed as a two lane highway thus slowing the traffic and making your experience a frustrating one.
When you add any new device to your home network, chances are that they are controlled in the cloud. What does this mean? Manufactures of smart devices create a management platform for their clients. When you add a smart device on your Wi-Fi Network, it creates a connection to the manufacturers cloud-based platform so you can gain access and control the device from anywhere in the world.
This technology does make it easy to use these products thus allowing you to take advantage of the smart home features. What most consumers do not realize is that their whole system is now reliant on their router being able to control all the traffic, their internet provider not limiting traffic or having an outage and their network being exposed to external cyber-attacks
When you install a smart home solution that was purchased from a big box store, chances are that you will not be able to integrate your security system with it. Our solution integrates a hub appliance that will control your existing security system with your new smart solutions.
Our smart hub uses Z wave and ZigBee technology to create a mesh network that will NOT load down your home internet service thus allowing you to stream movies, music and play video games without any lag.
By utilizing the local hub service instead of the cloud-based retail solutions, you ensure that all your programmed scenes for lighting and automation will continue to work if you lose connection with your internet service. Our hub network is also backed up by our M2M cellular network. This will not only ensure you have complete remote control of your smart home, but the security service will also still reach our ULC listed monitoring station in the case of a network failure.