Why Wireless: The Smart Choice for Home Automation

You’ve probably heard the term ‘smart home’. It sounds like something you would want to have right?

This is what a smart home looks like.

The doors lock themselves at night time. Your lights turn off with just your voice. The aircon turns on when the room temperature rises above or below a set level. The garage closes automatically when you exit.

Wireless technology is here to make it all happen in a simple and cost effective way. In this article, we’ll explore why installing wireless devices is the smart move for anyone looking to make their home work harder and smarter.

What can the most common wireless smart home devices do for me?

Think of all those tasks you do on a daily basis at home. Locking and unlocking; switching on and off; turning dials up or down; trying to find the remote to do many of these things…It’s now possible to automate all these tasks and do it wirelessly. Here are the most common devices designed to make your life easier and your home more efficient.

  • Smart locks: Lock and unlock your doors without a key and let others in when you’re not there.
  • Smart garage and gate openers: Operate your garage and gate straight from your phone, from anywhere in the world. Never need a remote again.
  • Smart thermostats: Set your home’s temperature for comfort and to save money on your power bill.
  • Smart lights: Turn lights on and off, dim lights without a switch and more from anywhere. You can even set them on a schedule.
  • Security cameras: Monitor your home from anywhere to keep it safe.
  • Smart home assistants: Operate all your smart home devices from a single app, controllable with your voice.

 

activate your smart home security device, installed by smarter homes australia with your voice. In this image a women is sitting on a couch asking alexa to light up the driveway

What are the benefits of choosing wireless smart home devices?

For years we’ve been installing wireless smart home devices in homes across Southeast Queensland. We saw a need to bring top-quality customer service to an industry that seemed to care more about selling a product. We first seek to understand your lifestyle and budget so we can match you with the products that will make a difference. As technology advances and more wireless smart home devices come onto the market, we stay up to date on the latest offerings so we can provide you with the best options.

As a result of listening to many homeowners, we’ve learned the real-life benefits wireless smart devices can deliver. We’re happy to share these with you here.

  • Wireless smart devices are more cost-effective

First off, wireless devices are kind to your wallet. No more making big changes to your house’s wiring system, opening up the walls to install or paying to install metres of wires and cables. Plus, they’re energy-smart. Many wireless devices are compact and therefore energy efficient. Some run for a long time on battery power alone or because of their small size, require less electricity, saving you money on energy bills. Over time, these savings add up, making wireless the budget-friendly choice.

  • Installing wireless smart devices costs less

Wired systems are just more time-consuming to install. We won’t need to open up ceilings, drill holes in your walls or use long wiring networks when you go wireless. This means less time, less mess and more savings!

  • The placement for wireless smart devices is more flexible

You can place a wireless smart device practically anywhere in your home. A wireless security camera can be tucked away in a corner for the best location possible. The latest wireless video camera doorbells are sleek and narrow, designed with aesthetics in mind. A garage door opener device is so small you’ll barely notice it in your garage. This gives you the freedom to place smart home devices where it makes the best sense with your home design, without worrying about having to be close to existing wiring.

 

wireless home security camera installed in a home in brisbane by smarter homes australia

  • Wireless smart home devices are more aesthetically pleasing

Let’s face it, wires everywhere can be an eyesore. Nobody wants to see ugly wires running along the floor, down the wall or across the ceiling. Wireless devices keep your home looking sleek and tidy. This can also be achieved with wired technology, however it is very dependent on roof space and the design of your current home.

  • No wires means greater safety

Wiring into power can be a safety hazard. A wireless smart home device doesn’t suffer from these potential risks.

  • Setting up a wireless smart device system is scalable

Starting small and dreaming big is all part of the wireless way. Maybe you’ll begin with just a smart video doorbell or a couple of lights. As you get more comfortable, you can add more devices like thermostats, security cameras, or whatever new and exciting devices come out. Your system can grow with your needs and wants, all without redoing the whole setup. This can also be problematic with some providers of wireless technology that focus on a closed ecosystem, we only work with open-ecosystem products so you can be sure you’re getting the best quality products at all times.

  • Wireless smart devices can be updated as technology advances

The smart home device market is a dynamic market. It’s exciting to have new or updated products to consider, but it can be frustrating at the same time. Nobody likes to install something for it to be quickly replaced with a new and improved version. But don’t let this put you off. Most times these updates are software related only and can be sent over the internet. Exactly the way you update your phone or computer frequently. It’s like getting a new device without having to buy a new one. This means your smart home can stay up-to-date with the latest tech trends and security features.

Should I be worried about the reliability of wireless smart home devices?

We’re often asked what will happen to my smart home when the internet is down. Does your smart home shut down?

When you lose internet connection, the impact on a smart home varies, depending on the devices and systems you have in place. Here are the common effects when your wifi goes down:

  • Limited remote access and control: Without internet, you may lose the ability to control or monitor your smart home devices remotely, during the time the network is out of operation. This means you might not be able to turn lights on or off, adjust your thermostat, or check security cameras from your phone when you’re away.

 

  • Reduced functionality: Smart devices can rely on cloud-based services for some features, such as voice control through assistants like Alexa, Google Assistant or Apple HomeKit. These features may not work while the internet connection is down but they’ll resume as soon as connection is established again.

 

  • Interruption of routine: Routines you’ve programmed on your smart home devices that depend on internet connectivity may not run. For example, a routine that turns on your lights and plays your favourite music when you arrive home might not trigger. Or turning on your thermostat when the temperature reaches a certain point as forecasted, won’t happen without internet data.

 

  • Loss of software updates: Devices won’t be able to download software updates without an internet connection. This means they won’t get new features, bug fixes or security updates. These updates don’t happen too frequently, so as soon as the internet is connected again, your devices will update.

But you won’t loose complete functionality of your wireless smart home devices. 

  • Manual operation: In many cases, devices will still support some form of manual operation. For instance, smart lights can still be turned on or off at the switch, and smart thermostats can be adjusted directly at the unit.

 

  • Maintain control through bluetooth: Some devices continue to function normally through the bluetooth mode, which is your local network system. For instance, you can control your garage or gates through the bluetooth mode, even when wifi is not available. You won’t be able to control it remotely, but you can control it from anywhere within your house, as no data needs to happen through the internet. Likewise smart lighting comes with bluetooth mode. This means you can control the lights from your mobile phone even if the wifi is down.

 

a house gate being opened with a wifi gate opener device installed by smarter homes australia

Will my privacy be compromised if I go with wireless smart home devices?

As we’ve discussed, smart home technology offers fantastic convenience benefits, but it’s not without it’s downsides. The most common one is privacy concerns. By following these simple steps you can continue to enjoy the convenience while mitigating these risks.

  • Use strong passwords & 2-factor authentication: This rule applies to everything in your tech life. Your bank account, your identity, your health records and also your smart home devices. Ensure your wifi and smart home devices have strong passwords and turn on 2 factor authentication so you are protected.

 

  • Keep everything updated: Just like you update your computer, phone and apps, make sure your smart home devices and wifi router stay updated too. These updates often have important security fixes.

 

  • Be careful what smart device products you install: We’ve vetted all the products and suppliers we partner with. Only companies we trust make the list. We make sure they utilise the latest encryption and authentication protocols, ensuring the safety of your data and the privacy of your home. If you’re purchasing devices yourself, do as we do, and make sure they are from a trustworthy company. Cheap is likely to mean compromises and in many cases this includes a lower level of security and personal privacy.

 

  • Check privacy settings: Smart home devices have settings you can adjust, just like your computer and phone do. Turn off anything you don’t need, unless of course they are necessary like video and microphone on your video doorbell and security cameras.

 

  • Inform everyone: Make sure others in your home know these tips. Privacy is only as strong as your weakest link.

Doing these things doesn’t take a lot of time, but they can really help keep your personal information and your home safe!

The wireless way is the smart way

Wireless technology is changing homes for the better. With all the benefits like cost savings, easy installation and flexibility in placement, it’s simple to see why wireless is the smart choice for modern home automation.

At Smarter Homes Australia, we’re committed to delivering cutting-edge wireless solutions that empower you to transform your home into a smarter, safer, and more efficient living space. Contact us today! We’d be happy to discuss all the wireless smart home options available to you.

Wireless Smart Home Devices FAQs

  • Can I install wireless home devices myself?

Yes we know you can purchase wireless smart home devices at the local hardware of electronics store. Some of the same brands we are partners with are available for purchase in store. But like many things in your home, you can do it yourself and it’s time consuming not only in doing the installation but also trying to determine what to buy and how to operate the devices. We’ve seen it time and time again when someone has tried to DIY it then come to use to fix the mistakes or redo the installations altogether. We bring the experience of working with all kinds of homes across Sth-East QLD to your situation. And the beauty of working with us, rather than buying your products from a general electronics or hardware store, is that we know how each product operates. You’re dealing with people who have the intrinsic knowledge of this industry and are easy to get in contact, even after the installation. Let us take away the hassle and time required to make your home smart and safe!

  • How do I connect everything so I don’t have multiple apps from each device?

If you’d like to install multiple wireless smart home devices we highly suggest installing a home assistant to make things even more convenient. With a smart home assistant you can now run all your devices from a single app. The ones we recommend and can install for you are: Alexa Amazon, Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit.

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