Kaia Rutledge. Smart Home. May 25th , 2018.
There are a few big reasons that people aren't transforming their house into full smart homes today:. The first is cost. Right now the technology necessary to get all of your appliances communicating with one another for energy conservation is cost-prohibitive for most people. "Retrofitting a house with the latest smart meters, smart monitors and energy-efficient "green" technologies can cost $10,000 or more." It won't always be this way. As the technology becomes more popular and easier to produce it will become more affordable for everyone. The second reason is because new homes are a small part of the market. Retrofitting an old place to make a modern home is more expensive than creating a smart house from scratch so the majority of the modern homes today are brand new construction homes. However these make up only a small percentage of the house sales market. And the last reason is “confusing” technology. In order for the average homeowner to adopt smart technology it needs to be super simple, user-friendly and intuitive to use. Right now some of the smart home technology is more advanced and people are intimidated by it. As we get more and more used to using it this problem will go away and smart homes will become the norm.
Every smart home needs a wireless WIFI network too, but it's much more difficult to reliably distribute digital content about your home using WIFI - you will save countless hours and money by choosing a wired LAN as the backbone of your digital home. If you absolutely must use WIFI, ensure you invest as much as possible in your router and choose one with fantastic antenna performance and range, as well as the latest specification of WIFI available in the market. Since we are focusing on a budget smart home, "powerline" Ethernet adapters are not recommended due to their relatively high cost versus reliability. But if you are confident in their performance, they can be superior to WIFI.
The idea of homes that we can interact with, program and monitor has been around for quite awhile. With the advent of wireless, bluetooth, RFID and the host of other networking technologies available we are beginning to see a flood of new home automation products appear on the market.
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