Smart Home Lagging? Reliable Networking Is Crucial

on 07.23.21

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Few things are more frustrating than when you’re in the middle of an action-packed movie and suddenly it starts to buffer. The movie stutters, stops, restarts … and just when you think it’s fixed, it does it again.

If you have guests, it’s even more embarrassing. You wanted to impress your friends and family with your amazing home theater. But despite all the expensive A/V gear you purchased, the connectivity still falls short.


In the majority of cases, smart home networking problems are to blame. And if you have other smart-home integrations, then you’ve got even bigger problems than the streaming hiccups.

Here’s what you need to know.

the importance of dependable networking

Smart home technologies are only as good as the network they reside on. In a fully integrated smart home, networking gear can consist of several components, including routers, switches, wireless access points, and cabling for wired devices.

Any one of those components can be the culprit for connectivity issues. So if you’re not using the right gear, installed the right way, then problems are virtually guaranteed.

examples of common issues include:

  • Poor-quality video streaming
  • Smart devices that constantly lose connectivity or become totally unresponsive
  • Lighting that seems to work “when it wants to”
  • Security cameras that drop offline when you need them most
  • Door locks and access control technologies that are dangerously slow and reliable
  • Slow Internet speeds

Smart-home automation should make your life simpler, not more frustrating. So it’s critical that you have a dependable networking backbone for your connected technologies to work as designed.

2 common wi-fi culprits

The two most common reasons for connection problems in a home are:

not enough wireless coverage: Maybe you have a single Wi-Fi router, but you also have smart devices all over your home. To gain reliable Wi-Fi coverage across the residence, you will likely need several additional wireless access point (WAP) devices, strategically installed in the right areas.

bad WAP locations: Maybe you already have wireless access points throughout your home. But if they’re not in the right locations, then a strong connection will never be possible. We see this all the time when evaluating client’s systems.

new advancements in residential networking

Another common connectivity issue is outdated tech. Networking technologies have come a long way over just the past few years, especially in terms of Wi-Fi standards.

For example, new Wi-Fi 6 technologies are up to 3 times faster than the previous generation. Plus, they allow a lot more simultaneous connections from a single WAP. So if your family is streaming multiple movies at the same time, in different rooms, and using other home automation, then you can depend on the connection to remain fast and stable. With older tech, this simply isn’t possible.

why AVDG?

AVDG provides robust networking solutions to power your home’s connected devices with the fastest and most dependable gear available.

Unlike most integrators, our skilled technicians are experts in both AV and IT solutions. This ensures that all your deployed technologies are seamlessly unified for maximum performance and reliability.

We custom-design our networking deployments for every client, according to the specific needs of the network and environment. So your devices work like they should and can be scaled easily as your demands grow.

Plus, we offer 24/7 remote monitoring of your network performance, so that our technicians can address any issues at the first sign of a problem. And, in the event that we cannot solve an issue remotely, our remote access allows us to gather the data we need to fix issues much faster if an on-site visit is needed.

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Contact us today to learn how our networking solutions can enhance your home’s AV and automation.