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Troubleshooting Electronic Devices

Once we upgraded our home by adding a new sound system and home theater system, we found ourselves neck-deep in electrical device problems. It seemed like no matter how hard we tried, we just couldn't figure out how to troubleshoot some of the devices. It was frustrating. Fortunately, a friend of ours took the time to come over and teach us more about figuring out electrical issues. After a little work, we were able to get all of our systems working beautifully. I wanted to make this blog to help other homeowners who might be bad with electronics. Read on to learn how to troubleshoot your gadgets.

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5 Reasons To Hardwire Your Home Automation Network

by Summer Li

While wireless connections have become practically ubiquitous in many homes, there are still many benefits to wired connections for essential home automation connections. Wiring a house for automation is a major renovation, but it's easily added during initial construction. Designing a wired network for your smart home could help you enjoy these four specific benefits.

1. Higher Quality Transmission

For relaying high definition video content to multiple screens, you'll need a wired connection. Even the best wireless routers still struggle to compete with HDMI cables when it comes to producing a clear and beautiful image. Wireless systems are prone to pixelation and developing other forms of visual noise, especially when multiple family members are straining the bandwidth and therefore limiting how much data is transferring in any given second. Since wired connections are all separate from each other, one family member's gaming won't effect another's enjoyment of a movie.

2. Reduced Interference

Interference in a wireless network does more than just interrupt streaming video. If it's severe enough, interference can send your entire network offline and leave you unable to access your automation functions until you can get home for a manual restart. Wired networks aren't affected by interference caused by wireless home phones, microwaves, and more. You'll enjoy reliable performance at all times, even if you live in an area with high interference levels.

3. Greater Security

All wireless networks, even the most well-encrypted ones, are open to brute force attacks from hackers. Wired networks are only accessible to devices physically connected to the wiring, so this greatly reduces your security risks. With hundreds of horror stories about hacked baby monitors and stolen personal data, you need to ensure your home automation system remains as secure as possible. For complete peace of mind, stick to traditional hardwired networks and systems.

4. Optional Wireless Connection

One downside to a wired home automation system is the lack of remote access via the internet or a smartphone. However, this is easily achieved by simply adding a wireless router to the automation hub for control of the wired equipment from afar. This kind of hybrid system offers the best of both types of installation, as long as you factor in the extra security required by the wireless router. You can still change the temperature, switch on lights, or check on your pets with a wireless connection while enjoying the reliability and high bandwidth offered by the wired method.