HOW'S YOUR HOME NETWORK?
Written by Guest on September 14, 2016
Stop for a moment and think about the number of devices in and around your house that rely on your home network.
Ten years ago, this might have amounted to no more than a laptop, a desktop or two, and maybe a DVR. Today, your network is likely congested with tablets, TVs, media streamers, music systems, multiple smartphones—including those of your frequent guests—and maybe even a few appliances. And that’s not even considering the fact that the home network forms the foundation for any home automation system.
Needless to say, the local airwaves in your own home are likely crowded and getting increasingly so. That’s one reason that Control4 recently acquired Pakedge—creators of one of the most advanced, intelligent, and powerful networking solutions in the world.
What sets Pakedge apart from typical routers found at your local electronics store? First, an innovation called Pakedge Zones™. Think of these zones as individual networks within your home that segment and prioritize the various types of network traffic. You might have one zone dedicated to home automation, one for streaming audio and video, one for voice communications, one for web browsing and email, and another for guests who bring their own devices into your home. Better still, your installer can prioritize each zone independently to ensure that devices needing the most bandwidth get the most bandwidth when they need it.
In other words, the different types of network-connected devices in and around your home exist in their own little island networks, so your laptop doesn’t interfere with your home automation system and the Netflix streaming in the den doesn’t cause your security cameras to stutter.
The other big advantage of Pakedge’s network solutions: truly custom Wi-Fi designed and installed to provide perfect coverage for your home. Instead of relying on a single router in an out-of-the-way spot in your home, Pakedge relies on wireless access points placed strategically in walls or in ceilings around the home to give you perfect Wi-Fi in every room (and even outside!).
“People have learned to just accept the mediocre experience of Wi-Fi,” says Control4 Director of Product Marketing Brad Hintze. “They’ve gotten used to walking to a different spot in the house to get a better signal. With a system like Pakedge, improvements to wireless performance are immediate and obvious; the system has enough processing power and memory to support all of the wireless clients in the home, even if you host a packed dinner party. With Pakedge, mediocre Wi-Fi is a thing of the past.”