When it comes to smart homes, all that comes to mind would be ‘convenience’. The conception of a smart home is often tied to the idea of control over voice or mobile app. If you’re reading this, you probably have the intention to turn your ordinary home into a smart home. To start off, there are 3 key factors to consider when choosing your smart home system: convenience, security, and comfort. The dilemma between wired and wireless systems shall also be determined by these 3 factors.
How do wired smart homes differ from wireless smart homes?
A wired smart home lighting control system entails that all circuits and cables are consolidated to one location. It is important to plan out the wiring for each device before carrying out the installation. Or else you will find yourself entangled in all sort of wires running around your home very soon.
On the other hand, the wireless smart home lighting control system communicates using radio waves, like wifi, thus eliminating the need to hack your ceilings and walls to run the lines.
Both lighting systems will allow you to control via smartphone or smart panel and able to connect with other smart home devices. To select the right lighting for your home, you can find out more in our ultimate guide in choosing your home lighting.
Why are consumers attracted to wireless smart homes?
There are a few reasons why some people would very much prefer wireless over wired:
Installation of the wired system is more costly than the wireless system. It requires more manpower to install such system. Typically you will need a technician to hack and patch the walls and ceilings to run the cables before a smart integrator specialist come in to setup the system. All these additional costing explains why a wired system can be pricier than a wireless system.
Having eliminated the need of cutting out walls and ceilings, the time and labour spent on installation are greatly reduced. The process is much simpler for the wireless system since it is less invasive and less cabling work is needed, making it ideal for retrofitting an existing home. Since there is no extra cable required, you wouldn’t have to struggle with connections and aesthetics. However, in order to build the wireless home system, wireless adapters and routers are required which may account for an additional portion of the cost.
It is true that having a wireless system may hamper the security network since passwords can be compromised without one’s knowledge. This happened mainly because older technologies tend to be more vulnerable and easier to be hacked. This can be curbed by incorporating encryption technologies or using newer protocol for your network, which provides stronger security.
The most often asked question by homeowners is “Can I still control my smart lights when my internet network is down?”. In that case, you may want to find smart lighting that equipped you with the capabilities to control your lights during such incidents. VIO offers a range of high-performance lightings that has just the right solution for you. When your Wi-Fi is down, VIO smart system will automatically switch your smart device to Bluetooth connection. This allows you to adjust your lighting on-site and continue with your daily tasks.
No Device Limits
This supports multi-generation and multi-users living under one roof. You and your family members are able to control your lighting from your own smart device instead of a central switch. There is no need to fight over the control switch anymore. In addition, VIO’s smart lighting is ideal for all ages and for various activities within the confines of your room. You have the freedom to customise individual lights, to accommodate for work and play in the same space.
While there is an increase in people transitioning to wireless technology, most houses still run on hybrid systems – which make use of both wired and wireless infrastructure. For example, wired systems are recommended for smart home devices like CCTV where you might want it to be available 24/7 and for smart devices like lightings that require more cabling to install, many turn to wireless systems instead to attain the interior aesthetics they want.
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What is VIO?
VIO is a local brand that believes technology is most powerful when everyone has access to it. We take innovation to the extreme. We challenge and shatter the norm relentlessly, always searching for ways to elevate the quality of life. At the end of the day, we move with a singular goal in mind – to seamlessly integrate smart luxury into everyday life.