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Future Proof Your House With The Internet of Tomorrow
One of the major problems that we face nowadays is not having enough power sockets for the numerous gadgets we keep buying, the ones that apparently, we absolutely must-have. Now that smart home technology has come into the spotlight, it has not only changed our power socket needs but also our overall wiring needs.
Someday, when Wi-Fi is better and everything works on long-lasting batteries, we will not have to worry about wiring.
Until then however, you can read this article about why you should update the wiring of your house and how to set up a functional smart home for better connectivity.
Ethernet cables evolve. With each iteration, the goal is to make it better in terms of reliability and speed.
It is not simply enough to use a Cat8 cable to connect to your computer, if the wires that live in your walls are ancient. You need to update those to match the ones you connect to your devices.
You can do this process yourself or hire an electrician to do it.
If you choose to do this yourself, then here's how you can go about it:
- Start with removing the old Ethernet cables in the walls.
- Get wall plates that have space for 2 or 4 keystone jacks.
- You will have to fix the Cat8 cables into each RJ45 Keystone jack.
- Once you fix that, place the dust covers on it and then plug it into the wall plate.
- Before closing everything up, make sure that the wiring is proper and everything works. You can use a network tester for this.
- Establish a connection with your main internet inline into your house.
- Put everything back together and add finishing touches to your wall if needed.
- Plug in your new Cat8 Ethernet cables into all the RJ45 keystone jacks and into your modem and devices to enjoy blazing fast internet!
- I cannot stress the importance of better connectivity.
Now let's dive into a smart home setup that can make use of your new advance connectivity:
Start with a good mesh Wi-Fi setup. Wi-Fi dead zones are a big no for a connected home. Start with a smart home hub that has a decent screen. You can monitor and set up all the other devices with it.
Add a thermostat. You can save significantly on electricity with one that can automatically set the optimal temperature for your house. Another thing that will save you electricity is smart lights. You can operate them from anywhere so you never have to think about whether you turned them off or not halfway on your road trip.
The main reasons to have a truly smart and connected home is security, entertainment, energy saving, and convenience.
Now that we have covered the energy saving part, let's move on to the security aspect of it:
You get a smart doorbell that comes with a camera. The video captured from this camera can stream in your smart home hub and your phones as well if you want to keep a check on things remotely.
Additionally, you can put a camera in your living room to monitor it, in case you have babysitters taking care of your child. If you get parcels delivered to your house, then with such doorbells, you can keep an eye on the parcel.
The scope of entertainment in a connected home is vast. You can have music following you from room to room, wherever you go. A digital assistant tends to have features like playing music, and games as well as storytelling.
On the convenience side, a smart home is as if your whole house comes to your aid in your everyday life. If you have digital assistant speakers set up in every room, they work as an intercom so you can broadcast when dinner is ready. With a Wi-Fi mesh system, you can set the internet limits and restrict sites as well, making it safer for your kids to be on the internet.
A smart home changes the way you take care of your home, and therefore yourself. It reduces certain daily tasks with smart routines and elevates your way of living.
All of this is of course, next to impossible to do on a weak or spotty internet connection. To use the technology of the future, you need the wiring of the future and that begins by having cat8 cables running inside all your keystone jacks.