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Smart Outlets That Are Actually Reliable

These work the way you want them to work

The huge draw of smart outlets is that they can give control over any appliance in your house, from practical appliances like desk lamps through to luxury oddities like LED feature lighting.

But it isn’t really practical or desirable in most situations to have just one smart outlet. After all, once a homeowner gets a taste of the automation options, they’ll typically want control over a range of home appliances.

Unfortunately, many who decide to integrate smart outlets throughout their home will run across one or more frustrating problems.

  • Some devices may not reliably respond to commands.
  • Multiple devices may turn on or off when you’re only trying to control one.
  • There may be annoying delays which increase as you add more outlets.

It’s probably not a big surprise then that many smart home enthusiasts frequently give up at this point, simply assuming the technology is glitchy. This is a shame, because it may simply be that you’re using the wrong technology for your needs!

Home Technology Pros are experts in home automation and smart outlets. If you want multiple outlets working together, you can always just give us a call on (916) 547-2583.

The Problem With Wifi Smart Outlets

So, where do people frequently go wrong?

Put simply, they’re using WiFi smart outlets.

WiFi is an amazing tool for transferring lots of data without wires. After all, that’s what it’s built for. The problem is, it absolutely was not built for home automation.

Using WiFi to control multiple smart devices is a bit like using a sports car to get around a golf course. A Porsche will perform great on the open road but it just wasn’t built to handle all those tight turns, water hazards and bunkers.

WiFi encounters the same kinds of problems. Used to control many devices, WiFi causes latency (delays in signals moving back and forth). It also struggles to coordinate multiple devices seamlessly and uses way more power than it needs to.

You end up with a bloated system that just can’t cope with the need to rapidly prioritize across multiple devices.

 

The Solution

The good news is, WiFi isn’t the only protocol designed for transferring data wirelessly. In fact, there are much better tools designed specifically for this kind of job.

Zigbee and Zwave are two smart outlet protocols we highly recommend for our customers. Both offer the following advantages:

They Use Less Power

They’re designed to send a simple signal out to a network of outlets using a minimum of data and power. This doesn’t just make them economical, it means you’re dealing with much less traffic on your network.

They’re Low Latency

Again, owing in large part to the design priority of maximum simplicity and minimum bandwidth, Zigbee and Zwave devices are fast. Whereas WiFi struggles to handle such small packets of data swiftly, these devices are made to send and receive commands almost instantly.

They’re Built For Device Interoperability…

…which is just a techy way of saying, they’re made to work together as part of a complex network. WiFi smart outlets easily get confused if there’s a clamor of outlet signals. Zigbee and Zwave devices don’t.

Both have their own advantages and which you go with will depend on your own setup.

The easiest way to choose the right product is to come to us for help!

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  • If you have tried smart outlets and were disappointed with the result...
  • If you’re interested in setting up multiple smart outlets but aren’t sure where to begin...
  • If you’re keen on a free home assessment to explore the options for home automation...

Then Home Technology Pros can help. Pick up the phone and talk to us on (916) 547-2583