Brenton Morris, company director of Intelligent Home in Perth, seconds this and says to ensure good connectivity you need to cable between a home’s main areas. ‘A house isn’t meant to be completely wireless,’ he says. ‘If anything requires a lot of bandwidth, such as computing equipment, audio systems or TVs with gaming and movie streaming, then you need to run cables.’
Data from 2018 showed the average four-person household has around 17 smart devices operating at any one time, which is predicted to jump to around 37 devices by 2023. This will include anything from iPads or smart hubs, such as Google Home, to smart appliances.
Brenton says for high performance Wi-Fi connectivity, homeowners should have at least one good quality Wi-Fi access point because many ISP modems aren’t strong enough. They can also opt for UniFi Wi-Fi which runs devices on cable for fast and robust coverage.
‘What a lot of people don’t realise is that some wireless extenders can drop your signal by half,’ he adds. ‘But if you run a cable out to the back of the house and put on UniFi, you still have 100 per cent wireless network capability with normal speed.’
Consumers are currently interested in getting their house structurally ready for NBN, networking, and connecting the popular wall-mounted TVs. ‘Then it’s typically security, such as CCTV, with the third most popular option for spend being entertainment,’ Brenton says.