Connected Homes Are Here. Is Your Broadband Solution Ready?

“Smart” is quite possibly the word of the year in 2015. From connected homes to smart toothbrushes (yes, we did just type those words), it seems that every device in our day-to-day life has the capability of being connected to the Internet. The future is here, and it’s connected to the Internet at every corner.  When it comes to finding the right bandwidth solution, you’ll need to look at how the rooms in your house are becoming more connected by the minute.

Kitchen

With how much time is spent in the kitchen, it would make sense to take advantage of smart technology at every corner. Refrigerators, dishwashers and coffee pots all have the capability to make our lives more efficient. In fact, 10% of people surveyed in an Icontrol Networks study said the coffee pot was the top appliance they’d like to have read their mind. A warm cup of coffee in the morning? Sounds delightful.

Bedroom

The sanctuary of your home, the bedroom and Internet-connected technology are the perfect combination. Of the most popular products this year, smart thermostats topped the list. Everyone has that “perfect temperature”—it’s the one that helps them fall asleep with ease. With a smart thermostat, it’ll react to your requests, the environment around it and data on you to make the bedroom perfect.

Around the House

The beauty of a connected home is convenience. Everything you’d like to control around your home can be done from your cell phone. From locking the doors to turning off lights and adjusting the thermostat, it’ll all be at the touch of a button. All of these items, including home monitoring cameras, topped the list of most desirable smart home devices.

Excitement around smart homes is bustling. While security remains a top priority, energy savings and convenience are racing to the top of the list. Is your home ready for the upgrade?

Without a reliable Internet connection with fast uploading and downloading speeds, you’re going to run into problems. You’re probably already working from home, while the kids watch Netflix on tablets and a Nest thermostat is running in the background. If you have 15 megabits, it’s not enough speed.

In fact, the FCC recommended in January 2015 that broadband speed would be redefined as 25 megabits per second or faster and upload speeds of 3 Mbps or faster. That’s the type of speed you’ll need for all the things you’d like to do.

Do you know what speed you currently have? See what speeds you need to get your home connected.