A lot has been said and written about how routing and networking hardware are the fundamentals of establishing an unshakable and reliable network. However, software comprising of a specific set of previously programmed instructions is what makes this equipment become the complete solution to the wide array of home automation setups.
What Are Mesh Networks?
How nice would it be if your home voice assistant (be it Cortana, Alexa, or any other) could be accessed, activated, and available to follow your commands in every corner and story of your house? Think for example of going to the bathroom while waiting for a visitor. They may knock and ring the doorbell to no avail, as you can’t get to them. Home automation setups provide easy solutions for situations like this and many more detailed tasks. Your voice assistant can be programmed and smartly integrated with a set of sensors, cameras, and door lock mechanisms to provide you with a hassle free experience. A single voice command will send you a live of feed of the door camera, at which point another voice command can open the door when your visitor arrives.
How Do Mesh Networks Work?
All of this and much more is becoming a part of the innovative use of mesh networks, where multiple transducers, sensors, switches, and hardware all are connected to each other in a non-hierarchical manner. They share and transfer data in real time manner, resulting in the entire house or apartment acting as a live web, utilizing one or many of the home automation protocols such as ZigBee, Z-Wave, Bluetooth, and Insteon. This form of technology has numerous advantages over the conventional one-dimensional network protocols which act as an overly relied carrier/pipeline for your data networking needs. Furthermore, the real-time transfer of data between multiple nodes simultaneously can be programmed to act independent of one unified central processing unit, hence creating a more reliable overall network.
Possibilities with Meshed Networks!
The utility of such integrated services all controlled by the routing hardware equipped with a brain of its own is quite fathomable. Instead of the customer paying for a separate processing unit equipped with the router which is controlling the data traffic and the installed features in the home, why not equip a routing card with a mind of its own that can be imbued with a neural networking database utilizing cloud computing spaces? This would improve security, reliability, and functionality, all while shrinking annual bills as time progresses.
How Would This Affect Home Security?
These mesh networks would be particularly handy when it comes to controlling your smart security systems. You can control your smart security gadgets from a much wider range for improved functionality. Plus with the recent successful merger with Amazon, Vivint wireless system can now be integrated with the amazing Echo speakers for seamless home automation. You can even have a hub installed in your private backyard and control your system while you are out enjoying the weather or a barbeque party with your friends and family.
In essence, this is the next step of evolution within the smart home automation systems, where routing hardware will now be factory programmed and integrated to work well with any of the aforementioned voice assistants, and will come with a vast range of compatible hardware offering cloud computing. This “central nervous system” of sorts will be responsible for maintaining all nodes lying in its vicinity. Customers now have the option to go for a meshed networking router. Although it is a more expensive option typically, it is nevertheless a wise investment for the future, envisioning the dream of smart homes of tomorrow, making everyday life easier.