With people across the UK spending more time than ever at home, many have chosen to invest in more smart technology.
Research has shown that 24% of people have invested in at least three smart home devices in the past twelve months.
The top smart devices that are owned in the UK are:
- Smart TV – 45%
- Smart speaker – 32%
- Smart thermostat – 18%
- Smart light bulb – 17%
- Smart wifi router – 16%
Smart doorbells and security cameras are also set to be popular as we increasingly rely on shopping deliveries. It’s no surprise as well that smart thermostats have been popular – energy bills have soared as we all work from home more.
Mercedes has even released a new car that allows you to control your home from your car!
So with all this smart tech emerging, is our broadband fit for purpose?
The UK needs faster, more reliable broadband, which is why the government has launched ‘project gigabit’ to help get ultra fast (100mbps) speeds to as many people as possible. It is relying on providers like Solway Comms to roll this out, particularly in hard to reach areas.
If you are considering several smart devices in your home, particularly doorbells and security systems, it is wise to invest in speeds of at least 20mbps download and upload.
Uploading video content from smart doorbells and security systems can take up a lot of bandwidth.
Having a series or network of smart devices could slow down speeds for what you might call ‘traditional’ internet use. Things like watching Netflix or video calls.
Basic smart devices like plugs and bulbs don’t really slow your connection down too much, and most routers are able to function with a number of connected devices.
We’re happy to help chat through your needs and provide a connection that matches all of your smart home needs.