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With as much as the world is changing today, is the technology we use the most changing with it? We have heard a lot about LTE and 5G when it comes to our phones. For us, speed is our number one priority and availability is an extremely close second. Arguably, however, we spend most of our connected lives at our places of residence.  So, is your Wi-Fi up to par?

What is Wi-Fi 6?

 Wi-Fi 6 is the next big thing for all of us and it is more than just an upgrade to speed. So, first off, what is Wi-Fi 6? It is the successor to Wi-Fi 5 which most everyone has currently. It will still connect you to the internet just this time around it has a multitude of additional technologies to be more efficient. Wi-Fi 6 is faster, it is stronger, and it reaches farther than its predecessor. 

The Difference.

 How fast is Wi-Fi 6 compared to Wi-Fi 5? The short answer is that is 3.5 Gigabits per second faster coming in at a whopping 9.6 Gigabits per second. Granted, that maximum is not a speed that the everyday person would reach on their everyday device. However, this speed does not have to go to just a single device as it can be split across all the devices on the network. With the average household amount of devices going up, this is huge! The other big point that makes Wi-Fi 6 faster than its predecessor is that those “additional technologies” it boasts allow it to abandon the queue line style system that Wi-Fi 5 was built on. What this means is that on Wi-Fi 5 if someone were to attempt to load two web pages simultaneously on two different devices, they would “queue” and one would load first then the other. With the successor, Wi-Fi 6, both pages would load simultaneously.

Wi-Fi 6 not only has better speeds, but also better range compared to its older brother Wi-Fi 5. Firstly, what limits the penetration of a Wi-Fi signal? The biggest one is metal and water, not a common issue for signal inside the house unless you are boasting a giant fountain or waterfall in your living room and covering the walls with tin foil. The second biggest obstacle is glass, this means windows as well as mirrors which are a lot more common in the home than water. The least of the big ones is drywall, it will not completely stop the signal but as it must penetrate more and more layers the weaker and weaker the signal will get. So, what is Wi-Fi 6’s solution to this issue? The optimization of an existing frequency called 2.4 Gigahertz. This frequency was introduced with Wi-Fi 4, however, the jump to Wi-Fi 5 made backwards compatibility difficult for devices still operating on this wavelength. This band of frequency allows Wi-Fi 6 to penetrate through more layers than the restricted Wi-Fi 5 is able to. 

The Rub.

So, how can you get your hands on this ultra-sweet new technology? Unfortunately, if your router is not already Wi-Fi 6 enabled, you will have to spend money to get a new one. If you cannot afford one currently keep your head up as the technology grows and improves the prices are declining as production increases.

Home automation systems have become increasingly popular in recent years, and for good reason. With a home automation system, you can control various aspects of your home from a single device, such as your smartphone or tablet. This can include lighting, temperature, security, and entertainment. By automating these systems, you can improve the convenience and comfort of your home, while also reducing energy costs and enhancing security.

Here are 10 essential smart home upgrades that can improve your comfort and convenience:

1. Smart Thermostat – With a smart thermostat, you can easily control the temperature of your home from your smartphone, no matter where you are. This can help you save energy and reduce your monthly utility bills.

2. Smart Lighting – Smart lighting allows you to set the perfect ambiance in your home with the touch of a button. You can control your lights from your smartphone, schedule them to turn on and off automatically, and even change their colors to suit your mood.

3. Smart Locks – Smart locks can be a game-changer for home security. You can lock and unlock your doors remotely, grant access to guests, and even receive alerts when someone enters your home.

4. Smart Security System – A smart security system can help you keep your home safe and secure. You can monitor your home from your smartphone, receive alerts if there is any suspicious activity, and even control your security system remotely.

5. Smart Garage Door Opener – With a smart garage door opener, you can open and close your garage door from your smartphone. This can be incredibly convenient when you have your hands full and can’t get to the garage door opener.

6. Smart Doorbell – A smart doorbell allows you to see who is at your door and speak to them from your smartphone. This can be especially useful when you’re not at home and want to speak to a delivery person or guest.

7. Smart Home Assistant – A smart home assistant like Amazon Alexa or Google Home can help you control your smart home devices with your voice. You can ask it to turn on the lights, adjust the thermostat, and even play your favorite music.

8. Smart TV – A smart TV can be a great addition to your home entertainment system. You can stream your favorite shows and movies, control your TV with your smartphone, and even use voice commands to find the content you want.

9. Smart Speaker – A smart speaker like the Amazon Echo or Google Home can be used to play music, answer questions, and control your smart home devices with your voice.

10. Smart Appliances – Smart appliances like refrigerators, ovens, and washing machines can be controlled from your smartphone, making your life easier and more convenient.

These 10 essential smart home upgrades can improve your comfort and convenience, save you money on your utility bills, and enhance your home security. Whether you’re a tech-savvy person or a newbie to smart home technology, there’s something for everyone. With these upgrades, you can create a smart home that is more efficient, enjoyable, and comfortable.