In the last few decades, we have witnessed dramatic improvements in the world of technology. From the growth of the internet, nuclear power, blockchain technology, to custom cancer vaccines and dexterous robots, the world has undergone tremendous development in terms of technology. However, one of the biggest tech developments is the emergence of smart homes.
Generally, smart home technology refers to any suite of appliances, devices, or systems that are connected into a common network and can be remotely and independently controlled from a central repository. When your smart home works holistically as a single system, it can also be described as a connected home. For instance, your home lighting, thermostat, audio speakers, security cameras, fridge, locks, appliances, televisions, and more are all connected into a single system, which you can now control either from your smart home device or mobile phone.
When used appropriately, smart home not only enhances your home security but also helps reduce your monthly energy bills, enhances the level of convenience in your home by giving to complete control over your home, improves the functionality of your home appliances and also significantly increases your home’s resale value. Simply put, you have every reason to switch to smart home technology.
When correctly connected, smart home devices should seamlessly understand each other. And this means that they will respond intuitively to both your personal and environmental commands. Smart devices and appliances are extremely amazing, especially when they are functioning as intended. However, before you can enjoy all the magic that smart devices bring on board, you must ensure your smart home is set up properly. Unfortunately, sometimes this connection process doesn’t always go as smoothly as you would love. And if you are like most people, the smartness of your smart home comes from its connection to the internet. If you are currently struggling to have your smart home device connected to the internet, we have got you covered.
Below are some of the things you should do when your smart home isn’t connecting to a Wi-Fi network.
1. Reboot your router/modem:
This is arguably the quickest way to find a solution to your smart home Wi-Fi connection. Just reboot your router. Power down both devices or unplug them. Wait a couple of minutes before powering them on. The reason why rebooting your router could help is because sometimes, your router will fail to assign new IP addresses appropriately. This implies that appliances and devices that are currently connected will have a functioning IP address assigned. However, new devices won’t work at all. But by rebooting the router, these devices will re-establish their connections and the Wi-Fi device will automatically begin to assign new, valid IP addresses.
2. Reboot your central hub:
Similar to your connected devices, your smart home central hub could also remember the so-called bad information and sign in to an invalid IP address. So, after you have re-booted your router and the network is up and running, it’s time to reboot your hub to ensure it re-establishes its connection with the network.
3. Check the range of your Wi-Fi connection:
This might seem too simple, but it is equally an important step you want to take. You should consider moving your smart home device to a new place where it is fairly closer to the router. And if it starts working normally, then probably the range could be the problem. And it only means you’ll have to find a new location for your smart home device, closer proximity to your Wi-Fi.
4. Update the device:
An outdated firmware or software can also potentially result in connection problems. Connection issues will always arise when applications and firmware have become obsolete. You should also note that by just updating the apps won’t solve the whole issue. You’ll have to have a look at the device to ensure all the required firmware updates are effectively installed. Most smart home devices will always update themselves automatically and some will occasionally notify you of any recent updates. For instance, the Philips Hue system, Belkin’s WeMo system as well as Logitech’s Harmony hub will let you know when you need to refresh things a bit, and you shouldn’t ignore some of these warnings. And apart from making your smart home devices function well, these apps or firmware updates can equally patch security holes.
5. Carry out a factory reset:
If everything fails up to this point, your best bet toward troubleshooting your connectivity problems. Performing a factory reset on your smart home device will help diagnose the problem. The procedure for going about this may vary accordingly, and you’ll need to consult your user manual or contact your manufacturer.
However, if you are still unable to find a solution, don’t hesitate to contact our local smart home technician for assistance.