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Why Do Smart Home Devices Malfunction and How to Repair Them

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Why Do Smart Home Devices Malfunction and How to Repair Them

Smart devices for the home are becoming more and more popular by the day. Statistics show that the global smart home market is expected to hit $55 billion by 2022. Smart home devices are electronic equipment that is connected to other networks or devices through multiple wireless protocols such as Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth among many others. They can operate autonomously or interactively. Smart home devices not only make our life simple but they also make it enjoyable. However, just like any other electronic equipment, smart home devices are bound to malfunction. In this article, we are going to discuss common smart home device problems and how to fix them.

1. Poor connectivity

Poor connectivity is a common problem that most smart home device owner encounter. Some devices usually sync up through Bluetooth but most of them connect via Wi-Fi. Connectivity issues are not only annoying but very disruptive. The good news is that connectivity issues are simple and easy to fix.

Solution

If you are experiencing connectivity issues, then one of the best solutions is to upgrade your router. You also need to check the router and make sure that they are not too far from your smart home devices.

2. Hardware problem

Any smart home device owner will tell you that the last thing that they want to experience is a hardware problem. A hardware failure on a device like a security camera means that you have to replace the whole part that has malfunctioned. Common hardware failures include blown capacitors, blown fuses, failed circuit boards among many others. If your smart home device experience major hardware failure, then you can be forced to replace the entire device. However, some hardware failures are minor and can be fixed.

Solution

If the malfunctioned hardware is simple such as a blown fuse or capacitor, you can replace them with a new one. However, if you lack the necessary knowledge, then it is wise to call an expert to fix the problem for you, QuickTech is always here to help you with fixing all your technical problems. If the hardware problem is major and beyond repair, then you will have no choice but to look for a new replacement. However, you need to note that some DIY repair on smart home devices can make the manufacture warranty void.

3. Surprise activation

There is nothing more frustrating than having a smart home device that demands your attention all the time and mostly for the wrong reasons. This problem is common mostly in smart home sensors and CCTV cameras. Security devices need to be accurate and trustworthy. Getting false alarm almost all the time is very frustrating. In fact, you may easily ignore the alert when it is indeed true because you are used to getting false alarms.

Solution

Use features that are able to recognize real human threats. Nowadays, many smart CCTV cameras can ignore movements that are not compromising your home security. Customize your device to ensure that it only gets activated at the right time.

4. The device drains the battery too fast

Smart home devices work perfectly until when you realize that their batteries drain too fast. Most smart home devices such as door sensors and other low energy devices need battery replacement every 2 years. However, high energy devices such as motion sensors and cameras require frequent battery replacement. Remember that if a smart home device battery is dead, then the device will be of no use to you.

Solution

First, check your smart home device setting to make sure that they are okay. Some setting will trigger the device to consume more power. Also, make sure the devices are not far from the Wi-Fi signal. If the battery has outlived its recommended lifespan, then you should replace it with a brand new one.

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