Best Network for Your Smart Places

The relationship between the Internet of Things (IoT) and the places it connects can be complex and we began the exploration in “Smart Places for the Rest of Us” (The Architechnologist, March 28, 2016). As connected devices proliferate, they should also become easier to connect and need to have the network to perform all the tasks we ask of them.

Continuing the series discussing the IoT for those who do not want (or are not able) to make an investment in installed connected devices. Rental apartments, historical properties, or simply those who are first investigating the potential of the Internet of Things in their unique situation–all perfect examples of IoT that are not destined to be permanently installed.

A few of the topics that will be included in the “Smart Places for the Rest of Us” series:

  • Backbone: hubs — “Smart Places for the Rest of Us” (March 28, 2016).
  • Network: router — right in this very article, keep reading.
  • Lifestyle: lights, HVAC
  • Security: locks, cameras, smoke detectors
  • Entertainment: audio and video
  • and more…

Keeping Your Own IoT Connected—the Router

Before the Internet of Things can run on any hub, the system needs a connection… a robust router with not only the power to handle multiple devices but all the other connections that are constantly drawing on the network.

D-Link AC5300 Ultra Wi-Fi Router
D-Link AC5300 Ultra Wi-Fi Router
Image Credit: D-Link

After meeting with some of the team from D-Link at CES in January 2016, we received an AC5300 Ultra Wi-Fi Router (DIR-895L/R) from D-Link. Designed with huge tri-band performance, smart connect technology and a 1.4 GHz Dual Core Processor this router seems to be perfect for putting a multitude of connected devices online.

Building on the power of this router is the upcoming D-Link Unified Home Wi-Fi Network Kit, the recipient of the CES Innovations 2016 Design and Engineering Honoree Award. This kit includes a router-extender (or more) that are designed to provide bandwidth to the entire home, with cutting-edge features including:

  • Smart Steering: Devices automatically connect to the router and range extender depending on which networking device provides the optimal Wi-Fi signal.
  • Dynamic Adaptation: Load balancing designed to ensure the 2.4GHz and 5GHZ bands are optimized.
  • Multi-Hop Connections: Enhanced path selection for seamless use and device transferring between router and extender.

As more devices are being used throughout the home that require high bandwidth, not just Internet of Things devices, but also streaming HD video and online gaming, users will need a network that can keep up with demand. Systems like the Unified Home Wi-Fi Network Kit will use adaptive technology — connected devices will automatically hop between the router and extenders based on the connection that is providing the best performance at any given moment on any given device.

Best Network for Your Smart Places is cross-published on The Architechnologist, a site dedicated to exploring technologies that change the way we experience the world around us.

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Michael Kaufman draws on fifteen years of professional expertise as an Architect and a passion for cutting-edge technology to publish the Architechnologist – an online magazine dedicated to exploring the emerging technology that affects how we experience the world around us. Michael was recognized as one of the "Top Tech Writers To Watch In 2016" by Data2GoWireless. He also serves as a judge for the Innovations Design and Engineering Awards at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. He regularly participates in roundtables and speaking engagements as a thought-leader and influencer.