Do Smart Home Devices Need Faster Internet?


Home automation is a whole new level of convenience and security inside your home. With devices that can turn on the oven and adjust the thermostat with a flick of the wrist, your home has never been more interconnected. However, with all the devices that can provide a truly smart home, do you also need to invest in a high speed internet to keep up with it all?

In truth, most smart home devices use profoundly little internet connection. Most devices simply need to access the internet to send one command. What really eats up bandwidth is a lot of continuous data transfer. Turning up the AC from your phone, for example, is really only sending that one command and that’s it. It has essentially no effect on your internet speeds. Thermostats, light bulbs, and door locks, and appliance automation can get by with just bare-bones internet connection so there is no worry there.

There is one smart device that does use more bandwidth than you would expect. While obviously items like smart speakers may use more bandwidth when streaming music, the real smart device that demands more internet bandwidth is cameras. Items like security cameras or doorbell cameras will place a much larger demand on your available bandwidth. For example, Nest doorbell cameras can use upwards of 4 mbps in order to provide you with 1080p HD video.

While if you have a decent internet package, this won’t cause much strain, you will still want to consider an upgrade. It is recommended that for every camera-using systems such as doorbell video and other security cameras, you should invest in an extra 5 mbps on your internet package so you don’t see any slow down in your bandwidth. You can adjust the recording resolution of many home video systems, but this can undermine the details that you want recorded in your security footage.