Why my smart appliances are not working?

Why my smart appliances are not working?

A very important step in setting up a smart appliance at home is its initial configuration. This usually requires the user to connect the device to a local Wi-Fi network. An important thing to notice here is that most Wi-Fi routers operate on two different frequency bands being 2.4GHz and 5GHz. The majority of smart appliances available on the market use 2.4GHz. Therefore, it is good to connect all of them to an access point operating on this frequency band.

Furthermore, to successfully operate with smart devices, a smartphone needs to be connected to the same kind of hotspot (2.4GHz band). If your device is unable to properly connect to the router, then the problem may be because of the strength of the Wi-Fi signal around the house. If your home has areas where your smartphone or laptop is unable to establish a wireless Internet connection, your smart appliances will most likely have the same problem. It is important to consider placing your Wi-Fi router in the central location of where you install the smart devices. If this solution still does not provide a reliable connection, you might need to consider adding a range extender, signal repeater, or simply another router to your Wi-Fi network.

The configuration of some smart appliances may also require a Bluetooth connection in the process of their installation. In this case, you need to strictly follow the guidelines in the device’s manual so that you do not mix up the two types of wireless communication standards (Bluetooth and Wi-Fi). Another thing to bear in mind is that the Bluetooth’s range is very limited compared to the Wi-Fi, so it is crucial to stay close to the device while using this kind of connection when it is being configured.

Overall, hardware failures are not a frequent cause of Smart Home system malfunctions. Most Smart Home system potential issues originate from the improper configuration or low local Wi-Fi network quality. Furthermore, it is important to keep in mind that a lot of low power smart appliances run on a battery as a power supply. This may cause problems in the long run after the initial installation (i.e. in a couple of years).