How the new age of 5G will benefit your smart home
2019 saw the UK’s first 5G networks open their airwaves, creating a huge amount of anticipation around the quantum leap in connectivity and speed that the new system could offer.
If you want to learn a bit more about what 5G is before you get started, check out our previous blog here.
Although the excitement was slightly premature, with only two of the UK’s major networks up and running on 5G in May and coverage still restricted to major cities at the end of 2019, the 5G rollout has still been successful. According to TechRadar, on one test in central London, EE’s 5G network hit speeds of 550 Mbps (Megabytes Per Second). This was fast enough to download a 1GB video file in just 43 seconds.
The rise of 5G does offer some amazing possibilities, and not just for getting access to your favourite TV shows on the go; the speed, connectivity and other benefits of 5G could have a huge impact on how your Smart Home runs too!
No (Internet) Speed Bumps
The first benefit that most people will see with 5G is a massive speed increase through their mobile devices. 5G has the potential to rival, and best, most current wired home broadband systems for speed and can offer these speeds whether you’re at home or on the go.
For the smart home, the connection speed increases will make a huge difference to devices that require internet streaming; think Ring’s Smart Doorbell, or Yale’s Indoor WiFi Camera. Both of these devices offer live video streaming direct to your device, which can cause issues if you are running off a slow network connection. With 5G, you’ll get crystal-clear viewing no matter where you are, so you can always recognise your neighbour at your door.
These days, you’re spoilt for choice in your streaming platform. Whether it’s Netflix, Youtube, Prime Video or any of the online systems provided by major organisations such as the BBC, streaming is here to stay.
However, the latest streaming platform goes much further than any before it. Google Stadia, an innovative video-gaming platform, leverages cloud-based storage and ultra-high capacity servers to literally stream games right to your TV. Additionally, there’s no need for updates, hard-drives or even a console.
For Stadia, 5G is critically important. The ultra-fast download speeds remove any latency and provide you with the ability to play where you want, when you want and how you want. The system is also well-placed to take advantage of another gaming companies latest 5G development – hardware manufacturer Razer’s Sila 5G Router, which was unveiled at this year’s CES show in Las Vegas.
The gaming revolution is here, and 5G is spearheading the charge.
Driving innovation to deliver new possibilities
The Smart Home market has come an immensely long way in an incredibly short time. From the first devices available to consumers, to people developing entirely automated systems through the use of Home Hubs like Samsung Smartthings and smart controls like Tado’s Thermostat and Philips Hue lighting, the entire process has taken less than 30 years.
With 5G however, the sky is truly the limit. A major roadblock to the future of smart technology has always been the speed at which data can be transferred, but with hyper-fast connections such as 5G, we could see some truly incredible innovations. Through augmented and virtual reality, we could see sporting events played out as if we’re in the stadium, whilst the sheer power and speed of 5G will mean that your smart hub will be able to manage thousands of parameters to optimise your homes energy usage.
We may still be a while away from a true 5G future and most major networks avoiding a hard date for full network coverage, the possibilities that the technology can bring are something we can all be excited about.