5G for a Better Smart Home?

5G for a Better Smart Home?


In the last post we talked about Edge Computing and how it is likely to impact IoT functionality specifically as it relates to the smart home environment.  One caveat that is sure to increase the adoption of Edge Computing is the inevitable proliferation of 5G networks in the years ahead. AT&T has already launched part of its planned 5G network this year, and the other major cellular networks are set to follow suit towards the end of this year and certainly in 2020.


What is the 5G Network?


What are the pros and cons of the 5G Network?



Vastly increased speed

Density of users on the network w/o causing congestion issue

Broad range

Very low latency 



Power consumption


How will 5G affect smart home functionality?


Initially, we expect it will replace existing 4G-LTE functions which currently serve such pruposes as backup communications for home security systems with cams like Arlo (link). 


It also has the potential to clean up perhaps the most significant barriers to widespread smart home technology adoption of connected devices by simplifying the current mess of multiple communication protocols making it challenging to create an integrated environment. 


Henry Clifford, president of Livewire, believes that new 5G offerings will make the technology solutions from custom integrators work more seamlessly as consumers transition throughout the day. “Hopping from home Wi-Fi to mobile 5G won’t seem like a big deal anymore,” he offered.


For some, the concept of paying for a fixed-premise 5G system will seem funny, Clifford noted. “Watch for wireless providers to hand out hubs until the hardware world starts baking in 5G into electronics or 5G figures out how to serve up native 802.11ac,” he said.




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