3 Ways a Stronger Network Improves Home Technology

3 Ways a Stronger Network Improves Home Technology

Get faster, more reliable performance from your devices while also improving your network security with help from Barrett’s Technology Solutions trusted integrators We know our tech savvy clients probably know the basics of setting up a home network: You plug a modem into the wall, then plug a wireless router into the modem, and you’re up and running. However, if this is still the setup, you’re using for the devices in your home in 2019, you’re in dire need of an upgrade. There are so many devices in our homes with wireless internet connectivity compared to years past. This puts a tremendous amount of strain on your network, which could cause all sorts of problems. Security and logistical concerns that didn’t exist before the proliferation of Wi-Fi devices are now big issues for homeowners. Here are a few reasons why your existing home network installation isn’t enough in 2019, and what homeowners in Illinois’ Gold Coast gain from a network upgrade. SEE ALSO: Behind the Scenes: How Home Networking Impacts Your System MORE INTERNET-ENABLED DEVICES Think about all the devices you and your family have that connect to the internet: desktop and laptop computers, phones, gaming consoles, speakers, TVs, thermostats, security devices, light fixtures and even some appliances. Your network is clearly overloaded and with all these devices fighting for bandwidth and your overall connectivity is likely to drop. If you’re still relying on a single wireless router to cover your entire home and you haven’t looked at the cabling you’re using, you’re going to see long load times and the occasional network crash. Our experienced, knowledgeable staff will...
3 Powerful Smart Home Upgrades

3 Powerful Smart Home Upgrades

Chicagoland builders and designers should keep these systems in mind for their next retrofit or new construction projects We’re well into spring at this point in the year, which is both a seasonal high point for buying and selling homes. It’s also the time homeowners start thinking about spring cleaning, and both factors make this an ideal time for builders and designers to suggest smart home upgrades for their clients. But how do you stand out in a crowded market, especially as automation technology becomes increasingly common in homes? As the Chicago area’s leading smart home company, we’d suggest these three systems for your next project. SEE ALSO: Why Should Your Design-Build Firm Partner with Barrett’s? OUTDOOR LIGHTING CONTROL Spring and summer are the time for backyard barbecues and other get-togethers, which makes giving homeowners a way to make those events easier. Why should their backyard party stop just because the sun has set? With outdoor lighting control, the fun can last all night long. With outdoor lighting control, residents can highlight outdoor elements or architectural features to create a more customized and appealing design. In-ground well lights can add subtle lighting around plants or trees, while colored LEDs can help add some visual flourish to a home’s exterior aesthetic. These systems also give homeowners the same benefits lighting control provides in indoor spaces. Your clients get centralized controls using their phones, a substantial increase in energy efficiency and the opportunity to customize their exterior lighting to a much finer degree. HOME ENTRY SYSTEM If you are away from your home this spring on vacation or on a business...
The Benefits of a Upgrade For Your Home Network

The Benefits of a Upgrade For Your Home Network

Larger homes with a greater number of Wi-Fi enabled devices put strain on the network of your home, but Barrett’s can help More and more devices in our homes rely on your home network: Smartphones, tablets, laptop and desktop computers, gaming consoles and so on. When you add up all the necessary connected devices then factor in your home automation system on top of that, it’s no wonder you might be seeing some strain on your network. What’s the best solution? Simple: A network upgrade from our trusted staff at Barrett’s Technology Solutions. Here are three key benefits of a home networking solution for your Hinsdale, IL home. SEE ALSO: Behind the Scenes: How Home Networking Impacts Your System FASTER SPEEDS When you’re trying to watch a movie, play games online or simply browse the Internet, you expect a quick response time. That may not be the case if you’re relying on a single wireless router to cover your home or you have an unreliable connection. This will cause all sorts of frustrating glitches and even device crashes. This is especially true when it comes to video streaming. To get the most from 4K video content, you need the right equipment as well as the sufficient network speed and bandwidth. You won’t get that with a subpar network. A professional network installation alleviates many of these issues. Our staff will take a look at the wiring in your home as well as your modem, router and other equipment to give you optimal speeds and full wireless coverage throughout your home. GET MORE FROM YOUR DEVICES The individual elements of...
How to Get the Best Outdoor Entertainment for Your Home

How to Get the Best Outdoor Entertainment for Your Home

Enjoy the Warm Weather with an Outdoor Audio Video Installation As brutal as Chicago winters can be, there’s no better place to be than outdoors once springtime hits. Now is really the time when Illinois homeowners should be thinking about what kind of entertainment upgrades they’d like to make to their outdoor areas. Of course, the right audio video installation for a roof deck in a Chicago home will be entirely different than what’s best for a backyard in the suburbs. That’s why we’ve put together this quick guide to the best outdoor entertainment options and setups for each environment. For Backyards or Patios There are so many factors that can affect outdoor entertainment in the typical backyard setting. The location of the pool, the size of the patio, the amount of landscaping…all of these things will need to be taken into consideration when designing the best entertainment system for your space. Generally speaking, however, this is the typical technology setup: Audio An outdoor audio setup should include weather-resistant components that won’t be damaged by Illinois’ harsh winter snow or summer rain. We recommend using Sonance Landscape Series speakers and buried subwoofer. You’ll get excellence sound quality from subtle speakers that don’t distract from the beauty of your outdoor living space. Video Your two main options for video are an outdoor home theater setup or a television. If you are used to hosting large parties, a projector and screen is a good idea, but if you just want something for watching your favorite movie while relaxing in the Jacuzzi, we suggest an outdoor television from a reputable brand like...
Is Your Network Harming Smart Home Performance?

Is Your Network Harming Smart Home Performance?

Strong Home Networking is Essential for Smart Home Automation The most advanced technology in the world isn’t much use if you can’t get it to work properly. If you’ve been frustrated by lagging audio, devices that won’t connect to the internet, or slow buffering when streaming video, the odds are likely that your network isn’t strong enough to support your Illinois smart home. This is especially true in areas like Chicago, where the dense population causes so much network interference. It’s a common issue with an easy solution. Keep reading to learn about the role that home networking plays in smart home success and how you can easily improve the reliability of your automation system. Where Home Networking Fits In Most people don’t think about the network when getting started with smart home automation. They stick with the generic router from the Internet Service Provider and assume it’ll work just fine. But as internet-connected devices such as smart TVs and tablets become more popular, they put more of a strain on the network’s resources.  Standard routers simply don’t provide adequate service for homes, even ones that don’t have full automation systems. Of course, the more smart devices you have set up throughout your home, the more pressure that puts on your home network. Each of these devices needs to communicate with each other seamlessly and instantly in order to create that perfect environment for you. If you were trying to drive ten different cars across the country, you’d need a lot more fuel than you would for one car alone. The same concept applies to smart devices—you need to...