The newest and greatest gadgets of today have all the capabilities of making our lives easier.  From reminding us of important events to turning on our lights; the market is finally offering us the tools that were once only showing up in Sci Fi movies.  Who doesn’t love asking the house to turn on your lights or spell out a word that seems to escape all logic?

Recently, I did an inventory of our home gadgets and was really surprised at home many we’ve accumulated over time that take up valuable bandwidth.  Bandwidth’ describes the rate at which data can be transferred to your computer from a website or internet service within a specific time.[1]  The more stuff you have needing the internet, the more bandwidth it takes to get that fast service. In other words, your modem and your router are your best friends in a gadget friendly home (as well as your high speed internet plan).

If you or your kids like to Google, stream YouTube or shows, work at home on the computer; the amount of bandwidth you may need to accommodate those multiple gadgets can either make your life seamlessly efficient or drive you absolutely bonkers waiting for that frozen screen to turn over.  Ugghh right? So rule of thumb: when you add a new super cool gizmo; write down all the tech now using the internet, take a picture of your router and modem’s specs (it’s on the little paper that usually is stuck to the unit) and take that in with you before you buy.  Speak to a knowledgeable sales person to make sure you don’t need to upgrade your units to get the best coverage.  Lastly, check your high speed internet plan too. Slow up may also be due to the amount of speed you get from the internet service.

Just in case, none of this makes sense for now, here’s a link to some expert advice.

Buyers see technology as cool additions to a home.  What they don’t want are devices that are not easy to incorporate to their day to day.  So be proactive, enjoy the fun things you just bought and added and then do maintenance checks to make sure that you have the right amount of tech to back up all those fun toys you just added.

In case you’re wondering what may take up internet service, here’s a quick list:

  • Online printers
  • Apple TV
  • Computers
  • Xbox
  • Wii
  • Smart TV’s
  • Echo or Google Home devices
  • Smart Doorbells
  • Smart appliances and devices such as thermostats