Evaluating the Drawbacks of a DIY, Wireless Smart Home Installation

What Beginners Need to Know about Building a Smart Home System

Evaluating the Drawbacks of a DIY, Wireless Smart Home Installation

A home automation system can elevate how you interact with your entire property in the Westchester County, New York area. But while DIY wireless smart home products might seem like the easier way to bring home automation to your house, there are some important drawbacks that are worth noting.

In this blog, we at Westchester Audio/Video Design Group share some important facts about DIY smart home products that you should be aware of as you build your system and detail how our team can help you build the home automation system of your dreams.


Separate Apps to Control Everything

With DIY home automation, you have to download various apps to control each product you have in your house. You need a separate app to control your Nest thermostat. You need a separate app to control your video doorbell. You need a separate app to control your smart lights. You need a separate app to control your motorized shades. The list goes on and on.

A professional home automation system lets you operate every smart solution through one centralized interface. One universal control system will manage every connected technology in your house; with user interfaces accessible through remotes, smartphone and tablet apps, wall-mounted keypads and touchscreens and so much more. You can choose the technologies in your home, and our team of professionals can help integrate the controls for them into a single system. 

Lack of Network Reliability and Security

Think, for a moment, about what smart home technology actually means. The term “smart” indicates that it uses an internet connection to operate. If your home network isn’t properly configured to support the influx of several connected devices into your home automation system, you are setting yourself up to experience significant network issues: Slow response time, pauses during streaming sessions to buffer, and so much more.

The last thing you would want from your smart home technology is for you to be unable to use it. Inconsistent connections might mean you can’t access your smart lighting system or your smart thermostat. Worse yet, it could mean that you can’t view your WiFi home surveillance cameras; which are designed to keep your property and your family safe.

Speaking of home security, a DIY home network can be vulnerable to hackers. Without the proper protections, your network can be accessed by any savvy hacker – leaving your smart home devices and your information at risk.

Our team at Westchester Audio/Video Design Group ensures your home network is properly configured to support all types of smart home technology; coordinating with your ISP and using enterprise-grade networking hardware to ensure your system not only is running smoothly and securely now but also can support any future growth you plan for your setup, as well.

Difficult Integration Between Different Systems

When you bring various DIY smart home products into your home, they often work independently. Your video doorbell doesn’t work with your smart locks. Your lights don’t work with your thermostat.

That’s why we recommend using a professional smart home integrator like Westchester Audio/Video Design Group to assist in the development of your home automation system. As we build your setup, you can have access to a universal control app that allows you to build scenes that utilize multiple technologies at once. For example, one press of a button can have your smart thermostat change the temperature, your TV turn and your shades lower – all at the same time. You can program an infinite amount of integrated commands that are suited to your lifestyle. It’s that simple.

Want to learn more about a professional home automation system and why it’s much more ideal than a DIY smart home solution?

Feel free to give us a call or fill out our online contact form to schedule a no-obligation consultation with our team in the Westchester County area. We’d love to hear from you!

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