This post was originally published on April 25, 2016 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
From smart locks, doorbells, garage doors, thermostats, outlets and more, the adoption of smart technology is widespread. For the majority of smart device users, convenience and peace of mind are the top two reasons for integrating IoT devices into the home.
However, in order for these benefits to be achieved, smart devices need to be connected to a strong and stable network.
Below, we overview 4G LTE networks and the key role they play in smart home ecosystems.
The Rise of the 4G Network
Before we cover 4G, it’s important to know where it stemmed from. Since launching in the U.S. in 2002, the 3G mobile network had been the predominant network for all internet-connected devices.
It was not until 2008 that 4G ("Fourth Generation") was introduced as a means for downloading more data at faster speeds, as well as enabling hotspots. 4G LTE is a variation of 4G that is now considered the average network across devices.
Faster Networks, More Connectivity
By running smart devices on a 4G LTE cellular network, homeowners can improve equipment speed and functionality, as it transfers data at a quicker speed than other networks (i.e. 3G or 2G). With a 4G LTE connection, homeowners can have faster networks, increased broadband capacity and greater connectivity.
Why does this matter? NPR estimates over 60 million Americans own at least one smart speaker, with many owning an average of 2.6 smart devices. And, with Coronavirus forcing people to spend more time at home and prevent the spread of germs with contactless devices, the demand for smart devices is only expected to grow.
When it comes to security, 72 percent of smart-device owners purchase the devices for peace of mind. Smart homes can keep families and their beloved assets safer with equipment such as smart locks, remote access, alarms and video surveillance.
Since a 4G LTE network is a cellular connection, homeowners also don’t have to worry about cut wires or power outages making them vulnerable. Cellular connections do not require an internet connection or landline to operate, allowing systems to remain up and running at all times.
Until we see a widespread adoption of the next generation of cellular network, 4G and 4G LTE networks are a secure, convenient option for your smart home devices.