Upgrading Your Clients’ Connectivity to Accommodate Home Control Systems

Serge Lombardi

On July 17th In Home Control, Intrusion, IP Tech Tips, Networking
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

wireless communication network abstract image visual

It is becoming increasingly apparent that we have entered a networked world where we are surrounded by devices that are connected to the local network via Wi-Fi. Whether it’s a smart door lock, thermostat, lighting controls or a mobile device that can control them all, almost every system has the need for access to a network via Wi-Fi.  While our entire industry is deeply entrenched in this fact, Home Control has come to a point where it thrives on the need for reliable wireless connectivity.  The prevailing demand for networked systems and mobile enabled devices has made a reliable wireless network a necessity to keep customers happy and systems working properly.

The increasing bandwidth requirements can be taxing on older existing Wi-Fi Access Points (WAPs). The typical combination Wi-Fi access point & router simply cannot keep up with the “big pipe” connectivity that is required.

Low voltage salespeople and technicians should always investigate a client’s current Wi-Fi setup when visiting a customer’s home or facility.  If the client still has older 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, they are in need of new wireless access points. Larger homes or facilities may require several new access points.  By using one of many available Wi-Fi testing apps on your smartphone, you can quickly identify and test your client’s Wi-Fi coverage and signal strength.

If the client has a single WAP/router that is using the older technology Wi-Fi standards, it is a simple matter to change that device out with a higher bandwidth WAP/router such as the one pictured below.

WAP Router

WAP Router

This particular device provides four 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet ports for local wired devices and has the latest Wi-Fi 802.11ac standard access point that can deliver a theoretical 1300 Mbps of throughput.  Using multiple channels simultaneously, this device is a drop-in replacement for older Wi-Fi routers that will most likely double or triple the client’s Wi-Fi performance.  It is important to note this device is backward compatible with the older 802.11 b/g/n standards, so older client devices will still function the same, providing that the previous installer programmed the same SSID and security code into the new WAP/router.  This device also provides the ability to set up a separate “guest” Wi-Fi connection so that visitors to a home or office can quickly access the Wi-Fi but they can only go to the Internet and cannot connect with any of the other devices wired or wireless on that LAN.

To effectively manage multiple WAPs manufacturers such are producing WAP controllers that make the programming of the Wi-Fi access points very simple and very secure.

WAP Controller

WAP Controller


WAP controllers connect to the client’s LAN with a standard Cat5e/6 cable.  Once the device on the LAN and the WAPs are wired onto the network, you only need to turn the controller box on, and it will immediately identify and connect to all of the WAPs.  The programming is centralized; any settings such as guest network, MAC address lockout, and WPA security codes are input to the controller which then programs and handles the individual WAPs.

An important feature to look for in a WAP controller is the ability to manage the handoffs between WAPs when a client is moving from one WAP towards another.  As the first WAP’s signal weakens and the second WAP gets a stronger signal, the controller will pass the client’s device Wi-Fi connectivity to the appropriate WAP.

Your customers will love the “supercharged” Wi-Fi you have installed, and you open the gateway for the addition of new Internet of Things (IoT) and smart devices such as smart doorbells, shade controls, door locks, etc.

If you need assistance with networking or Wi-Fi requirements for your next Home Control installation, ADI’s Systems, Sales and Support Team is here to help. You can contact the ADI System, Sales and Support Team at 1.800.ADI.SYS1.

 Home Control Footer for Blog  Networking Footer for Blog








Happy Independence Day from ADI

ADI Global Distribution

On July 4th In ADI Corporate Messages

ADI would like to wish all of our friends and followers a happy and a healthy Independence Day!      

Come See ADI at InfoComm 2017

ADI Global Distribution

On June 14th In Events
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

If you are at InfoComm 2017, then do not miss everything there is to see at ADI’s newly redesigned booth! (#743). Stop by to learn how ADI can help introduce you to new technologies that will help you gain additional revenue streams by expanding into new markets.  

Don’t Miss ADI at InfoComm 2017

Cynthia Menna

On June 8th In A/V, Access, ADI Corporate Messages, Audio/Video, Communications, Events, Home Control, Intrusion
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

InfoComm 2017 is here, and if you are going to be at the show in Orlando, you won’t want to miss everything there is to see at the ADI booth #743. ADI Global Distribution is focused on introducing integrators to new technologies that will help them gain additional revenue streams by expanding into new markets as [...]

Access Control as a Service

Kate Rose

On June 2nd In Access, System Sales Tips & Marketing Concepts
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Whether commercial or residential, Access Control is one of the most critical aspects of a property’s physical security. As long as crime and vandalism exist, there will be a need for physical access control, but with today’s widespread use of mobile digital technology, the need for electronic Access Control systems is rising to new heights. [...]

Fire Alarm Trends to Keep an Eye On

Barry Sangirardi

On May 26th In Communications, Fire
Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Installing fire prevention systems can be steady work. Since the industry is driven by Fire Code, every building holds the potential for a sale if you work in the Fire/Life Safety field. However, it seems as though the Fire Category has not seen as many advancements that others in the Security Industry have, but the [...]

Home Control Trends to Look Out For

Serge Lombardi

On April 28th In Home Control, Intrusion
Tags: , , , , , , ,

Home Control is all about bringing the digital and physical together in ways that make use of more of your senses.  Technological advancements in smart devices and the Internet of Things (IoT) continue to make the Home Control experience more engaging and informative, but there is still much more to come. Here are some trends [...]

Win More Business & Add More Profit with Project Registration from ADI

ADI Global Distribution

On April 12th In ADI Corporate Messages, System Sales Tips & Marketing Concepts
Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

At ADI Global Distribution we understand the importance of completing a project and staying within your customer’s budget. With more than 50 participating manufacturers, ADI’s Project Registration can help you build complete systems at a lower cost. Our Project Registration Program allows dealers to gain exclusive discounts from industry-leading suppliers which is a savings you [...]

ADI Wins 2017 Quest For Quality Awards

ADI Global Distribution

On April 5th In ADI Corporate Messages, Events
Tags: , , , ,

The readers of CE Pro have awarded ADI the “Quest for Quality” award for our Trade Show Presence for the second year in a row, along with our RMR Support and Technical Support. Thanks to all of you who voted for us! If you would like to see our award winning trade show presence first-hand, then stop [...]

Don’t Miss ADI at ISC West 2017

Stu Tisdale

On March 23rd In A/V, Access, ADI Corporate Messages, Audio/Video, Communications, Events, Fire, Intrusion, IP Solutions, IP Surveillance Video, Life Safety, Networking, Video Surveillance
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Featuring a Newly Redesigned Show Booth and the Return of ADI’s AV Technology Pavilion If you are going to be at the 2017 ISC West show in Las Vegas you won’t want to miss everything there is to see at the ADI booth #12031. ADI will be premiering a brand new redesigned booth at this [...]