A smart home requires a technology infrastructure that uses a combination of wired and wireless networks.
A wired infrastructure is not only preferred, it’s a prerequisite. Each system (power, lighting, lighting control, security, entertainment etc.) should be installed on it’s own wired network, and be integrated with each other systems as part of a wider, wired network.
A wireless network compliments the wired network, and should only be used for system control, by mobile devices, remote controls etc., and for wireless internet browsing.
For consumers looking to cut costs, consider that given the relatively inexpensive cost of cabling, the wired infrastructure will be the least expensive technology system in a home.
The potential ramifications of not implementing a quality wired infrastructure are wide, and can greatly affect other technology systems throughout a modern home. A well designed wired network infrastructure will very rarely be a cause of potential problems.
Also consider, a quality wireless system requires a decent wired infrastructure to ensure adequate performance and coverage of the necessary wireless access points.
Never underestimate the importance of a wired infrastructure. With reliability and performance being primary objectives for a smart home, you should always look to minimise risk – a wired infrastructure almost always ensures this.