Hey guys Matt here from mksmarthouse.com and in this article I am going to give you a demoof the Network we are going to be creating. So the point of this demo is to show you the system in action as well as how it all works. Also, when each one of these 4 videos in the network series hits 100 likes I will releasethe video of setting up the home automation server with OpenHAB 2 sooner than it is planned. Anyway, let’s start off with the device in action part. This Smart Home stuff is really cool, but I just don’t understand how they works together.
I don’t … Let me just take out my phone and as you can see we have a couple different wifi networks. With the network we have two sets of wireless we have the guest wifi and the normal personalwifi. Then within those two sets we have the 2.4GHz and the 5GHz. The 5GHz is the faster one and whenever possible always use it but some devices are not 5GHzcapable so they would use the 2.4GHz. Another thing is that with this network and the wireless I have full wifi coverage throughoutthe property from outside to the second floor. Which for this Smart Home system is very necessary. Hey what’s up!
Xiaomi invited me to attend their first MIDC IOT conference. Some interesting developments… We can also access anyone of these wifi networks from anywhere around the house. With this network we can also connect many wired device that we have. To end off what it can do I am just going to show you the speed test of the wired networkand the wireless network. It can handle quite a bit. So, now let’s go over how it all works. Down here in the basement we have the main network which consists of the Modem, Routerand ethernet switch.
We start off by getting internet from the ISP through this coaxial cable which thengoes into the modem and gets outputted through this red ethernet cable and goes into therouter. The router is the brain of the network as it assigns IP addresses and talks with themodem. This router also is one part of the wireless setup. Then we have this yellow ethernet cable which goes to the ethernet switch and it distributesthe ethernet signal between all the wired devices in the house including the two wifiaccess points that I have. One of the access points is in the garage so I have an ethernet cable running to thereand then I have another access point in my room where I have ethernet jack that goesto the ethernet switch. The access points are what are responsible for increasing the wifi range which is whyI have two of them in addition to the main router’s wifi. I am not saying they are necessary to everyone but what is necessary is complete wifi coveragethroughout the entire home so all the future sensors and devices can connect to it.
That’s it that is the network we will be creating in the next couple of videos, firstis the hardware video where we connect everything, next is the software video where we configureeverything and then lastly, we have the final installation video where we mount and installeverything in their final positions. If, you have a network already which you probably already do, then you should still watch thesevideos as there might be something I do differently than you. Also, even if you have a network you could get some ideas from mine on some upgradesyou could possibly do such as a new router or increasing the wifi range using accesspoints. Some of you might be saying, just show us the smart home stuff and I am, I am showingthe complete process from start to finish of a smart home and the network by far isthe most important because if you don’t have a strong network the communication betweendevices will be terrible and your smart home will fail. The point is make sure you have a very stable and fast network, which you can watch thesenext videos to make sure.