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The 26 year old IoT toaster

You might be mistaken for thinking that the Internet of Things is a relatively new concept. After all the majority of UK home consumers as of 2016 have no smart devices in their homes apart from a TV and possibly a games console. Other WiFi and LAN enabled devices such as energy thermostats, cameras and lightbulbs are being adopted, albeit at a slower rate.

However, all owe their existence to a Sunbeam Deluxe Automatic Radiant Control Toaster. The toaster stole the show at the 1990 Interop in the US. It used SNMP to either turn the toaster on or off. The following year a Smart Crane was included to load the bread!

Needless to say, 20 odd years later we would all like a fully automated smart home with connected appliances and energy efficient devices right? But you need the correct WiFi infrastructure able to support the myriad of gadgets that are now available on the market. We just can’t rely now on a single router supplied by our internet provider. We all want wireless, and we want it everywhere. To be able to do this you need to have multiple access points located around your property. These may be a mixture of directly connected access points and repeaters, but all need to be configured to optimise the network within the property and try and avoid 2.4 GHz unless you have to, please use 5 GHz.

Contact us to chat about the latest WiFi kit and services we can offer. We provide a range of solutions and underwrite every design. The best thing since sliced Bread.

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