Smart Home

Whether your new to Smart Home products or already have a few Smart Home devices you need to make sure your with these new devices that your are able to insure that your home and your home network are secure and provide the automation that makes your life easier. We hope this blog help you with your Smart Home.
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Rob
4/5/2020 2:19:47 PM
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Robert Hanson
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Jan 10, 2020
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My personal tips - on IOT security
One of the big mistakes with adding IOT devices to your home is not setting up a separate network for your IOT devices.

Most new routers have a guest Network that can be used for your IOT devices and by default it is isolated from your home network.

Additionally, have a personal firewall that is between you ISP and you home router in place as well as an IOT hub to provide a single point of control.

Having the hub in place on the guest Network you can enable port forwarding from your home network to your hub to be able to control your IOT devices from your home network.

With these extra security measure this will decrease your chances of a home security breach.
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4/5/2020 2:18:21 PM
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Robert Hanson
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Mar 24, 2020
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Any of you are most likely working from home with the current COVID19 going on. Many of your are most likely experiencing issue with voice calls through your computers and/or family member streaming while your working. They are a number of things that you will want to check related to your home internet setup which includes testing both your hardwire (Ethernet) call connection as well as your wifi.

If you have a computer that has an Ethernet adapter you will want to connect it to your router and perform a speed test using sites like http://speedtest.net and compare those numbers the speed your paying for. The speed may vary depending on a number of factors including the type of internet you have (phone company, broadband or fiber) which can be impacted by the number of people using the service.

Next, you will want to consider installing an app on your phone like WiFiman from Ubitquit, which I use. This will allow you to check the channels that your Wifi is using and if possible you do not want to overlap on other users Wifi. Most newer router does a good job of avoiding overlap automatically but there are those area that there are so many people using Wifi that you might not be able to avoid overlap and you may need to change to have the least amount of overlap as possible.

Next thing to check to see signal strength (the lower the -db the better the signal strength). You will want the signal strength to be under -50db for the best performance. You will want to walk around your location and check the signal strength and speed for your Wifi(s) where you will be using it the most to help you determine the best location for your router. If you are limited with the location of your router you have three options to improve your signal strength I'm the order preference. If your signal strength is good in most locations and has 1 weak spot if you can run an Ethernet cable shorter that 325' the you should consider adding an access point (AP) in the location of your weakest signal. Another option is an Wifi extender but this will provide less performance then a AP because you are extending the signal over WiFi which might be already effected by interference for other wireless devices, metal, glass or wood. Also some Wifi extenders can require you to setup another SSID so your Wifi device most likely will not automatically change your connection when you change location. If you are unable to get good signal strength multiple area at you located you might want to consider upgrading your router. If you're buying a new one you might want to consider spending the extra purchasing a Wifi 6 router to help future proof your investment (hopefully extending the time before you have to upgrade again).

I just ordered a new ASUS RT-AX58U router that will my primary router with my Cujo firewall (service up DHCP) and my existing Samsung Connect /Smartthings router connected into my new RT-AX58U which I will use for all my smart devices to provide isolation. Once receive my new router I will update this with my final configuration.

I know some of you will have other preferences of other brands and models, but this fits my budget and since it is an ASUS AiMesh router I can also easily add an additional ASUS AiMesh router with better performance at a later date.

Update: I installed the new ASUS RT-AX58U router connected to cable modem and my Cujo plugged into the ASUS router as well as my old Samsung Connect (moved to living room which had hardwire run to equipment cabinet) plugged in the the ASUS router as well. I used a new SSID on the new ASUS router so I could use the only SSID just for IOT devices.

Update 4/1/2020

I installed the new router last Thursday and have a great improvement in performance overall. I have the new router plugged into the cable modem and the Cujo firewall and old Samsung Router both plugged into the new router. When I installed the new router I left the old router with the original SSID and setup a new SSID for the new router. The new router is supplying the DHCP for both routers. The only issue that I have experience has been with my Wemo light switched which seem to be because or them only support 2.4 Ghz, so could no long be recognized. The old was I was able to get the to work again temporary unplug the old router chance and then 2.4 Ghz on the new router to the old SSID and connect my phone to the old SSID. Then reset the Wemo light switches change the new router 2.4 Ghz back to the new SSID and plug the old router back in. I did not have any issue with any of my TP-Link switch or any other devices.
Rob
3/18/2018 12:24:54 PM
4 issues with unidentified devices on your home network
Check out this articles https://www.getcujo.com/blog/unidentified-devices-network/
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