Non-profit organization Wi-Fi Alliance has introduced a new certification program to deliver standard home Wi-Fi experience while eliminating dead spots. The Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Home Design program aims to offer users a consistent whole-home coverage from the very first day users move into their new homes.
Homebuilders are able to follow the guidelines published by the organization and get certified. The guidelines define access point placement to assure the whole house, including the garage and the patio, has Wi-Fi signals.
With the growing smart home adoption, Wi-Fi coverage and stability have become increasingly critical for homeowners and their connected home gadgets, such as light bulbs, door locks, thermostats and wireless speakers.
“Homes that are certified for Wi-Fi Home Design provide whole-home Wi-Fi coverage with professionally designed networks that are ready for demanding applications,” said Edgar Fiqueroa, president and CEO of Wi-Fi Alliance, in a statement.
U.S.-based Lennar is said to be the first homebuilder offering new homes certified by Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Home Design. Lennar plans to include the certification as part of its Everything’s Included program – which also offers Internet, smart home technology and wireless entertainment services.
Lennar’s new smart home will also provide Amazon Echo speakers and Amazon Alexa integration. In other words, homeowners can control lights, locks and the front door, and set up the thermostat by talking to Alexa, on the very first day they move in. The package includes Samsung SmartThings hubs, Honeywell thermostats, Ring video doorbells, Lutron smart lights, Sonos speakers and smart locks from Bladwin or Kwikset.
Lennar’s new houses with the Wi-Fi Alliance certification are expected to show up in the market next month, in the 19 states where the company has a presence.
The Wi-Fi Alliance has also worked with Leviton, a smart home product manufacturer, to create these “Wi-Fi Certified Home Designs,” ensuring proper communication throughout a new property. There are currently seven approved designs.
“With the rapid adoption of smart devices, homeowners appreciate reliable Wi-Fi performance throughout their homes. As a manufacturer of state-of-the-art lighting controls, we support the Wi-Fi Alliance certification program to assure a high-quality customer experience,” said Daryoush Larizadeh, president and chief operating officer of Leviton Manufacturing Co.
Since 2000, the Wi-Fi Alliance has certified more than 35,000 Wi-Fi products. With the new home certification program, the alliance is moving in the direction that echoes its goal – to bring Wi-Fi to more people and places.