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Here at Gold Class, we’re constantly amazed by the incredible technology that is being released across the world, especially in the field of home automation. We see smartphones and touch-screen devices now controlling everything including home theatres, lighting, climate control, blinds and garage doors – just to name a few.

But what about the technology that isn’t seen?

Having all the latest home automation technology installed is one thing, but there is one vital element that they all heavily rely on – the home network.

In today’s society, a home network is one of the fundamentals of any family household. More and more of the entertainment that we want to stream to our home devices is delivered over our local wireless or wired network, via the internet. Getting the latest and greatest Smart TV is all well and good, but if Netflix is competing with numerous other devices to get a high-quality stream, it defeats the purpose.

The Problem

If you took a moment to count the number of devices that are crowding your home network, you would probably be shocked. Just a decade ago, you could have done this on one hand. Nowadays, one hand might get full just counting one family member’s devices. Laptops, desktops, tablets, phones, TVs, home theatres, gaming consoles, streaming devices and even some appliances are only some of the devices that flood our home networks.

home-network-diagramWhen you consider this number of devices and the amount of information that is being beamed throughout the airwaves of your home, you have to wonder, how your network is coping?

The Solution

Earlier this year, our friends at Control4 have acquired Pakedge, a leader in advanced home networking products. Pakedge is “one of the most advanced, intelligent, and powerful networking solution in the world” – Control4 Blog

While many standard routers and wifi modems struggle to keep up with bandwidth and high demand of the devices we use and the content we access on a day-to-day basis, Pakedge stands apart with an innovation called Pakedge Zones. This technology can prioritise the network traffic throughout your home by creating ‘zones’ and giving the quality of service to the devices that need it most.

Another major feature of Pakedge is their inbuilt wireless access points that can be strategically placed throughout the home in walls and ceilings. While standard home wifi setups all trace back to one main access point, Pakedge gives complete wifi coverage throughout the home and even outside.

“People have learned to just accept the mediocre experience of Wi-Fi,” says Control4 Director of Product Marketing Brad Hintze. “They’ve gotten used to walking to a different spot in the house to get a better signal. With a system like Pakedge, improvements to wireless performance are immediate and obvious; the system has enough processing power and memory to support all of the wireless clients in the home, even if you host a packed dinner party. With Pakedge, mediocre Wi-Fi is a thing of the past.”

Don’t just take our word for it

If you can’t tell, we are super excited about what Pakedge can do for your home network but don’t just take our word for it. Pakedge has this year for the fourth consecutive year, secured their place as the number one player in CE Pros 100 top brands Home Network category.


Get in touch with our team today to find out how Gold Class Audio Visual can help you get your home network running the way it should be.

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