The level of strain the smart plugs put on a Wi-Fi network has been a curiosity of mine. My internet performance can be poor at times, but I have no idea if this is a problem with bandwidth on my local network or with my ISP (Cox). Have you seen anyone experiment with this or shown there to be an appreciable effect on how other devices (laptops, phones, etc.) perform?
This is interesting, as I always assumed the 20 plug limit was a hard limit set by Sense. Would setting up a secondary Wi-Fi network dedicated to smart home devices be a good way to both ensure the plugs don’t hinder Wi-Fi performance on other devices, and increase the max plug limit? Does this soft limit mean the max # of plugs is theoretically infinite if the network had enough bandwidth?
Regarding the potential bottlenecks… Is data from the plugs routed directly to the cloud, and then from the cloud to the Sense apps (Wi-Fi, router, and ISP bandwidth potential bottle necks)? Or does the plug data first have to be sent to the Sense unit in the utility panel (making the radio of the Sense unit another potential bottleneck)?
How does one know when they’ve maxed out the # of smart plugs they can use? i.e., when the Sense FAQ post mentions “Typical Sense users can use about 20 smart plugs without issue”, what are the issues one would expect to see? Degraded performance on all network devices, or just on how the plugs perform? In other words, is the amount of total bandwidth the smart plugs can consume capped or denoted as a low priority to prevent disturbing regular network usage?