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Hi, pretty new to this and wondering if adding loads of new automation products connecting to my BT Hub router is going to make problems.

I guess in short is there a limit to number of things you can link up to a router and if so how do you get around this when trying to automate your home.

 

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Hey Paul - Welcome!

I'm going to give you a short explanation, and then show you a video I did a while ago.

Your router has a certain processing power on it, just like any computer or data processing device, so there is a limit.  Often times though, the processing power isn't what limits you.  What you'll find limits you more often than not is the maintaining of connections.  WiFi devices tend to need to maintain a connection, or else there's additional load/work on your router.

So in short, yes, there is an upper limit.

Having said that, I'm running a solid 40 devices on my Asus AC86U (can provide a link if you want) and haven't hit that end just yet.  I had some initial struggles with disconnection of devices, but I've managed to smooth everything out through just playing with the location of a few of the higher bandwidth devices.

Now here's that video.  It talks lots about the other smart home protocols, but it also talks about the limits on devices and might be of benefit to you!

 

 

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Thanks Brian, very helpful. Enjoying your channel, videos are very good, clear to understand and really helpful to beginners like me. Cheers from the UK.

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